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.