Years ago when I was travelling the globe on my credit card and local wine I loved buying bargain priced clothes. My girlfriend in London told me about Primark and I had a marvellous time collecting low priced, resonable quality fashion pieces. My Favourite part was when someone back home would say 'ooooh I loooove your jacket!' and I could reply, 'Ohhhh Yes, thank you, I got it in Prague.'
This cutie little white jacket saved me in London. I picked it up at Primark for £14 and it was the only garment I had that could combat the London chill.
It became my Paris Jacket and I wore it everywhere. Taaaa Daaaaa!
Fast forward 8 years (ouch that hurt to count) and we move from sunny, hot Perth to crispy cool Melbs. My winter wardrobe from growing up in Queensland and then moving to Perth was a little thin. Thin in garment density, not quantity of garments of course.
I pulled out old favourite Paris Jacket only to find that the zipper was broken and the lining was torn!
So here's my problem. This is the only warm jacket I have. I'm not shopping for one whole year. I could freeze. Literally. Freeze. Freeze is not my colour.
With no other choice at hand, off I went to the whole in the wall, fixed it, dry clean it, sew it lady in my local shopping centre.
I handed her my jacket. She looked at the jacket, looked at me and said without blinking, $70.
IT ONLY COST £14 TO BEGIN WITH!!!!
After all I've experienced this year and after all I know about labour in the fashion industry my brain still said to me 'it would be cheaper to get a new one!'. I had just walked past a $10 shop two doors down!
A whole world of 'NO' in this shop.
I almost walked out of the alterations lady's shop. Then I remember why I was here in the first place. It was time to add another layer of reconditioning to my brain. Yes. It costs $70 to buy a new zipper, get it delivered to the lady, for her to take the broken zipper out, fix all the lining and put the new zipper in. The question isn't why does this cost $70. The question is how did it ever cost £14 in the first place!!
So my Paris Jacket lives on. Now when I wear it I feel good as well as warm. If feel like I've respected the person who made it a little bit more.
Is there something in your wardrobe that could use some tender loving care? Give it some love. Pay the price. You'll be glad you did.