We get around, in hand-me downs
Do you own any hand-me downs (HMDs)? I do, boy oh boy do I ever! So a few questions for you ladies and gents... Does the same person give you stuff - an older sister? Your bestie? Are you game to admit that its your dad? Hand-me downs... ethical, sustainable, generous. Or can we be so sure? Before we get into that discussion - take a moment to savour the great little diddy - We get around in Hand-me-downs by performed by Bob Evans formerly with 90's indie pop band, Jebediah and check out a couple of candid snaps from behind the 3things scenes.
Next, are photos are of me and Dave - an avid hand-me-down recipient sporting HMDs that were at hand. We hope you enjoy our posed photos, we loved our mini photo-shoot. (and yes, there is nothing in the pot I am stirring...)
Shazza wears: A t-shirt that makes her feel like sunshine and a pair of Wrangler bell-bottoms that she wouldn’t have bought herself – thanks Alex - an old flatmate and wife of her bestie Ronnie!
So a bit deeper...
Let's go to the ethical, sustainable and generous nature of HMDs...
Let’s start with ethical…Is the hand-me-down still ethical if it was made in a sweatshop? Is it ethical because it is about giving where something is needed and will be re-used? Is it ethical because of the intention in the giving? I’ll leave that one with you because I think the answer isn’t so cut and dry. Comment below though if you feel so inclined :-)
Sustainable – anything that preserves the planet’s finite resources has to be considered sustainable. By handing on or receiving a hand-me-down, you prolong the life of the item of clothing, you save it from prematurely wasting away in landfill, you are consuming less. I reckon we can tick that box hey.
Generous. Just the very act would suggest so. What a great feeling to know that your friends know your taste and when you receive a HMD, it is almost like someone has done the shopping for you and has traveled the many miles of fads you've gone through and hits the mark. I therefore think the exchange of HMDs is a pretty intimate act that you don't engage in with just anybody. . But in my travels, I discovered that there are rules of engagement in the hand-me-down exchange of which I took for granted.
These questions are tried and tested good lunchtime conversation starters: Do you know people who you wouldn’t dare offer a HMD to? Would you ever ask a friend whose style you lerve if per chance she/he decides to get rid of their items you would welcome them with open arms? What happens when someone offers you something but you don’t like it? What do you do? Do you think clothing exchange parties are the new black in HMDs and has gotten rid of any discomfort in offering unneeded threads to people around you?
Yes ladies and gents, there is more to a HMD than worn in shoulders and sequins that tell a thousand stories!
Let us know if there are any questions we've missed!