Archive for endangered species tie

thrift store finds: rainforests ablaze tie

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , on May 14, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

(Thrift Store Finds is a mostly-weekly “column” of sorts where I discuss some of the cool stuff I’ve happened upon in my neighborhood’s St. Vincent DePaul store. Please don’t mistake me for an expert on any of the things I am writing about… I’m just a fan of a bargain.)

LOOK AT THIS MONSTROSITY.
I don’t generally think of neckties as being depressing. Hell, generally, I don’t think of neckties at all! I have a couple of professional, solid colored neckties that I wear to work- black, dark blue, that sort of thing. I also have a couple of goofy “just for fun” neckties, the kind that anyone with a semi-professional job accumulates over a couple of years. I have one tie that’s covered with pictures of The Genie from Disney’s Aladdin movie, and another with Wallace and Gromit.
Those ties are just… ties. This one is a CALL TO ACTION. As I’ve always said, the best way to get someone interested in your environmental cause is by wearing an ugly necktie.
Made by a company called Endangered Species in 1996, this soul-crushing reminder of the planet Earth’s destruction features a parrot, a toucan, and a jaguar  five seconds before the habitat they live in is consumed by flames.
I bought this for $1, but I really want to know who paid full price for this fifteen years ago. Oh, and for some reason, this necktie has a title. “Rainforests Ablaze,” it’s called.
Have I worn it to work yet? You betcha.