Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Free Clothing - Today's Fashion

Free clothing, what's the catch? None, in today's fashion with spiralling prices there is an option open to get free clothing but not many people go for it.

Buying clothes takes a big chunk out of your household budget and is something many people overlook. Whether for you partner or your children you can save a fortune by using strategies that will still give you the fashion and style you want but at a fraction of the cost.

There are many place you can buy clothes that are substantially cheaper than retail stores, but clothes that are given away are free!

Let's start with the idea of free clothing, as when I was a child this was a common practice and where I got most of my clothing. They call it 'hand me downs' but as we worked and kept the family solvent.

The half of the 20th Century has seen retailers get to grips with our minds. Accepting clothing that is no longer wanted from others has a stigma attached! This is purely due to businesses that want you to buy new. What a waste of resources, money not to mention the negative affect on the environment in producing more clothing just for the whim of profit.

Many people nowadays would rather their surplus to requirement clothing just stored for ever, thrown away or given to charity shops rather than be given directly to friends and relatives. This is mainly due to embarrassment and offence to offer.

I must admit when I was younger some of my most prized clothing was handed down to me, I just couldn't afford to buy such items.

Another way of getting free clothing I recently discovered a group call "Freecycle" Their mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills. This idea is great as it enables many people to benefit from giving and receiving clothing as well as anything else that is surplus to requirements.

Freecycle started off in May 2003 to reduce waste in landfill sites. The main rule is that everything that is posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages. It's a free membership and once registered you just email your local group with a donation or request. It's as simple as that and could fill your wardrobe with clothing that cost nothing. Of course its not all take and your conscience must allow for you to give something in exchange, even if it's just swap of clothing.

If you still feel that there is a stigma from accepting free clothing from people, and really there is no reason you should, just keep you mouth shut and don't tell anyone where you got the clothing from. Only you need to know anyway and you will also have peace of mind of the savings you make, the contribution to the environment and also profits made by retail stores to plough more money into advertising and making the public even more keen to buy new each time.

Can I also emphasise that much of the 'hand me down' is 'as new' anyway, its' just been overtaken by someone buying new every week or who have put on weight, so, let's create a new fashion in 'hand me downs'!

If you are interested in starting a Freecycle group in your area, this page will help you.

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