In light of the fact that the entire globe is in an unprecedented, staggering economic crisis, I thought I would devote this post to a very simple, old fashioned, somewhat outdated past~time:
DARNING : (noun) 1. Mending holes in clothes, the work of repairing holes in clothing or fabric with long interwoven stitches.
MENDING : (noun) 1. articles, especially clothes, to be mended.
SYNONYMS : Restoration, patch~up, healing, renovation
It used to be that every domestic diva had a basket full of things that needed mending. A bit of attention with needle and thread could extend the life of a garment by years and that used to matter to people. As the years passed, this simple past~time gave way to the notion that "it's a lot easier to throw it away and buy a new one". Businesses were booming, advertising took on a major role in society, and mass production of just about everything left lots of grandmother's shaking their heads and wondering if the day would come when not one bride~to~be would know how to thread a needle, much less know how to mend something.
But now, it seems, consumers are not so quick to throw things away. Many are actually choosing to "make do" with what they already have and if it needs a little TLC, well that is better than having to purchase a new one. While this poses a challenge for those of us in the "Retail" sector or some version of it, I still find this trend heart~warming in a way. After all, if my adored vintage frocks were not cared for the way they were, I wouldn't have the pleasure of working with such beautifully crafted garments. And so. . .
From socks to cars~~people are choosing to be:
THRIFTY : (adjective) 1.careful with money and resources, managing money and resources in a cautious and sensible way so as to waste as little as possible. 2. Prosperous
Isn't that interesting: PROSPEROUS was the archaic meaning of the word THRIFTY!
In our day, being thrifty has generally been equated with being cheap, tight~fisted, even poor. And yet now being "Thrifty" is suddenly in style. Everywhere. Good Morning America ran a prime time segment on "Secrets of a Thrift Store Shopper" . . .their retail business is booming!! Not to mention that thrift/resale/consignment store shopping is a wonderful way to "Recycle". Check out this interview with clothing designer Elizabeth Kramer and take a peek at her creative flat/studio infused with vintage finds. A far cry from this story of CEO extravagance by Mark Patinkin in the same section of my Providence Sunday Journal.
Perhaps the antiquated meaning of "Thrifty" will come to be in fashion once again. . .while we usually equate prosperity with wealth, this beautiful word means far more. . .
PROSPEROUS : (adjective) 1. thriving 2. flourishing 3. abounding 4. successful
Doesn't that put a lovely new angle on "Prosperity"?
It's who we have, not what we have, that makes us prosper in the most genuine sense of the word. . .and in lean times, remembering that can make a big difference in our outlook every day.
I'm going to try to think about that while I'm sewing today. . .but of course I will be tuned in at half time to watch you know who!