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  •  How about we all do with less? (4+ / 0-)

    Do I need my several closets full of clothing?  No!  Now I am not a big buyer of new clothes, I mostly buy second hand and I certainly keep my clothes until they are threadbare.  I have many pieces dating back to the seventies but I don't need them all.  I could divest and wash a little more often.  We all need to buy less and do with less.  I have been trying to change my mindset on acquisition for years.  It has been interesting to take in advertising while trying to think negatively about purchasing anything.  Also being the only one thinking this way is frustrating.  I will post this diary to facebook and no one will comment.  I think most have my feed hidden because I am always harping about something.  

    Everyone! Arms akimbo!

    by tobendaro on Mon May 06, 2013 at 06:30:57 AM PDT

    •  buy fewer and buy quality (5+ / 0-)

      Even expensive clothes these days are made like crap. My father was a German tailor. I was brought up thinking about things like thread count and finished seams. We are wearing rags now. Our clothes are made from crap materials. They already look like they came off the set of Idiocracy. Not only have we lost our way about fair labor practices, we don't even know what a quality garment is supposed to look like. We can't make the fabric or the buttons or even the machine with which to sew it. Up thread I said I shop vintage on Ebay. That is one reason. I can't stand the rags (literally) on the market. I refuse to pay the price required in so many way.

      •  I don't think that (1+ / 0-)
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        whether or not you get to wear high quality clothes is the real point here.

        •  no however my point (0+ / 0-)

          is that there used to be quality made clothing and usually you found the union label inside and they were made in USA. So was the fabris, so were the bottons and zippers and thread, the sewing machines, and so on.

      •  I agree that (1+ / 0-)
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        the clothes I see are shoddy at best and the price asked is ridiculous.  I also remember quality in seaming, hemming, details like proper fit.  We will never get that today unless we pay a seamstress to make the clothing from scratch or do it ourselves.  Bottom line is we need to do with less and maybe then homemade would be more affordable.  

        Everyone! Arms akimbo!

        by tobendaro on Mon May 06, 2013 at 08:01:52 AM PDT

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      •  I am surprised at how crappy (1+ / 0-)
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        the materials and workmanship are on "designer" labels.  $200 blouses are cheap and flimsy.  The same low quality can be had at Target for $20.

        Where's the extra $180 going?  Both garments are made in China or India, and have about the same quality.  I'm sure the workers that sew Michael Kors garments are not paid any better than those that sew for Target.  

        Shopping is depressing.  I hardly ever see any clothes that are made in the USA, by union workers.

        My dogs think I'm smart and pretty.

        by martydd on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:29:59 AM PDT

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