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Plus-size women can’t wait for The Big Thrifty

In Somerville, volunteers (from left) Sonia Miller, Amy Mendosa, and Lia Cowley organize donated clothing for the Big Thrifty event on Saturday.
In Somerville, volunteers (from left) Sonia Miller, Amy Mendosa, and Lia Cowley organize donated clothing for the Big Thrifty event on Saturday.Credit: Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)

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For one day last year plus-size shoppers were able to forget about the deliberate marginalization that often defines their shopping experiences. They attended the launch of the Big Thrifty in Somerville, a secondhand-clothing sale for all genders sizes XL and up.

On Saturday the event returns for its second year, from noon to 5 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St.

“Shopping as a plus size woman can take you out of your comfort zone,” said Dianne Brown of Arlington, who loved shopping at last year’s Big Thrifty .

“It was great to go and know that you’re going to find something that fits you. . . It was like a candy store. And there were women of all different sizes and shapes, and everyone was laughing and having a great time. This is how shopping should be.”

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