One of the things we're trying to do in our preparedness efforts is make sure we'll have clothing in the future. To that end, I've been purchasing sheets from thrift stores in suitable colors and fabrics, with the idea of sewing shirts, dresses, skirts, leggings, etc. Thrift-store sheets are unparalleled sources of large amounts of fabric for incredibly cheap prices.
I've been washing and bagging away cotton, cotton-poly blend, and flannel sheets as I find them.
Sheets are also superb (and inexpensive) fabric sources for kids to learn to sew. I hate sewing but can do it in a pinch, and one of the things my girls and I are going to start doing is once-a-week sewing lessons.
I've also stocked up on pins, needles, and thread. Can't forget these little essentials!
Another thing we've been thinking about is personal grooming, specifically razors. I've long been disgusted with the ridiculous prices for replaceable disposable razor heads for our Gillette razor. So we decided to look into the old-fashioned metal "butterfly" safety razors, the kind where you unscrew the handle and the top opens like butterfly wings, allowing you to replace the two-sided razor within. Trouble is, new ones cost anywhere from $20 (for plastic-handled ones) to $40 (for metal), and I just hated to spend that kind of money.
I visited a local antique/junk store recently and found three razors for $5 each. Duh, why didn't I think of this sooner? I'd like to find one more (so we each have one) and will keep my eyes peeled. Double-sided razor blades are a whole lot cheaper than disposables razor heads, last longer, and have a multitude of uses besides personal grooming.
Once we use up the last of our disposable razor heads, I will happily switch to these beauties so we don't have to pay through the nose just to shave.
It's worth pointing out that these razors are a little less "safe" than disposable razors, so caution is necessary to keep from cutting skin. But these are the types of razors I grew up using when I was a teen, and only as an adult did I switch to the "cooler" and more sophisticated disposables. Never more!