The other night was the school auction and I looked fab, I don’t mind saying. Everyone did. It was a 20s-ish theme and there were feathers and fringe and sequins everywhere, just gorgeous dresses and fun head-pieces. And suits, yep. Anyhoo, my dress was fairly plain but it fit the bill and I dressed it up with a feather boa [disclaimer: I bought it nearly 20 years ago and I love it but I would not buy something like that now] and etc.
I picked the dress up for a song when we went to Value Village before Halloween because of the cute frill but since it didn’t have a waist, it was a great match for the 20s theme. I had been prepared to make something but I didn’t really have time, so win win. The point is, I got it second-hand and I think that’s my thing, now.
It sort of has been for a while coz I’m a tight-ass but also those articles about where clothing donations actually go, and if we really think about it, where the clothes in store actually come from, not to mention the do we need it to begin with? The short answer for me is no, I certainly do not. I have too many clothes and nothing to wear. So aside from the usual suspects like socks and undies, and swimmers, and perhaps a sweater or jacket, I’m 99% only buying used from now on.
There are loads of reasons not to buy new, these are mine. Please think about yours.