My mother-in-law was once so excited about a designer skirt she’d just bought that she suggested I write about it. I pointed out that I couldn’t because the skirt wasn’t second-hand and she exclaimed, “But 75% off is as good as second-hand!” True enough, I suppose, in terms of price. But as a gesture towards reduced landfill, she’d have been better served by something like this Japanese fabric pack. As a product it looks new, but the assorted fabric pieces are all cut from vintage kimonos. And my mother-in-law doesn’t just shop; she quilts, patchworks and scrapbooks too.