Today I wanted to share with you one of my Family’s traditions. If you come from a large family, you might have something similar, but I thought I’d share ours today. The Lucky Box is a simple concept, and one that could be shared amongst friends if you don’t have a lot of family living near by.
A Lucky Box is where you pack up all the clothes you no longer need, or no longer fit your little ones, and you share the box around to family members. They can then pick out the clothes that they would like a turn of/to have. I think it’s a great way to share around good quality clothes that either no longer fit or just don’t suit your style anymore. I’m a big believer that quality is key to this. Items should be stain free and of a quality that you would wear.
What you’ll need:
- A box for putting the clean clothes you no longer desire in
- The clothes that are no longer needed
- Some family or friends to share the box with
- Your preferred charity shop, for any leftovers that are still of great quality that could benefit someone else
My family has done this for 3 generations, and it has worked well. Though at least one child cheekily said “you’re lucky if nothing fits you”. I have had many items that came from older cousins and have also passed many items on to my younger cousins. In this world of fast fashion and that tough decision to either buy cheap or buy quality, this can be a way that you know those clothes will be loved much longer than just one season.
I think it could also work as a clothing swap amongst friends with children around the same age or friends around the same size. It used to be a big thing for us to have a look through the options and see what we liked. I’ve even been asked cheekily by a cousin if she can have the clothes I was wearing when I no longer want them. ;)
The lucky box is just another idea that you could use to help you keep organised and share the love amongst family and friends. I know many people are a bit iffy about second hand, but I think that often comes down to quality concerns. If you’re all sharing the good quality stuff, then there’s nothing wrong with wearing that winter coat or those jeans that used to be so-and-so’s. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for your hip pocket. Should there be anything left over, that’s still of good quality, I’m sure your favourite charity shop would love it for their store.
Do you and your family have anything like this? What do you think of this idea? I’d love to hear!