So, I guess that nobody’s missed the factory fire in Pakistan. 300 people were killed as the management had nailed the windows shut as to prevent slouching during work. I’m sure the conditions are the same elsewhere in these type of factories. The next time I look at the cheap price tag in an H&M or C&A (but how I love thy clothes!) I must remember that the reason the clothing is so cheap is because people are literally risking their lives to produce cheap clothing for me. Do I want to be part of that development? I know that conditions in garments factories are bad, but like many others, I’ve chosen to ignore it to be part of Western civilasation where everything is wear and tear and it’s easy to replace our wardrobes, where we “need” several items just to be happy.
Ever since my first flea market/thrift experience I’ve been toying with the idea of not buying any new fashion clothing for myself (by using “fashion” I effectively exclude underwear, outerwear, basics etc.). Now, to be honest, I haven’t really bought that much new clothing lately, since these thoughts entered my mind, so perhaps I’m halfway there. I just need to get better at thrifting and refashioning. And, of course, I will still sew some of my wardrobe and for that I will use newly produced fabrics even though it may be ethically questionable. Baby steps.
I love the word “thrifting”. Well, not so much the word itself, but rather that there IS a word for the activity. And I want to be a serious thrifter. I want my go-to shop to be a second-hand shop or a flea market. I want to spot the lovely hidden beauties, the refashion potentials, I want to make my wardrobe unique, yet appropriate. What are your best thrifting advice?