The Reckoning


Last night I took two bags of clothes to a clothing bank for donation. They’ve been sitting in a box since March because the donation boxes were closed until July. And after that, well, I just forgot. I’m pretty sure that when we moved there were boxes that had been unopened since the last move.

Previously, I had tried to BUNZ trade them, but there wasn’t much interest. I also tried to pawn them off on friends and family. I got rid of a few garments this way. I was tired of trying to purge without things ending up in the landfill.

Today I was near Plato’s Closet, a consignment shop, and I remembered “Hey! I can sell my clothes here!”

Now, I had just donated a serious amount of wardrobe, but the idea of making a quick buck, or at least taking payout in trade got me to thinking again about my problematic clothes. It’s time to let them go.

I wrote about this situation earlier, but here’s the recap: I have clothes that are super comfy but completely unflattering and I have beautiful outfits that are, for various reasons, uncomfortable. The Marimekko x Uniqlo shirt pictured above is a very good example of my problem. I went crazy on the Marimekko collab. And granted, I’ve been wearing most of purchases all summer. But this shirt has three strikes against it: Button up shirts always gap on me; Orange is maybe not my best colour; and the material makes me sweaty (even though I have the muc muu in the same print and fabric, I don’t have the same issues, probably because It’s looser and I rarely wear it out of the house.

They all have something special about them but today I found the strength to set them free. The consignment bag is already full and I haven’t even got to the shoes that I don’t/can’t wear. I’m guessing that even with this bounty, I’ll probably only make about $50, but its better than nothing. And on the plus side, should I choose to take store credit, the things they sell are excellent value — less expensive than most thrift shops. I got a Missoni dress there last year for like $6. I may have purchased a few things there today. I will save that story for tomorrow.