Positive Redundancy #21 free clothes


Years ago I remember getting bags of clothes from neighbours.  As the youngest girl and the youngest grand-child I had 3 drawers of clothes, compared to my  sisters meagre solitary, lonely drawer.

At the height of the Celtic Tiger, we simply binned our unwanted clothes.  I would have been too embarrassed to offer them to anyone – kids clothes ‘out-grown’ were put in the recycling at Tesco’s.  My, how things have changed.

I have a friend who has a daughter 2 years older than my pet-lamb.  Last year when Robert had his heart attack and was still in A&E, she called over with home-baked bread and banana bread.  She brushed the floor and made me coffee, and told me she would look after the kids anytime – ‘never be stuck Joan, you don’t need to ask’.  She was true to her word.

Just after Christmas when I told her I was being made redundant, she told me to nip in for a coffee – she had three black bags of clothes for my daughter.  When I opened the bags there were 4 pairs of NEXT jeans, tops, shorts, 4 swimsuits, leather boots, Ugg boots, hair bands, matching skirts and cardigans.  Her daughter wears a uniform to school, so the clothes were only worn at the weekend.  They were all in perfect condition.  My friend could have easily sold them on eBay and pocketed a small fortune.

But instead she gave them to me.  This was the first time I had ever received bags of clothes in my adult life – it was like Christmas morning from 40 years ago!  I was delighted.  When I put the tops, trousers, jumpers, boots into piles , I  realised I had enough outfits to last us well beyond the summer.

3 years ago I would have turned my nose up at bags of clothes from friends.  How times have changed.  It made my week – to know that a friend thought of me and gave so generously.

To think we thought the Celtic Tiger was a good thing – but now in recession and redundancy I have re-discovered true friendship and true generosity of spirit.

About joanniemitchell

An enforced lady of leisure. A Lady who cant afford to lunch! I was in Corporate Sales for Global Entertainment Company until 17th January when I had the phone call - 'Meet me in the office with HR'. Now am pursuing my Masters in Professional Writing and looking on the upside after Redundancy.
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3 Responses to Positive Redundancy #21 free clothes

  1. Olivia says:

    Joan – must say overall I like the posts. But I have to say Joan I was saddened to hear 7 years, 5 years ago & 3 years & my Mum came to visit us in CA every time a new baby was born how people in Ireland didn’t share clothes & baby toys & general things you need. I am glad it is going back to how it ‘used to be’ as that is how it ‘Should be’.
    It is not only the Irish woman here that move clothes & toys around for kids but also alot of the American woman too & now especially we are at school – there are bikes, scooters etc being swapped between families. It is great to see & I think very good for the kids too.
    So I am glad to hear that people in Ireland are going back to this, perhaps that is just a tiny glimpse into how things got soo out of hand & disposable in Ireland.

  2. Bri Smith says:

    Aah yes , remember the days when we used to share clothes and the excitement of getting them. People dont do that any more.Enjoyed your blog thoroughly Joan

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