One day, about three years ago, I was packing up my summer wardrobe to make place for clothes I needed that autumn, and those that I’d need soon after, in early winter. My gaze fell on my winter stuff (I’d be taking those out of storage later, when the temperatures in North India dropped to icy cold), and I also noticed a pile of garments I’d need (very briefly) in spring.
So many clothes, I’d thought to myself then, and so little time to wear them in each season. Many were in mint condition, some newly bought, so it wasn’t as if the mountaineous piles were due to me hanging on to shabby favorites (which habit I do have, but that’s another post).
Those were the days when one of my sons was experimenting with a minimalistic lifestyle (and was winning at it) so I made myself two promises. I would try my darnedest to stop getting tempted by new fabric, new colors, new designs. And I would give away some of the clothes I hadn’t worn in years.
The first part of my plan was as tough as the second one – I won’t lie – I dithered, agonised, resisted, succumbed, felt guilty, felt great, but I eventually managed to reduce the mountains down to a molehill or three.
My mother and my sisters, lovely stylish fashionistas, meanwhile, continued to eschew de-cluttering even as I struggled to embrace it. They would, however, often offload beautiful, gently-worn items they didn’t want to wear any more, or couldn’t fit into, and these, pending a final disposal, collected over the years in a wardrobe in my parents’ home. That wardrobe, I discovered quite by accident, was exactly what I needed to fill the hole in my recently de-cluttered soul.
I would give the rejected garments a second chance, a loving, grateful new body to adorn – thus, it was in my parents’ home that I experienced the magic of second-hand wardrobes and I cannot recommend the concept enough.
Here are some of the advantages of adopting clothes (extending their lives – or greening them – when their owners are bored of them) instead of buying new ones:
1. You get an inexpensive fashion makeover
2. The wardrobe stops creaking and trying to burst at the seams
3. The hole in your soul gets sustainably filled
4. You still de-clutter, hopefully, by sending out your own clothes for adoption
5. You making your minimalist son very happy
6. You spread bright ensemble sunshine in an adopter’s life
7. You save an overwhelmed landfill
So, go do it – enjoy your Second-Hand Wardrobe, folks!
Satin & Sapphire
October 1, 2019
Contemporary ~ Small Town ~ India
Danger meets delight in Asar Kalan!
Dr Danvir Sandhu has been dealt a cruel hand – his house of cards comes tumbling down when he loses, one by one, all the things that bring meaning to his life. He has barely found equilibrium when a serendipitous event brings Latika Anand into his orbit, and he struggles to stay aloof even as his heart yearns for a future with the maddeningly enticing fashion designer.
Considerably bruised after a break up that is as unexpected as it is callous, Latika is thrown into an even more precarious situation that threatens her life. Both experiences convince her to return to her roots and tackle old demons even if it means denying the attraction she feels for a certain utterly fascinating physician.
More About Reet
My love affair with books began when I was a tot. A fabulous mother, who recognized the power of the written word, read to me and my sisters every night, introducing us to the wonderful world of the imagination. Once I could read on my own, I graduated from fairy tales to adventure stories to romance, spending all my pocket money on books. My father served in the army and took the family along mostly wherever he went, resulting in experiences that beg to find a place in my books. I am an ophthalmologist, but make time for my other passions – reading and writing stories, watching romantic comedies, and doing creative things with wool and a crochet hook. I also love solving the Hindu crossword, and – when my muse is elusive – I enjoy pitting my wits against my husband’s at Scrabble®. When I have no other choice, I can be found in the kitchen putting together my ‘world-famous’ one-pot meals.