Hmm, just read an article on going beyond Black Friday and caring for your clothes to prevent waste and the excessive buying that is the pattern for the next few weeks. And for those over the pond, did you realise Black Friday wasn’t a thing for us in the UK until quite recently? Not sure whether I want to start analysing this too closely as I could be accused of being a Mrs Grump! Anyway, at first, the article struck a chord. I mean I’m always up for any ideas on being more frugal. Because, dear reader, actually, I’m not a frugal shopper all of the time, just some of the time!
But should I aim to be even more frugal than I am? I keep saying how, if one item comes in another must come out, but should I not even be doing that? The article emphasises how we need to break free from our fashion addiction and reverse this throwaway culture. And then it gives tips on how to care for your clothes and make more of what you already have.
Seriously, some of the tips are so basic I’m sure you’re doing them already. Learn to sew a button, it said, repair and mend. And darn. Gosh, do people not do that? I must be naïve. I mean, do you do that? I mend and darn. But, hey, I want to show you a charity shop wool cardi that I bought with darning already in it!
Isn’t that a great darn!
This cardi is so warm. We’ve got a cold snap in the UK, and I’m wearing it right now. Also, it was cheap. Can’t remember how much because I’ve had it for years, but it wouldn’t have been more than £3-£5.
One of the tips is buy second-hand and keep an open mind on that. Interesting turn of phrase. I still have friends who say, ‘no, I wouldn’t buy in charity shops’. Some because they truly have enough money to buy new every time. Others feel that it’s a bit yucky buying something that’s been worn before. But the most common comment is, that I can’t find anything to suit me in a charity shop.
Here’s what I think. Do buy second-hand whenever possible. It is an ethical choice. It’s a win-win for the charity, for you and your pocket, and for the world. Because what you’re doing is re-using something that might have gone into land-fill, and we don’t want that do we! Of course, it helps if you know what you want to buy, and most of you do. But if not, that will come if you look, not just at fashion articles, but at what people are wearing in your town. Is there a look you like? Do you need another coat for winter, a new skirt and top or even some shoes? Don’t dismiss the charity shops – go search
But how to successfully shop in a charity shop, that’s the question. Here’s what I think:
- Always look, but learn to walk out and not waste your time. There are good charity shops that display their goods well – in all sizes. Ask yourself, does this charity shop make you feel good as you walk around? Then stay there. But if it’s a bit scruffy, move on.
- Keep to your usual standards. Run your hand down a rail and look for wool, silk and cotton and good labels. I like to find unworn clothes still with their label on.
- Nothing there for you, or in the next charity shop? Then maybe this town will never have what you want – go search out charity shops in other towns and other areas.
- Above all, have fun. It’s so enjoyable searching for and finding that bargain!
That’s all for now
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
P.S. I’ve been told that the photo of my French beret didn’t show the sequins at their best. So here’s the beret with sequins on display.
And another pic.