Hand-Me-Downs Make Me Happy


Now those clothes are really old!

Photo by amybuddy45

The following is a guest post from Ideal Bite's Mama Bite Editor Alison Neumer Lara.

We just returned from a big, fancy family wedding, and my daughter Roxane looked like a doll. There's not much more adorable than a big bow on the back of a little girl's dress, but this get-up was also pink and white seersucker with a scallop-edged collar and tiny flowers on the bodice.

And the best part: It was free. The designer dress, which cost a pretty penny at the store, was a hand-me-down from Roxie's older cousin.

Passing or swapping clothes through the chain of family and friends is nothing new,  of course -- kids grow out of stuff so fast, and we'd all rather not fork over the cash, especially right now -- but it's also planet-friendly.


Manufacturing new clothing sucks up resources (think of all the energy needed to process fabric and the fuel to ship all those clothes to stores), then there are the chems leftover from dyeing them.

And if you don't have anyone to hand over spiffy designer duds, try for budget picks at vintage stores and resale web sites, or pick up upcycled kids clothes -- new items fashioned from vintage fabrics.

It's stunning to think that there are tons -- literally tons -- of clothes that end up in landfills every day (each American tosses about 68 pounds of clothes every year). I guess we could stand to reuse a piece now and then. And did I mention the free part?


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