March 30, 2010 – 11:54 pm
Today’s idea is about shopping for clothes at thrift stores or charity shops. There’s some great stuff out there, if you know where to look and how to look – and as long as they’ve got something in your size, you can grab a real bargain, construct a unique look that suits you, and help a good cause all at the same time.
But the problem with charity shops is that the ones with the best stuff seem to always be somewhere else – either in another city or, more usually, in a small town that you’re almost never likely to visit.
So today’s idea is about an online service that solves that problem. It’s a subscription service that sends you a parcel of great clothes in your size every month.
Charity clothing club
Okay, so I’m yet to think of a good name for this – but here’s how it would work.
You’d sign up to an online service with your name, address and so on. You’d indicate your chest size, waist size, shoe size, hat size – and some preferences (no Hawaiian shirts, for instance). You’d pay a monthly subscription fee, and you would be guaranteed a certain number of garments a month.
Young, clothing-conscious people (think art and fashion-design students, for instance) raid every charity shop in the land each month for the best pieces and these are collected at central depots to create the subscriber packs.
You could elect to get (for instance) at least two shirts and a pair of trousers every month, but you might also get a hat, or a cool belt with a giant eagle buckle every now and then. It’s pretty much a lucky dip.
But they’d turn up neatly packaged, nicely cleaned, pressed and folded – each package a surprise and delight.
You’d get some great clothes selected by people who know what they’re doing and love to rummage, you’d save a lot of money – and you’d be helping out too.
And if there’s anything that turns up that you don’t like – you could always just take it down to your nearest charity shop.
Table of contents for 30 Days of Ideas
- The other way of following first
- Now we’re up and dancing
- 30 days of ideas – 01: Keymash
- 30 days of ideas – 02: Radio Alerts
- 30 days of ideas – 03: Only Famous (a romantic comedy)
- 30 days of ideas – 04: Modcasts
- 30 days of ideas – 05: Numberless Calendar
- 30 days of ideas – 06: SpringCleanr
- 30 days of ideas – 07: Street Gallery
- 30 days of ideas – 08: Smart Business Cards
- 30 days of ideas – 09: Recordings in Concert
- 30 days of ideas – 10: Vinyl scanner
- 30 days of ideas – 11: Photo Stack-and-Scan
- 30 days of ideas – 12: A Box of Cool
- 30 days of ideas – 13: Karaoke-Tube Celebstar Idol
- 30 days of ideas – 14: I Made You A Tape
- 30 days of ideas – 15: Newspaper download codes
- 30 days of ideas – 16: Pebble Splash
- 30 days of ideas – 17: Digital radio, somewhere useful
- 30 days of ideas – 18: Public domain music collection
- 30 days of ideas – 19: Blog cast-list automator
- 30 days of ideas – 20: The Retirement Pile
- 30 days of ideas – 21: Nationalise EMI
- 30 days of ideas – 22: The Stainless Steel Rat (the movie)
- 30 days of ideas – 23: WordPress Bandcampify template
- 30 days of ideas – 24: Rollercoasters as public transport
- 30 days of ideas – 25: Next-gen personalised music radio
- 30 days of ideas – 26: New Music Trust
- 30 days of ideas – 27: Tamagotchi Gardening
- 30 days of ideas – 28: Charity shop clothing subscription
- 30 days of ideas – 29: ‘Now Playing’ social music app
- 30 days of ideas – 30: House of Spare Ideas
- Mixtape for You by Ray Kuyvenhoven
- What can you do in 30 days?