Every Easter and every Labour weekend out would come the suitcases for the change-over from summer to winter clothes and vice versa. The table would be cleared and we would make NINE piles of all the available clothes according to size. There was an art to this exercise and I loved the structure and precision required. We needed to throw out any worn out clothes which couldn't be mended or altered for another child. So the "White Elephant" pile was very important as these clothes would go to those who had less than we did. Most of the smaller clothes were given to relations or friends who had younger children. Next we would start the "handing down" system so that each child had something for "best" and two other clothes to change into after school and for weekends. On a rare occasion we would be given a "bought dress" or "bought trousers and shirt" on a very special occasion such as our Confirmation. We treasured these clothes, and can still tell each other which was our 'special bought dress' from when we were growing up!
Marie: And yet another story!
It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.