For the past month, I’ve been in a bit of a rut with my freelance work. I was sick for two weeks with colds, which meant missed opportunities for interviews and a lot of lost writing time. After running into another dead end today, I decided I needed something to cheer me up.
remember this dress? I dyed it red, but it didn’t fully mask the stain. time for cloth recycling! (it’s not a good material for rags, and I don’t have the skills to turn it into a skirt).
I’m sending stuff away.
Readers of this blog will know I’ve been having trouble parting with some of my possessions. What you probably don’t know is that, despite my zero waste goals, 2013 was a year of accumulation. I toyed with the idea of modest dressing, my new job required a uniform, and I just wanted… stuff. 2014 is going to be different. And, to start the year off right, I’m going to consign some of the items I’ve held onto, even though they don’t really fit.
Here are some of the items that were most difficult to part with.
1. Peep toe nude heels
I love these shoes, but I never ever, ever wear them. I rarely wear heels to start with, and then I’m usually going to meetings where it’s not particularly polite to let my toes show. I think I’ve worn them twice in the year and a half since I bought them.
2. Purple sweater.
I’d like to love this sweater, but ever since someone threw it in the dryer during college, it’s a few inches too short on my arms. I don’t love the color purple, either. It would be perfect for someone a little more petite.
3. Patterned maxi skirt
I get compliments every time I wear this skirt, but the construction makes it stifling in the heat. I mostly wear maxi skirts in the summer, and this one just doesn’t make sense when it’s 90 degrees outside. I’ll stick to shorts, thanks very much. Even my jeans make the day feel cooler.
4. (at tie) Payless pumps and black dress heels
I’ve owned the Payless pumps for ages. They were my first pair of heels, and I loved them. But they’re plastic, and they hurt my feet. They’ll make a wonderful pair of heels for someone else. I bought the black dress heels from a thrift store and have never worn them. Turns out, I usually wear flats if I’m going to be dancing or walking, and I’m at the very least walking to and from public transit for most events. Hills and heels are not a friendly mix.
5. (Most of my) silver bangles
I love these, but I never wear bracelets. Or, almost never. I have skinny wrists and small hands and they almost always fall off or get in the way when I’m typing. There are a few other bracelets in my ‘give away’ pile. I wear necklaces and earrings. It’s time to admit that bracelets are not the right jewelry for me.
The list goes on, but I won’t bore you.
Here’s what I’m trying to find.
1. Jean shorts. My old pairs of shorts have lasted me years and years, but they’re so short I’m starting to get uncomfortable. I figure by the time it’s shorts weather, I’ll be able to find at least one decent pair.
2. A purse that can fit my laptop before my favorite old one disintegrates. Mine is like this, and I love it. I’ve had it for at least five years. If I can I want to find the same thing again, but that seems unlikely. I know it was made in Guatemala and I got it fair trade at a green festival.
3. An evening clutch with a shoulder strap. I don’t have one, and every time I go out I end up holding my wallet or tucking my ID in my bra and holding onto my phone. I’m thinking about this one, although I’m sure I can find something second hand.
Donate or Sell?
Want to shed your extra stuff but make at least a little money off of it? Everyone recommends Ebay, but I’d rather let someone else handle the sales. I chose to use ThredUp, an online consignment store with great reviews. They’ll even donate your profits at your request. And, of course, there’s always your local consignment store. DC has a few, but most of my items are middle to low end brands and not suitable for typical consignment.
Some of my stuff is going away because it’s just not useable anymore. Torn and stained t-shirts, for example. I have a couple of things that I’ve kept for sleeping, working out, and gardening, but there are only so many I need. (I kind of love that my yoga pants are splattered with purple).
My work wardrobe, to be donated if my sizing shifts.
I put quite a few things I wasn’t ready to part with but that were nicer than I need in my “work” clothes section. I have a full wardrobe there, but I’m really not going to dress up in suits to sit in front of the computer all day or to serve drinks and food. I’m at a time in my life where I do think it makes sense to hang onto the nicer stuff. It’s the right size, but if that ever changes, even the work clothes will have to go away.