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 […]

Would you give back a $40k find stuffed in a thrift store couch?: The Saturday weekend review #72

FINDERS KEEPERS……   Imagine that your new comfy couch that you just bought from the Thrift Store for $20 is worth more than you might make in your first year after graduation. Going to school and having to furnish your apartment with furniture can be a costly venture for a student on a budget. Aside from going to garage sales or finding free stuff online the next best place is the second-hand shops. You can find just about any type of basic furniture that you need at a second-hand store including couches that really do sell for less. You know after the school year is up you will find that couch sitting on the curb for free or in hopes the city will pick it up and discard of it, no questions asked. A while back we shared a blog post about places to stash your cash around the house and to be honest I didn’t think many people did that anymore. I’m sure there are few and for those that did it was so long ago they likely forgot they even had the money they buried away for a rainy day.   Couch cushion jackpot   I was reading […]

Scare more and spend less money in the budget this Halloween

Would You Pay $40.00 For A Can Of Soup?   Is there really any other holiday that is more fun than Halloween? It’s one day every year when we get into the spirit of Halloween and dress up in scary, outrageous and hilarious costumes, purposely try to scare people and eat lots of candy and chocolate. Could it get any better?  It’s that one day a year where adults get to unleash their inner child and bring their wild fantasies to life by becoming someone they want to impersonate. If you are in a relationship you might consider a couples Halloween costume which have on more than one occasion made us all laugh. When all the werewolves and superheroes rest for the night we pack up all the decorations and costumes and wait to do it all again next year. Buying costumes, candy and decorating your home can get expensive quick but with some planning and do-it-yourself ambition you can save yourself a lot of money in your budget from year to year.   Budget your holidays   One great way to save for the holidays like Halloween is to save money every month in your budget as a projected […]

Buying Clothes from Second Hand Shops..Is it worth it?

Do you shop at Thrift Stores? Many of these second-hand shops offer new or gently used clothing, accessories and household items for a fraction of the cost at a retail store. Who wouldn’t shop there first, right? Wrong! Some people take a look around them when they attempt to walk in a second-hand shop to make sure no one they know is around.  Myself I waltz right in as I just love second-hand shops. Tip: If you are worried what your neighbour or mate might say because they see you in the store ask yourself this “If they see you then you must see them” so what? Who cares? The stigma put on second-hand shops that they are for the poor or for starving students is WRONG. These stores such as Value Village, The Salvation Army Thrift Store ( Sally Ann)  have grown in popularity in exponential rates over the past decade. Why? The answer is easy many people now see the value in second-hand items. They also see the savings and understand  the cost to the environment and the re-use value.  Most clothing if not donated ends up in clear bags ending up in our landfills. We need to […]

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