Looking at a Pile of Clothes

White slacks too long in the leg
One cotton sweater the color of egg
Torn pocket on a scrub top
Chenille jacket the run won’t stop
A zipper that’s sticky
A t-shirt that’s icky
Missing buttons and snaps
Ripped Velcro on caps
Leggings to mend
There is never an end
Until into scrap bags
Unmended clothes become rags

This is my offering for National Poetry Month Challenge to fulfill prompt #12 – Write a list poem about clothes. As you are all aware (if you have been reading), I am preparing for a massive garage sale. This epic event is designed to remove some excess from my life. Part of the problem is clothes. I cleaned out several closets. I have now tackled my craft room. The craft room is also my sewing/mending room. I have to admit to being very lackadaisical concerning mending. Going through the mending pile has resulted in some items being culled (slacks that I’ve never worn because I’ve never shortened the legs) or tossed into the Goodwill bag for donation, and even a few things that were recycled as cleaning cloths. My present dilemma is whether to mend some items. If I mend them I could put them in the garage sale. My other options are not to mend and just try to sell them “as is” or just donate them to Goodwill… There is so much to do and so little time!

29 thoughts on “Looking at a Pile of Clothes

  1. I can understand the poem, but most of my clothes I’m wearing. Either every day or my ‘church’ clothes. Now I’ve lost weight I need to shop for good things to wear. I hate shopping.

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    1. I think that if we can clear a few $$ (and make some room in the closets) then I can purchase some closet organizers to make things even more tidy!! It will be one of my retirement projects…

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  2. I enjoyed your “rag time” rhyme! Hope the garage sale goes well. You could hold off on the trip to Goodwill, and toss in anything that doesn’t sell. Mending is not my favorite job, I sew buttons back on and that’s about it. How funny that we ended up on the same prompt on the same day, with you doing them in order and me skipping around. Here’s the link: https://justjoan42.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/anybody-need-empty-hangers/ 🙂

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    1. I think I like your list better than mine… I will be waiting until after the garage sale to make a donation trip to Goodwill. I hope we can clear enough money to make it worth the effort. I have my fingers crossed for good weather!

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  3. Eventually they all end up there. My grandmother used to make blankets from old scraps. I still have a dozen of her blankets and I can see pieces of dresses she wore.

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    1. My husband’s grandmother made quilts for all the grand kids with scraps from her defunct clothes. Sadly she liked polyester fabrics and the quilts were all made between 1955 and 1970. All the colors and textures are less than lovely especially the wool backing! Some how we ended up with 2 of them. I tried to give them to my sons but they wanted nothing to do with them!

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      1. That’s too bad. All my siblings have quilts made by our grandmother. I have two on my bed and they are in great shape. The ones I have were made in the 70s and early 80s.

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    1. I put them in the pile for the garage sale last night – as is. If no one wants a shirt with the missing button in the pocket… well, Goodwill will take it! Hmm. A rag rug would look good by the back door… I wonder how hard it is to make one.

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      1. I wouldn’t want to take the project of a rash rug but if you do I’d love to see it! I’ve heard Goodwill and others take what they can but items that are unsellable are sent o.j. To manufacturers of items like rag rugs. I don’t know if it’s true but it makes sense.

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        1. I know that Goodwill Industries employs handicapped persons to cut the clothes into rags that they sell to shops and car washes to use. I imagine that some of those rags might just end up as rugs if they can make a profit…

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  4. i support the mend and make do culture, we are becoming such a throw away society it is worrisome. all the best for a good sale and may all the items find new and good homes.

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    1. Hehe! Yes! I was thinking of printing up a couple of signs that read “Experienced _____, seeking new employment with younger owner” for some electronics. I really do hope that someone wants them and is willing to take them home.

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  5. I am starting to give away clothes I don’t wear much any longer…some I just don’t care about much any longer..some just not comfortable. As I get out and put out ‘season’ clothes’…I go through them like that. 😉

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    1. It is a never ending rotation of clothes – I sometimes have a favorite piece of clothing that I wear to death. That causes me more angst for one thing than a whole stack of too tight/too big/too uncomfortable…

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        1. Hehe! I have a pair of capri pants that were second hand 10 years ago and they are on the edge of disintegration. I’m wearing them today but this might be their last hurrah. Now I’m looking for a replacement pair… luckily fashion is cyclical!

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