I had sort of thought about doing a post about second-hand school uniform at the end of the summer holidays (although my kids have yet to break up).
But last night necessitated an emergency trip to our second-hand clothing depot (otherwise known as our loft where hand-me-downs are stored) for a summer school dress. The dress was also too long so I finally learnt to sew an invisble hem stitch using the youtube tutorial below:
I was also interested to read about Aldi‘s new uniform pack for £4 which goes on sale from this Thursday. The bundle features 2 polo shirts, trousers/skirt and jumper for primary school aged children. There’s an interesting article about this offer and a breakdown of costs in the Guardian here. Suffice to say the article draws two conclusions: either Aldi is taking a loss here in order to entice people into its stores (there has already been lots of media coverage) or the workers in Bangladesh are being paid 7p per sweatshirt (which retails at £1.25).
Having three children at school I do find it hard to meet the cost of buying school uniform and can see why the £4 offer would be appealing. In the past when we have bought shoes from Clarks I have paid nearly £100 in one trip! My eldest is now at Secondary School where we seem to be more tied to a specialist unform shop which is pricier. Since starting last September the PE kit has changed and the school is now proposing a brand new uniform for 2015 which means I can make little use of the second-hand supply which will soon be obsolete.
With my younger two girls I have relied on hand-me-downs from friends (hence the endless supply in our loft) which has worked well. With regards to manufacturers both the second-hand – and occasional first-hand – unform comes from a wide range of shops. I’m still doing well out of Adams and Ladybird clothing (remember those labels?), but have found that M&S clothing is not well-made. When I occasionally buy first hand I’ve found John Lewis lasts well. For me, spending slightly more on an item of clothing that will last for three children is more economical. Plus I’m assuming (rightly or wrongly) that a higher price means a better wage for a worker.
If this is a topic of interest to you don’t forget to watch BBC 2’s documentary, ‘Clothes to Die For’ tonight (Mon) at 9pm