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Sartorial confusion

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

I need to get a couple of things straight. One, I did not buy any new clothes today. Two, I did not give any to a charity shop.

Right. What did happen, first (and you'll have to excuse me, I am still reeling from the experience) is that I took my three winter coats to the dry cleaners:

- The thick black wool one, two winters old, a small fit so it is only two sizes too big at the moment ie fits well enough, though it should be three sizes too big.

- The lime green one, same vintage, chewed by moths in one place but ok to wear, loose fit so although it is a size smaller than the above black one the fit of it is more or less the same.

- The vintage fine black wool one, vintage because I bought it in 1986 and love it so much I have never been able to bring myself to get rid of it, one moth hole (that I noticed and it's a recent addition, the moths got it but I got the moths so fingers crossed that's it) and size 16 so still too small but I have Hopes of it.

Three coats, shoved into black bin liner, lugged to the dry cleaners. Will be ready on Tuesday, cost of cleaning the three (23.25).

What do you mean you didn't hear that?

TWENTY-THREE QUID AND TWENTY-FIVE PENCE TO CLEAN THREE COATS.

It's scandalous. I rarely get anything cleaned and this reminded me why.

I staggered back home and had a lie-down and a cup of tea.

Once I'd recovered enough, I shoved a couple more garments in a plaggy bag for the recycling bin. I also - now that I can see what's on there because my coats are all at the cleaners - had a look at the bags hanging from the coat rack in the hall. There were two with stuff in there for the charity shop/recycling bin. Here's where it gets complicated.

One of the bags contained a pair of black needlecord trousers in a size 22 that I decided to get rid of more than six months ago and forgot about. I was getting rid of them because they were too tight and I thought I would never get into them again.

I have just tried them on and they are now too loose.

Yes.

So tomorrow they are going to the recycling bin, but for the opposite reason from the original reason.

As I said, it's been a confusing sort of day.

I measured my waist this morning and I seem to have lost another three centimetres from it. Either that or the technicalities of a tape measure are beyond me. This is quite possible.

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LTMURPHY7 11/18/2012 10:00PM

  Do you have do it yourself Dry Cleaners? you do it like your wash ( at there store w/ their chemicals) You could do it yourself & be cheaper

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EABL81 11/18/2012 9:39PM

    If this keeps up, you'll have stashed it all into bags and will have to do a Godiva (and I'm not talking about the chocolate).

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GOOSIEMOON 11/18/2012 9:11PM

    Yay for you!

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THOMS1 11/18/2012 8:38PM

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ROCKYCPA 11/18/2012 8:27PM

    Good for you - cleaning out the clothes that don't fit you!

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WINNINGBATTLE 11/18/2012 8:26PM

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-PAULA 11/18/2012 7:47PM

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CICELY360 11/18/2012 7:30PM

  good blog

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/18/2012 6:43PM

    Great job! WOOHO!

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PEGGYO 11/18/2012 6:02PM

    way to go

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DIANNEMT 11/18/2012 5:57PM

    LOL

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TEEBEE44 11/18/2012 5:26PM

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PATRICIAANN46 11/18/2012 5:10PM

  So many non-scale victories for you.......... emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/18/2012 5:08PM

    Wow, you must have almost no clothes left to your name at this point! Congratulations on more centimeters lost and ...ingrowing? undergrowing? whatever the opposite of "outgrowing" is.... your clothes! :)

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EPATTEN79 11/18/2012 5:06PM

    I love your blog; keep up the good work!

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HLOCHRIDGE 11/18/2012 4:37PM

    That's why I dislike having to buy anything that has to be drycleaned. Congratulations on your weight loss!

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DFG5876 11/18/2012 3:59PM

    emoticon Good job! Congrats on losing, and dry cleaning is still cheaper than buying a new coat.


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WALLINMW 11/18/2012 3:44PM

  stay motivated!

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WALLINMW 11/18/2012 3:43PM

  stay motivated!

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BARBARASDIET 11/18/2012 3:27PM

    I don't buy anything that requires dry cleaning--and since I live in CA, I don't need coats!

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DAYSPRING-STAR 11/18/2012 3:20PM

    I loved your blog, thank you. As I lost weight, I had to buy some new coats at the thrift shop and have them cleaned. Shopping at the thrift shop has allowed me to consider and buy some styles that no way would I have paid full price for. I too had a sticker shock at the cost of dry cleaning. And I have held onto a couple of my favorite now too large coats. Let's face it, coats are an investment. And we do the best we can moving them in and out of our lives. I understand the sartorial confusion. Keep Sparking!

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JANETTEB553 11/18/2012 2:53PM

    Yes about 5 years ago I took a jacket, that i liked but did not fit, to the drycleaners. It cost more that the jacket had to get it drycleaned. Ever since then I do not buy anything that cannot be hand or machine washed.

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TRYINGHARD54 11/18/2012 2:48PM

    I dont buy anything that I cant clean myself.

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NEWCHINELO 11/18/2012 2:42PM

    Good job!

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LIS193 11/18/2012 2:38PM

    That's a lot to get your coats cleaned :(

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ARUSHING2 11/18/2012 2:23PM

 
You are a joy. Thank you for your stories.

