29 Mar '13, 10pm

I didn't know did you? - Do Clothing Donations Actually Go to People in Need? | Ecouterre

As one of those “thrift”ers who upcycle and recycle clothing, fibers, and plastic into everything from tote bags to insane takes on Festival fashion (including steampunk, goth, fantasy) I can say that much of this is only possible because of good thrift stores, and some of us take things that most pass up. It has been interesting to watch the populations at thrift stores and second-hand or consignment stores change during these economic times, from only poor families and designers to obviously pretty much everyone. It is amazing how much of my income depends on rescuing resources that would otherwise be squandered in landfills. Most of us point to our grandmothers who lived through some hard time or other, who taught us how to “mend and make do” in tough times. While I am also someone all too aware of the waste that goes on in american society, I can say that the handmade ...

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