Throw-away society

Throw-away society

While going through my clothes and deciding what to keep and what to give away, I found this winter coat. It used to be an integral part of my work wardrobe. Now I wear mostly quilted coats because they are warmer and very comfortable. When I do my groceries or have a therapy appointment, I don’t care much about my attire.

I decided to keep the coat for festive occasions like New Year’s Eve. When I had a closer look, I noticed that buttons where missing. But it wouldn’t be a problem to buy new ones, right? Well, I was very wrong. The small haberdashery stores I remembered from the past didn’t exist any longer, maybe another casualty of online shopping. I was very lucky to find buttons in the small department store in our district town, because shopping online or driving to the next big town would have caused additional costs from 3€ to 6€ (postage or ticket). So, four buttons cost 8€, and I tried to remember what I had paid for the coat in the first place (something like 40€ or 50€, I guess). Was it worth spending another 8€?

In the end, I bought the buttons and fixed the coat. But it made me think. When was the last time I made an effort to repair a piece of clothing instead of throwing it away? The truth is, I can’t remember. Money is tight since I had to quit working, so the most part of my everyday wardrobe is bought in discount stores. I have everything I need and more, but it lasts rarely longer than a year. When I want something more pricey, it has to wait until my birthday or Christmas, and those garments are worn on special occasions.

I will not always be able to escape the throw-away society or discount stores. But I will try to think before I buy another jeans or top. Or sew on buttons. Every little bit counts.

2 thoughts on “Throw-away society

  1. I totally agree. Shamefully, I threw out a whole load of my old clothes and shoes earlier this year because I’d been hoarding them for years, and when I tried to give them to a charity store, they wouldn’t accept them even though everything was in an almost new state, and when I put them online to sell them, only one ballgown sold, nothing else did. So in frustration I bagged everything up and threw it out. I do regret doing that, I could have recycled some of it, used the buttons, made other things out of the material.

    My clothing is years old, I like comfortable things rather than fashionable, and love looking in discount stores and in the sales when they’re on. I refuse to pay what I think is too much for clothes, because I only do housework, or sit around, or walk through the neighbourhood in them. I never go anywhere fancy. I think the last thing I bought for myself was a floor length jersey-material black dress that I can wear over most tops and t-shirts or on it’s own. I love it, it’s so comfy and was only €7.

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    1. Something like that happened to my mother-in-law, too. She tried to give a lot of almost new clothing to charity to help refugees or poor local families and they refused. So,sadly, there was no other choice then throwing it all away.
      But you gave me a really good advice by telling of the black dress you can wear in so many ways. I will check my future clothing for versatility. Thanks for commenting,
      Viola.

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