What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time


on April 15, 2014

In what’s almost an annual event, we shed t-shirts again.

In the affluent parts of the West, t-shirts are easily acquired. They’re frequently issued as mementos of occasions and to supply a “uniform” for those sharing a volunteer day or amateur athletic event. That’s how Nimue and I add several to our t-shirt drawer every year … most of the “charity” rides include one in the goodie bag, so taking the tandem makes it x2.

We use them for casual wear and “work” shirts while remodeling and gardening. But our “need,” generously defined, is for only a few. So when it gets hard to stuff two more in the drawer, we recognize it’s time to cull the collection. We’ve grown fairly hard-hearted. Even two thoughtful gifts moved from the “keep” to “go” stack this round. (We retain the intended affection.)

After last year’s purge, I took a dozen cycling-themed shirts to the second-hand bike shop to give away. Today we subtracted eight: two were demoted to rags, and six are bound for the thrift store.

"Poor citizens must not with courtiers wed/Who will in silks and gay apparel spend,/More in one year than I am worth, by far." (Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker's Holiday)

“Poor citizens must not with courtiers wed/Who will in silks and gay apparel spend,/More in one year than I am worth, by far.” (Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker’s Holiday)

shedding styles: re-purpose, give away
destination: rag pile, thrift store

Comments welcome … would you feel lighter giving the t-shirt off your back?


4 responses to “t-shirts

  1. Anne Lene says:

    Yes, it’s amazing how t-shirts seem to “multiple” all by themselves ;-) thrift store and rags are a great solution. I do the same with the one I don’t manage to give away to family and friends. I keep forever trying to dwindle it down to a select few. Last year I was really conscious about what cloths I brought in, and this year I’m working hard at “using them up” and not bringing any new cloths inn! Maybe I’ll get down to only a handful t-shirts at the end?

  2. revdarkwater says:

    I’m sure sewing is some form of magic!

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