I remember when I was young I used to get hand-me-downs on a regular basis from older cousins or neighbors. When I was younger our family didn’t have much money, so I’m sure it was a huge help to them to receive clothes for their kids. Personally I thought it was great! A whole bunch of new (to me) clothes and I didn’t have to go clothes shopping!
I still feel that way when I get clothes handed down to me from friends. I haven’t bought more than 2 pair of pants, a blouse and a few “unmentionables” in the last three years. I haven’t had to – people keep giving me clothes.
I am the place that all old clothes go. Folks know I send clothes and other small items to charities regularly (it’s easy – the truck comes right to my house), and it is easier for them to give it to me when we see each other than to drag it to the charities themselves (no truck to any of their homes). In a few cases I’ve saved clothes from the trash – since that seems to be an option for many folks.
When the items come to me I “shop”, then weed out what I have in my own closet or bureau and send items to charity when there is a bag or two ready to go.
When a good friend of mine died, I ended up with a drawer full of tee-shirts, a few mens dress shirts and a very special sweater.
Then my mom bought a jacket for herself and didn’t like it so she passed it on to me. She has also passed on a few nice sweaters. (How else would I end up with designer clothes in my closet?)
Then another friend gave me a few garbage bags full of sweaters (I get more compliments on the mens clothes I wear.)
Next, a neighbor of mine lost a bunch of weight and gave me a bunch of (expensive!) jeans and tee shirts.
And just recently, a good friend went through all his clothes in storage and sent me a garbage bag full of socks and 15 pair assorted pants and as many shorts, two huge garbage bags full of tee shirts, and a handful of sweaters. Again, mens pants seem to look better on me than womens.
So, there you go, in the last three years I have probably spent no more than $100 on clothes. I have given clothes a second life, and I don’t have to go clothes shopping (the best part of this entire deal.)
So, let’s bring back sharing of clothes.