What this old thing? The growing trend of wearing second-hand clothes

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Mystery: Modesty or Fashionable Dismissal?

“Hey, love your top!” exclaimed the vivacious voice, dishing out compliments like sweeties. Caught off guard and jolted with surprise, we’re left with the age-old retort, no matter who’s dishing the praise. “What this old thing?” Seriously, are we so humble that we have to apologize for looking fabulous? Or maybe we’re trying to seem cool as cucumbers about our fashion choices? Imagine if we simply grinned and said “Thanks!” while secretly admitting to hours of ironing, accessory matching, and inner victory dances? Would that actually sound ungrateful? So, we shrug it off, going for the I-don’t-deserve-this vibe.

Underplaying is the New Overplaying

Tina showing off a dress from a clothes swap.

Flashback to when a friend’s dress stole the spotlight – I gushed about how amazing it looked. Guess what? “Oh, it’s just a charity shop find.” And that, my friends, is golden. I raised a glass to her eco-chic move. I think back to when wearing second-hand clothes was an embarrassment. I still have friends who shudder at the thought wondering who else has had this item next to their skin. Bit ironic when we now should be giving new clothes a couple of washes to eliminate any chemical residue

The Sneaky Power of Playing It Down

Hold up! How many times have you heard someone pull the my-stuff-is-no-big-deal card? Funny thing is, by giving our things background stories, we’re practically yelling, “Look, it’s valuable!” Talk about reverse psychology.

Lately, we teamed up with a local venue to pull off another clothes swap bonanza. Oh, you’re unfamiliar? Let me break it down: Clothes SWAP.

At these events, you unload your old favorites and trade them for fresh treasures. Great for you and your pocket and great for the planet too

Beneath the Surface: Swap Smart, Save Earth

Why, you ask? Simple – extend the life of clothes and give the finger to landfills. Yep, the world’s drowning in fashion cast-offs and, like, other trashy stuff too.

Let’s set the record straight – clothes swaps don’t pop out of thin air. No fairy godmother here, folks. No “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” to transform rags into ball gowns. Nope, it’s not just a free-for-all fashion fest. There’s a twist.

There is a growing trend of wearing second-hand clothes. It started as finding a bargain and has turned into a solution to help break unstainable fast fashion trends. I used to believe that the charity shop finds were superior in quality. Mainly because if it had made it to the secondhand rails it was probably produced a couple of decades ago. Textiles produced today are low quality. Your cheap tee shirts are only good for rags. Delay putting them in the bin. So this is what has happened, we have devalued our clothes. The term pre-love is bantered around but unfortunately is more tailored to used and abused.

Secret Heroes and Masterminds

Cue the spotlight on swap event masterminds. These are the conscious consumers, the visionaries who see the big picture. They’re the ones who get why we do things, the why behind the what. And let’s give ‘them a standing ovation. Because people who make even small moves with purpose? They’re the true superheroes. There is a team of regular clothes swappers and they are growing fast.

Compliments, Unmasked

Oh, and guess what’s even cooler? Getting props for a swapped-out outfit bags and shoes clog up the landfill sites too. Picture the grins when someone goes, “Got this at the clothes swap. helping to save the planet,”

Pay and play.

There’s a fee to join the party. This covers the action-packed afternoon, an organic cotton Daadi tote bag, some vino to celebrate and lighten the challenge, with some cake for a real retail treat. Daadi clothes swaps add a little more to the entrance fee so they send the proceeds to a small school in India where they are teaching the mothers of the children to sew garments in a slow fashion.

Janet overwhelmed

Naysayers vs. Swappers

Sure, there’s always that person, grumbling about paying for pre-loved threads. But watch the others strut away, tote bags bursting, and mega smiles flashing. And let’s not forget ditching the ol’ “What, this old thing?” line. Bonus: You’re part of the solution to the planet’s fashion woes, not just adding to ’em. High-five to the people who got it – those who nailed the purpose and shoutout to the unstoppable squad who made it all click.

Future Threads and Bold Moves

Oh, you’re wondering when’s the next round? Get ready, because we’re working towards the next swap event. You can get all the details here. https://fb.me/e/17ncc4hZH

About our fundraiser. http://buymeacoffee.com/daadi

Tickets https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Daadi/e/157443

Hiya, I am Lauren, a lifestyle traveller, writer and health Nerd. Due to lockdown I decided to get on with writing my blog and catching up with friends new and old. I believe we are one world that for most of us wants to promote peace and goodwill to each other, wherever you are in the world I wish you well. I hope we connect and share our stories.

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