"New" skirt, had to take it in at the waist since it was a wee bit too big at XL when I wear S-M

I’m wearing second hand hats
Second hand clothes
That’s why they call me
Second hand Rose
Even our piano in the parlor
Father bought for ten cents on the dollar
Second hand curls
I’m wearing second hand pearls
I never get a single thing that’s new

While folks were unwrapping new clothes this weekend,  Sis and I were unwrapping a horse of a different color, so to speak.

Who needs “new”?  My new spring assemble has arrived!  Just what I wanted, only it was certainly a surprise. And it came in the most unexpected packaging. You see, every time we order  a new shipment of ollas, they come all wrapped in clean used clothing.  It is a great treat to receive the surprises we do get.

Three pretty skirts

This time, there were three lovely skirts and well-made men’s shirts.  The trouble is in the sizing. A little too big at XL.   I plan on doing some simple alterations on the skirts to make them fit. As for the men’s shirts, here are some ideas I plan to use.

Dress Shirt to Apron

Vintage Men’s Shirt to Peasant Blouse

Peasant Top from Men’s Button Up Shirt

In fact, we save all the clothes because when you order an olla, we’ll recycle again and use the clothing for sending the ollas to you.     It really works out well.  Not only are clothes excellent packing material, you get ollas for your garden  and clothes for your yourself or your family.

As you can tell, I am a real “Second Hand Rose.”  What about you?

P.S. If ya’ll are waiting on the ollas, they are now in stock so order now. They sell out fast!

:: Resources ::


Recycled Fashions

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  1. bee says:

    It is a great blessing to be able to sew. I get great satisfaction purchasing
    second hand and having the ability to make needed alterations.

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      Indeed, such a blessing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Elise says:

    The clothes appear to be in great shape! What a blessing! Using old clothes as packing material is a great idea!

    Over the years, the majority of my machine sewing has been mending and re-purposing. When the boys were growing up, I really honed my skills in repairing pants, especially play pants. For the girls, I was able to have good use out of each dress by shortening, and then lengthening the dress with some creative ideas. I have mended, with great success, all garments including underthings (yes, it was worth it). I even cut down men ties for boy sized ties for church. They tied a tie very well at a young age. 🙂 If I was able, to save a man’s shirt, I turned collars or cuffs. Most of the time, however, the shirt was not salvageable, and I used the larger pieces of the shirt for embroidery material or, more often, to make cloth handkerchiefs. I have tweaked and repaired clothing from thrift stores.

    I keep terry cloth going until almost nothing is left, and then it is put into the “kitchen cloths” bin, rather than use paper towels. Bath towels are serged or repaired as needed. They might be turned into dish/tea towels, or “kitchen cloths.” Old sheets have many uses. I never buy pillow cases!

    Some items are difficult to repair. Although cotton knit underthings repair well, cotton knit tee shirts do not. The under thing repair is neat but unsightly. It is hidden and does not matter. The tee shirt can been seen. “Inexpensive” socks are usually disintegrating by the time holes develop (They are used as rags/dust cloths). “Better” socks can be darned.

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      A blessing indeed,! I just love the blue skirt (shown in the photo – sooo purty!) What a blessing your family has you to make do and mend. Speaking of darning socks, that’s is in fact the subject of my next post! We use raggedy clothes as rags too! Happy sewing! 🙂

  3. Susan says:

    I love the creativity!!

  4. Dana says:

    Great post! I love your ideas. The grey skirt is pretty, too! You could embellish it on those thinner parts with lace, pretty ribbon, fabric strips or even hand embroidery.

  5. Cindie K. says:

    I love second-hand clothes! Nothing better than finding well-made and inexpensive clothes at the Hospice Thrift Shop. Even if I only wear an item once, I’ve still made a donation to a worthy cause! Some of my favorite and most durable skirts and blouses have come from the thrift shop. And I love to tell folks where I bought them and for how much so they will be inspired to be a “Second Hand Rose”,too. One of my best finds was a Diane VonFurstenburg sweater for $3.00 at the Hospice Thrift Shop! Love a great deal!

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      Wow, what a great find. With the crappy (cheap) clothes sold these days nothing beats the clothes one finds at thrift stores!

  6. Ginger says:

    Thanks for the links. I love peasant blouses in the summer.

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      you are welcome… me too! 🙂

  7. Erin @ Dutch Girl Diary says:

    The middle skirt is especially lovely! Very practical color that will go with everything. =) Is it linen???

    • Anais Dervaes says:

      I wish it was linen. It’s rayon which I’m not to partial too but it was free!!

  8. martin, outer hebrides says:

    I know you girls think of sewing as woman’s domain, and maybe it primarily is, but one or two of us blokes can manage to repair a boiler suit or turn a bath towels into a few face cloths. 🙂
    Keep up the good work.

  9. Nancy Kelly says:

    Responding regarding the used clothes used to pack the ollas – that is so wonderful! I remember when I got mine from you (straight from the manufacturer) it was packed with all kinds of peanuts or plastic stuff, I can’t remember, it’s been quite awhile! I mentioned that to you at the time. Not sure if it is the same manufacturer, but it is so wonderful that the shipping is now as environmentally conscious as the olla itself!

    This is what we need to do as consumers I guess (I HATE that word) is demand less destructive products!

    My olla is still in use, next to my rose, I dug it up once, and it was neat how the outside was covered with a network of tiny rootlets from the rose, obviously after the moisture!


  10. Renee says:

    This is so awesome! And what fun! Wouldn’t it be great if this was the common practice?! I just shared this idea with my children/teens and they smiled. Recently my daughter has been re-purposing clothes. She’s had great fun taking her too small skirts and making them into skirts for her baby sister, long full skirts for the baby! So cute!
    You are always an inspiration!
    Thank you!
    Renee in Arkansas

  11. Pego says:

    Hi Anais, I see that you replied to me but I can’t seem to pull up any comment after the tenth.

  12. Pego says:

    Pardon this, but It just seems as if the search option is simply dumping me here and not where my comment to you was, nor where you answered it, sorry for the muddle.


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