Senior Care Fun: National Secondhand Wardrobe Week

Senior Care in Charlotte NC

Senior Care in Gastonia, NCKeeping your parents’ budget intact is an important part of your home care journey with them, but sometimes that can be difficult when you need to do things like replacing or supplementing your parents’ wardrobes. February 7 through 13 is National Secondhand Wardrobe Week, a fantastic opportunity for you to not only replace your parents’ clothing and bump up their wardrobe in a way that is more affordable than going to traditional stores and buying all new items, but also a great chance for you to clear out items that your parents have that they no longer need so that other people can take advantage of them for their own new-to-them secondhand wardrobe. This is not only less expensive than purchasing new clothes, but it also helps to reduce pollution caused by the production of new clothing.


Use these tips, and share them with your parents and their in home health care services provider, to make National Secondhand Wardrobe Week a time to clear out the old and welcome in the almost new for a cleaning and shopping experience that is good for their home, the environment, and their wallet:

  • Clear out first. Before you start purchasing new items for your secondhand wardrobe, take some time to clear out their drawers and closets. Set up three bags or baskets for each of your parents. Mark these “Keep”, “Donate”, and “Discard”. This way you can go through all of the items they have and determine if they want to keep them, if they are not in good enough condition to be used any longer, or if they should be donated. Once you are done with the clear-out, bring your donations to the store where you are going to shop.


  • Check for deals. Everyone knows about the larger “brand-name” thrift stores, but do not discount those that are not as well known. Small local stores often have unexpected items and even cheaper prices. You might just find that you get everything you need right in one of these stores and still have money in your budget leftover when you are finished. If you do not know of any of these small stores, look for deals in the larger stores. Check to see which color is on sale that week and find items with tags of that color to get a discount off of the tagged price.


  • Always wash. Thrift stores, particularly the larger ones, wash clothing donations before they end up out on the displays so you do not need to worry about them being unsanitary, but they often use industrial cleaners. While these are good at getting clothing clean, they can be hard on your parents’ skin. Wash all clothing as soon as you get it home so that it does not irritate your parents’ skin and so that it has the scent that your parents like, which can be especially important for elderly adults who are coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia and may be disrupted or upset by a change in smell.

If you or someone you know needs in-home seniorĀ care in CharlotteĀ NC, contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare. We provide quality and affordable care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (704) 323-5454 for more information.

About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.