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BUSMOM27 11/18/2012 2:22PM

    I need to get rid of stuff as well. Thanks for the encouragement.

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CAROLJEAN64 11/18/2012 2:13PM

    What a joy reading your blog. You are a great writer.

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/18/2012 2:05PM

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BLUE42DOWN 11/18/2012 1:27PM

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Such a nuisance those moths are! Glad you got them before they did any more damage. And what a delight to unexpected have something you were going to give away because it was too tight turn around and be too loose!

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CHERYLSBUTT 11/18/2012 1:12PM

    One of the things I have been doing with clothes that are too big that I dont give to charity is to resell them on consignment. .. or have then taken in to fit the new me. One gives me a little spending cash and one saves me from buying new. Either way I feel success!!!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/18/2012 1:07PM

    IO have no idea what quids and pence are but dry cleaning is ridiculous here in the colonies too!

Make today a great day!

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BRAVELUTE 11/18/2012 1:04PM

    It struck me that this would be a wonderful time for you to sell and move to sunny Florida or California or the south of Italy. You're wardrobe is just about cleaned out. The smallish summer things you still have would do you for the winter, and you could buy your new wardrobe once you got there.

You'd also have a place at the pool to show off the new bod.

You'd save on moving fees which are astronomical since everything is going to recycling.

You'd save on cleaning fees because you could just donate the coats you just had cleaned since you won't need them.

Buyers who come to look at your house will think your closets are huge since you've just about emptied them.

And if you decide to come across the pond, it's a buyers market here in Florida in my retirement community. Lots of homes under $50,000. Some Way Under.

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ANNANN63 11/18/2012 12:59PM

    I live in Florida so have no need for really heavy winter clothing. I use the dry cleaning sheets that work in the dryer for keeping my linen, silk, and wool things fresh with the occasional trip to the dry cleaners. I don't even own a heavy coat. I have a really warm outside vest that I wear over layers that takes care of our few cold days.

Congratulations on needing to get rid of big clothes. I have purged most of my stuff but was just today thinking of a few things that will not leave my house until I get rid of them. They are too big but can still be worn (some shorts with elastic waistbands and some oversized tops.)

I really enjoy your blogs. Congratulations on finding what works for you and seeing such lovely success.

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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/18/2012 12:33PM

    Yay centimeters! emoticon

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LOOKY-LOU 11/18/2012 12:33PM

    Well hopefully they come back from the cleaners looking good, then you will feel better about the $$.

Congrats on the waist changes!

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IRISHGIRL3 11/18/2012 12:17PM

    Congrats!

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CATLADY52 11/18/2012 12:13PM

    What are 'dry cleaners'? If something can't be washed and dried at home I don't buy it. My iron hasn't seen the light of day for over six months. For me, it's jeans and tee shirts. On the other hand I'm retired, living in the country, with very limited social life (my choice), and very frugal.

Congrats are definitely in order for your losses. It is so satisfying to say goodbye to really way too large items of clothing. emoticon

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FUSCHIA6 11/18/2012 11:57AM

    I haven't had anything drycleaned for years now. I'm just too cheap. I do have one coat that should go. Doesn't it feel good putting those "too big" items in the charity bin?
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SUPERGRAN55 11/18/2012 11:14AM

    I hear you about the dry cleaning. I bought a shearling jacket at an auction for $5 (that would be 2.5 Brit dollars/pounds) and spent $45 to clean it! (20.25 Brit bucks).
But they retail for about $1000 (500 BB) so I figure I'm ahead. An it is really, really warm, and will never go out of style. And 40 pounds from now (thats weight, not money) I will still be able to enjoy it on really cold days cause there'll be room for lots of sweaters (that's jumpers in Brit) under it. As for the 1986 vintage coat, I have a trench coat that I bought in 19865 that I still love. Another coat that never dates itself, my (now ex) husband thought I overpaid at the time. Just another in a long list of things he was wrong about.

Keep up the good fight and the fun blogs!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/18/2012 11:10AM

    I've no idea how quid and pence work, compared to US$ dollars and cents, though I think ?! a British Pound is roughly equivalent to US$ dollars?? But dry cleaning is a bit much. Do you have access to those do it yourself dry cleaning sheets? The brand I've used most is "Dryel" but I don't know, maybe it is a USA thing only? You put garment in the special bag and one of the treated sheets that come in the kit, and dry it in your clothes dryer.

That said, it is WONDERFUL to have clothes you can turn loose to the charity bin!! I have a huge plastic sack I need to do the same...many are clothes I once wore and have vague notions I would like to wear them again when I get back to that smaller size... yet... I haven't gotten to that smaller size. Sooo I think part of it goes to "mental baggage" I must have with the item, that it would just be best to take them all to the thrift store and "start new" with clothes once I actually get to a smaller size. And by "start new" I mean basically a new slate, not necessarily brand new clothes. Likely since I'll need several sets of smaller clothese before I get to goal weight, most likely these will come from thrift stores and clearance racks...

Good going!!

And I think I will have a cuppa tea too!!

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Julia

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