Clothing Is Scarce in the New Colonies
Reverend Francis Higginson of Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony, advises newcomers to America to pack carefully, “For when you leave England you shall meet neither markets nor tailors to buy what you want.” Among the items he suggests colonists take to America are a complete suit of armor with sword, and the clothing required for a man: “a Monmouth cap, a suit of canvas, a suit of wool, a suit of cloth, four pairs of shoes, three shirts and three falling bands [white collars consisting of two strips of material that extend down from the neckline, a replacement for the puffy Elizabethan ruff].”
I know you guys are probably thinking what does this have to do with the price of rice in China. Well let me explain: This started the trend of hoarding (clothing anyway). When you go so long without, you tend to have an unconscionable desire to get as many things as possible and hold on to them in case you ever fall on hard times again. This is still very relevant today. Many of us go from having a few good items to a wardrobe full of name brand items that we hardly, if ever, wear. We all try to ensure that our children never go without so we go spend a ridiculous amount of money for items that they’ll grow out of in the next month or destroy while outside playing. But don’t get me wrong, I dress my children well because they are a reflection of me and I’ll never let them look bad. But sometimes we all have to just sit back and think; are we buying in overload for necessity or out of sheer “ridiculousness”? Think about it.
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