What Happened to Old Clothes? – NaNoPoblano 2019 – Day # 9

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What Happened to Old Clothes? – NaNoPoblano 2019 – Day # 9

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You know, sometimes I get to thinking about some of the clothes I’ve had over the years, and wondering whatever happened to them. I don’t still have them, so where did they go?

If they were totally worn out, I’m sure I threw them away. If I was just tired of them, and they were still good, I know I donated them to the thrift stores collections.

But others, I just don’t know.

I remember some for liking them a lot, or because of some memory they hold. For two examples, I had a couple of dresses I hated. This was back when I was in elementary school. I didn’t have much choice in my clothes back then, as my mom bought them, so I wore them.

One was a pretty sky blue shift type dress, with shoulder epaulets of a multi-color fabric. It was okay, but I got teased from other kids that it made me look like a football player with big shoulders. I tried not to wear it very much.

Another was blue and white, dropped waist with plaid. It had a little collar and a plaid tie in front. That was another I didn’t like, because I figured girls didn’t wear ties. I (in secret) yanked on that tie until it ripped the whole thing apart. Never had to wear it again.

Years later, I sewed my own clothes after I learned how. I liked all of them, as they were my own creation. I got to choose the pattern and fabric. I even combined patterns to make original, new kinds of clothes.

I had one dress I really liked, but it got stolen. This was after I was married. I wore it to a relative’s house we were visiting for a week or so. I know who did it – my husband’s cousin – but I couldn’t prove it.

Another thing got stolen off the clothesline. It was a black t-shirt that I’d done fabric painting on, of feathers, and added embellishments of real feathers and beads. A neighborhood kid stole it. Couldn’t prove that either, but his sister told me he did.

Anyway, it’s interesting what remains in our memories.

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14 responses »

  1. I suppose if we had all the clothes we’ve ever owned, we would be called hoarders. I still have a few items from the 80’s. That would be high school for me. Matter of fact, I’m wearing an embroidered blue jean shirt right now from 1986. 😉

    • Oh my goodness, can you imagine the piles of clothes if we’d saved every piece ever. I have a few pieces I think, that my mom saved of my baby clothes. And, I saved a couple from both my girls baby clothes. I have a silk kimono my husband bought me while in Japan many years ago. I mostly get clothes now from thrift stores, so I’m not attached to them enough to keep them.
      I’m glad you kept the embroidered jean shirt. I used to do embroidery on some of mine, too, but didn’t think to keep them. 🙂

      • I still have my letter jacket from high school and my Blues from the Marine Corps. I can’t fit in my uniform anymore but can’t get rid of it either. Can’t believe how tiny I was back then. I’m only a size 6 now and can’t sniff at fitting in my old uniforms yet I can still wear other clothes from back then.

      • Some items of clothing, and of course other things, were a big part of our life all those years ago, so we do like to keep them. Like you say, your letter jacket and military uniforms bring back strong memories. I know my husband has some of his Army uniforms, still, but I don’t think he’d fit in them now, either. 🙂

  2. I wear clothes until they’re worn out, so anything I used to wear is either still sitting at the bottom of my closet waiting to be thrown away, or has long since met the landfill. With all younger sisters, there were no hand me downs… they wouldn’t have liked my bland style anyway.

    • I need to go through my closet again, as I know there are things I won’t ever wear again. When I was a kid, I was the oldest so didn’t have immediate hand me down clothes, but an older cousin (who lived in another state and we didn’t see often) would send a big box of her clothes to me about once a year. That was always a great day! 🙂

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