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.