Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rising Costs

It is my hope that through this experiment I'll be better able to assess what my needs are in terms of clothing, and be more appreciative of the fact that I have bountiful amounts of it in the first place.  This story about rising costs of clothing (from AP via Salon.com) really should make everyone think about what clothes really are - fabric created by thread that comes from a plant that is harvested by individuals on the other side of the world. 

"Cotton prices have jumped to a 150-year-high, rising to $1.90 per pound on Friday, more than double what it was a year ago and just ahead of the $1.89 record hit during the Civil War, according to the International Cotton Advisory Committee." - AP

One hundred and fifty years!  Civil War!  Bad weather in 2010 are the culprits this time around rather than civil war, but still, it's bad. 

Or good.

I've heard more than one person exclaim with excitement over the three tank tops they scored at Old Navy for less than a buck apiece, or the dress they found on sale at the Gap for $7.  Since when should a shirt cost less than a hamburger?  For that matter, when should a hamburger cost less than a bottle of water?  Answer: never.  Or when the shirt is thrifted.  Cheap clothes are like cheap food - you don't really want to think about where it comes from, and whatever good feeling it gave you at the moment of purchase wears off within a few hours (and leaves you with a bad tummy ache).

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