You read it right!! This deal can’t be beat! 100% off all tops, bottoms, jackets, rugs, holiday decorations, you name it, they are completely FREE! How is this possible, you ask? Because they are already in your house!
This year, instead of jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon and spending money on fast fashion, what if you spent some time and a little TLC fixing the items you already own and love? You know your favourite sweater that you’ve worn so many times it is now falling apart at the seams? Why replace it when you can sew it back together? That pair of jeans that hug you just right, but have a hole in the knee from an unfortunate tumble you took? Why not fix them up with a cool embroidered patch? Don’t forget about that comfy cardigan with the frayed buttonholes that continuously comes undone! Take some time to mend and reinforce the holes, so those pesky buttons stay in place! Just because something is broken or worn, doesn’t mean it needs to be replaced. Get crafty and creative this Black Friday instead, and save money while doing it.
And if you have clothes that you’re ready to part with, consider donating them instead. There are various businesses and organizations in Waterloo Region accepting donations. Give your clothes a second chance at love in somebody else’s closet.
Anything that is too worn or damaged to pass on, you can consider upcycling by turning it into crafting materials. Make scrunchies out of old blouses, a rag rug out of t-shirts, or a purse out of an old pair of jeans – the creative possibilities are endless.
Taking the time to repair your clothes is not only better for your wallet, but for the environment as well. By decreasing your consumption and donating and upcycling unwanted items, you can reduce textile waste and lower your carbon footprint. Say goodbye to fast fashion and hello to a more sustainable wardrobe.
Why stop with your wardrobe? Consider using household items you no longer need to make decorations and gifts for loved ones this year. If you need some inspiration, check out WPL’s virtual Enviro-Christmas program on December 7th. There are also numerous books and magazines on mending clothes and creating upcycled crafts in the library’s collection to help you get started.
Save money, help others, and live a more sustainable life by experiencing the joys of anti-consumerism.
— Madison P.