As much as shopping online has opened us up to a big wild world of endless consumer goods it has also opened up a deep dark vortex where people get sucked into a scrolling stupor. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate and have enjoyed the convenience of online shopping as much as anyone else, especially during the pandemic lockdowns. But there is a downside to all of this.
When I was nine years old, in Northern Montreal, I used to take a shortcut through a field to get to school. One winter day, crossing the frozen field, I crashed through the ice. Luckily for me, it was not deep. It was scary and freezing. I managed not to lose my boots which were weighed down with icy water. I walked in those wet soggy boots for the rest of that winter, they never dried up. I told no one, especially not my mother, for she was a very strict and incredibly thrifty woman, perhaps not by choice. Those boots were meant to be worn until I grew out of them. Raising three children on one measly salary, was a feat, requiring sacrifices and creative solutions.
Fabric is one of the most important components in our daily lives. From the clothes, we wear to the upholstery of our home furniture and cars, to our bed linen. As a consumer, you owe it to yourself to know the difference between valued fabrics and cheap fabrics. because the fabric used will make all the difference.
When and why did shoes go from being a necessity to becoming a fashion statement, objects of sexual attraction and indicators of societal status? Read more in this engaging and entertaining post.