Photo by brooklyn

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

  1. The other way of following first
  2. Now we’re up and dancing
  3. 30 days of ideas – 01: Keymash
  4. 30 days of ideas – 02: Radio Alerts
  5. 30 days of ideas – 03: Only Famous (a romantic comedy)
  6. 30 days of ideas – 04: Modcasts
  7. 30 days of ideas – 05: Numberless Calendar
  8. 30 days of ideas – 06: SpringCleanr
  9. 30 days of ideas – 07: Street Gallery
  10. 30 days of ideas – 08: Smart Business Cards
  11. 30 days of ideas – 09: Recordings in Concert
  12. 30 days of ideas – 10: Vinyl scanner
  13. 30 days of ideas – 11: Photo Stack-and-Scan
  14. 30 days of ideas – 12: A Box of Cool
  15. 30 days of ideas – 13: Karaoke-Tube Celebstar Idol
  16. 30 days of ideas – 14: I Made You A Tape
  17. 30 days of ideas – 15: Newspaper download codes
  18. 30 days of ideas – 16: Pebble Splash
  19. 30 days of ideas – 17: Digital radio, somewhere useful
  20. 30 days of ideas – 18: Public domain music collection
  21. 30 days of ideas – 19: Blog cast-list automator
  22. 30 days of ideas – 20: The Retirement Pile
  23. 30 days of ideas – 21: Nationalise EMI
  24. 30 days of ideas – 22: The Stainless Steel Rat (the movie)
  25. 30 days of ideas – 23: WordPress Bandcampify template
  26. 30 days of ideas – 24: Rollercoasters as public transport
  27. 30 days of ideas – 25: Next-gen personalised music radio
  28. 30 days of ideas – 26: New Music Trust
  29. 30 days of ideas – 27: Tamagotchi Gardening
  30. 30 days of ideas – 28: Charity shop clothing subscription
  31. 30 days of ideas – 29: ‘Now Playing’ social music app
  32. 30 days of ideas – 30: House of Spare Ideas
  33. Mixtape for You by Ray Kuyvenhoven
  34. What can you do in 30 days?