Storing Clothes for Hard Times

Wear it out, waste not want not.  These are things I used to hear from my grandmother.  She was into recycling before recycling was even mentioned.  Recycling wasn’t a political statement it was a way of life.  You never threw anything away that had a use.   If you couldn’t use it you gave it to someone less fortunate.

Today people buy clothes or shoes wear them for a few times, get tired of them and get rid of them.  I love it I get to take advantage of their waste.  It is very easy to build up a supply of spare clothing at very inexpensive prices, by watching garage sales, thrift stores and Craigslist and just letting people know you are looking for stuff.  Save all your older out of style items.

Depending on the climate you live in, make sure you have extras of the following items.

Boots: for cold and snow
Long johns: (thermal underwear)
Underwear: your everyday wear, make sure it’s comfortable
Socks:  wool, cotton, what kind do you wear
Pants: jeans, slacks cotton, shorts
Blouse/Tops: winter and summer
Sweat pants: comfortable and long lasting
Jackets: heavy and light weight ones
Rain gear: Ponchos, top/bottom rain gear, umbrellas & etc.
Gloves, Scarves & Hats

Have larger sizes available for your growing children and maybe some smaller sizes for yourself.  We will probably lose weight from having to perform physical labor and a different diet.  Plus it may not be smart to gain weight if your neighbors are hungry.

The extra clothes can be sealed up in cardboard boxes, tape them well and put in month balls if need to keep the bugs out.  Remember to mark on the boxes what they contain.

My wife appreciates all the comments that have been made about sewing.  In the near future she intents to write more about sewing, waterproofing clothing and dyeing materials.


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6 Responses to Storing Clothes for Hard Times

  1. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Good Post
    We regularly buy stuff at second hand or consignment stores and some of it goes in tubs for storage. Also the other day a guy asked me if I wanted a set of matterhorn military insulated boots. I said sure, never turning anything down. They were brand new still tagged, he just didnt want to move them.

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  6. Veteran Who Is Preparing says:

    China Mart aka Wal Mart is having clearance sales on winter items like long johns and light gloves (should work as liners for other gloves) right now. We also saw a rack with clearance work shoes and boots near by for decent prices. If they are doing it near us they probably are doing it at other stores also. The gloves were $.25-.50 for 2 pair sets. The long johns were $3 each for pants or shirts. Can’t beat that price for long johns to put in storage.

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