Rethinking fashion to embrace personal style and budget

 FASHION WITHOUT PRESSURE   Fashion trends to one person may differ to the next especially when it comes to quality fabrics and cost. A few months ago, I was folding some laundry and I noticed one of my sweatshirts was made in Bangladesh. I wondered if the people who had made it were still alive because in 2013 a large garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed and killed over 1,110 people. This factory manufactured clothes for a large number of brands that I happen to have in my closet. It was unsettling to think I was wearing something that had been produced in a sweatshop by workers making about 32 cents and hour. This brings a whole new meaning to the expression “slave to fashion”. I admit that I have closets and dressers overflowing with cheap, disposable clothing. I cannot believe the trash bags of clothes that we stuff into the donation bins at regular intervals. How many articles of clothing does one person need? How many of them do I actually wear on a regular basis? I read a statistic somewhere that people wear 10% of their wardrobe 90% of the time. Clearly, we need a lot less than we buy.   Fashion overflow   Why […]

Where can I get cash for second-hand clothes?

EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS   Don’t think that you can’t get cash for second-hand clothes  because you can if you know how to turn used clothes into money back in your pocket.  These days your options span from selling second-hand clothes online to having customers come to your home for a garage sale to visiting a consignment store. There was a time a couple of years ago when we shopped second-hand clothing stores because it was cheaper to buy clothes that were used rather than buying them new. The problem is that so many people are now frequenting these shops that prices have gone up exponentially to the point where you have to justify a purchase price. My new motto is “just because it’s used doesn’t mean it’s a bargain price” and it’s true, if you know your prices when you shop second-hand shops. You will be shocked at some of the prices these days although if you go to the right places you can still save some money. Going into Value Village used to be a fun trip for us because we would try to see if we could find good quality items that we would have to pay […]

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