Pyjama Skirt

RUDE laments at the demise of the rummage around atmosphere of the charity shops that we knew and loved as children. These stores have become like traditional high street retail outlets. Merchandising is a big focus, management is paid and prices have hiked up.

To RUDE’s way of thinking charity shops are still a great way to save money and get something unique and oftentimes better quality. For over 45 years we have shopped in opportunity (thrift) shops. And we still do every now and then. These days however we prefer the free bin, outside a favourite charity store of ours.

A big part of RUDE’s frugal lifestyle is to avoid the lure of charity shop consumerism and REscue garments and fabrics from the point of landfill or the local tip shop. These are the clothes that the charity stores reject.

The great thing about RUDE’s Scavenger Style is that it is unique. We are not sourcing garments for this style from a middle man, such as a used textile merchant. We forgo the middle man and go and get our clothes directly from a landfill site. It’s dirty, dusty, messy and sometimes smelly at landfill. But boy, is it rewarding to be REscuing garments from landfill.

It is a humbling experience and makes you think about how wasteful society has become. Our signature Scavenger Style, is all about sourcing, cleaning, mending, REdesigning, REmaking, wearing and promoting, so that we literally walk the talk. Recycling old, worn and/or torn items is gratifying and it cost little or nothing. And finally you save a bucket load of money.

Scavenger Style does not require a lot of money, no money sometimes but what is required is time and a lot of it. Sourcing appropriate garments for our taste, age group and size is hit and miss. Cleaning and mending is labour intensive and then garments usually have to be stored until ready for REfashioning. Remaking clothes requires unique creative vision and skills.

The pyjama pants in this video had great potential and were REscued from landfill. An Australian size 22 is very large so there was lots of fabric to cut up and play with. The garment had ruche legs which was an interesting feature. The colour was appealing. Cost $0 as they were in the rubbish bin at the tip shop ready for dumping into landfill. HORREUR!

Beat the Man and Scavenge.


2 thoughts on “Pyjama Skirt

  1. Hi Karen – I am browsing some of your past posts – and came across this – i often wondered about your landfill access – we dont get access here – skip checking (dumpster dives) is something we have always done (art college prerequisite). i am constantly fascinated by the amount of clothes left to charity shops here in Galway…. I only browse now and then (or else I will bring home too much) and still find incredibly quality for 2 and 3 euro – often its the old fashioned stuff which is a bonus for me! its the badly made more fashionable donations that sometimes cost more and sell first (go figure). – anyway great reading in your blog (so inspiring as we are building a small cabin this year from found materials which are stacking up).

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    • Hi to you back eimear, lovely to get your message. Some people have asked me about landfill access before. Mostly no you cannot go onto landfill which should only be household garbage these days. What we have are recycling stations at or next to landfill. Stuff is dropped off by the public to a tip shop on site or bought up to the shop from landfill by the staff. It is the stuff that the charity shops would reject mostly but sometimes not. Textiles are mostly fast fashion crap but sometimes you will find the old fashioned stuff that most scavengers do not want. I am glad you are finding some inspiration in our blog. Will you be sharing your small cabin build on your blog as that would be inspirational for us. I also had a giggle about your art college prerequisite aka dumpster diving.


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