Strange title, I know, but go with me on this one…
I read somewhere that the child of some celebrity only ever wore an outfit once, before it was thrown away. And even Kate Middleton (is she now Princess Kate??) isn’t allowed to wear anything more than once for fear of being called unfashionable. Are you kidding me???
That’s where I consider our family to be satisfyingly poor. Being poor is a relative term, and certainly compared to these celebrities, we are destitute; but since we have a roof over our heads, food on the table and a tiny amount of spare cash for the very occasional splurge I think we are well above the poverty line.
I’ve written before about passing clothes down from child to child, a common practice of yesteryear. But since we don’t have a huge brood of kids to pass things along, we’ve had to rely on others outside the family. Friends pass on clothes to Megan and Alex and for me it’s like mini Christmas! A bag of goodies (and its always good, clean items) for free!
And then for us, it’s always so satisfying to pass along some of our things that are perfectly fine, just too small. It’s nice to see clothes get a second chance and for items that were particularly lovely, I still get to see them, just being worn by kids others than my own. There is enough age and size difference between the young-uns that the clothes are in perpetual use until they are finally worn out.
We rarely give anything to charity anymore, since we have such a good system within our group of friends, but the odd visit to the Salvos or Op Shops are usually quite productive. Yes it’s nice to have fresh, new clothes, but since the children grow so quickly and are not careful with what they wear, second hand items are a sensible option.
Hmmm…. I think I know where I’ll be going later today….!