Opening an Unintentional Time Capsule - Unpacked Boxes from July

Oh dear! I cleaned up my storage bin and found out that there were a few bins marked "WINTER CLOTHES" that I hadn't unpacked yet! I was delighted to find my long-lost boots, and a bunch of clothes that I thought I had donated but was SO glad that I didn't!

"DO NOT THROW OUT. GOOD CLOTHES." I thought that this box would have the best goodies in it, because I had labelled it as 'good stuff' - but man, what was I thinking?! This stuff is totally not my style anymore - the skirts are way too short and way too twirly (and coming from me, they are VERY twirly). Some of the stuff was ridiculously finicky to put on, and looked terrible once on. This box is all donations. And there are yucky pants in this box. Seriously yucky pants.

"FOR DONATION." Somehow, this box came with me too, so I decided to root through it. Would you believe this box had THE BEST stuff? Tailored pencil skirts, for the win! Tailored A-line skirts. Yay! I can't believe this was so NOT my style only 6 months ago, and right now it totally is!!! Good thing my mom doesn't believe in donation and sent this box along.

Out of two large rubbermaid containers, I have retrieved:
1) Tailored A-line skirt - black
2) Tailored Flare skirt - black
3) Tailored Flare skirt - grey
4) Floral pencil skirt - will try to work this into the summer stuff
5) Fossil leather boots - black
6) Brown leather booties - Forever21
7) Brown leather booties - Aldo
8) Tailored sheath dress - Suzy Shier
9) Tailored sheath dress - Suzy Shier (needs cleaning. REALLY BAD.)
10) Tuxedo blazer - Rickis

Not bad for sorting out some boxes, eh?

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15 Comments

  • qfbrenda replied 5 years ago

    Woo hoo! Nice find!

  • Adelfa replied 5 years ago

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who can't remember what I've donated, what I've kept, and what I've just plain lost!

  • Thistle replied 5 years ago

    Wow, great find! I need to find a box like that hiding in my basement. Perhaps I shall take a trip down there tonight . .. . Who am I kidding? They would all be BC (before child) so would have no hope of fitting even if I found them! And they would probably all be dry clean only anyway!

    Enjoy your find!

  • Sarah A replied 5 years ago

    Super fun discovery! Cant wait to see how your work them into your new professional capsules. :)

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    I'm right there with you, Lyn! Style changes, and we can adapt! I've decided, however, that I need to be firmer about the following:
    1. Good fit and condition
    2. Less tolerance for "One Hit Wonders," items that don't play nicely in the closet!

    Can't wait to see the "new" items!

  • rae replied 5 years ago

    Wowee, what a difference 6 months makes! I think this is why Angie recommends a holding pattern before donation... hm, maybe I should do this, too.

  • Ingunn replied 5 years ago

    It almost sounds like an entire new wardrobe, at least what bottoms are concerned. Now you won't need to go shopping for basic black skirts this year. I think a black skirt is at least as important in my wardrobe as black pants, and I wear them a lot more than my pants, too. I think I have at least three in different lengths, styles and fabric weights. Good thing your mum kept this for you!

  • rosee replied 5 years ago

    Great finds, Lyn! Like opening a treasure chest.

    I tend to hang onto things for a while in storage before I donate them for precisely this reason. Usually when I am in the "give away" mood, I am too utilitarian with my stuff and reduce things to a Spartan level. Later I want to replace the things I (almost) gave away. Sometimes "out of sight, out of mind" is a good thing because later you can rediscover things that you thought were "not right". Sometimes though, "not right" is definitely not right, too.
    Right now, my smaller clothes and my donation clothes are organized on shelves in my room (but not in my closet) that I can still see. It takes them away from the fitting clothes I need to currently deal with, but inspires me to again fit the smaller size. If I don't fit these in a reasonable amount of time, then they will get consigned or donated.

  • lyn* replied 5 years ago

    I actually need a black pencil skirt ... would you believe I don't have one?

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    Lyn, no black pencil? Horrors! Must be remedied! I favor my ponte for comfort, but I'm worried about overdressing usually, since my work place is pretty low-key. I'm on the lookout for a black pencil midi length. I think I"ll have to alter an 90's era skirt that someone hasn't made it to goodwill. (I told you I have a problem).

  • lyn* replied 5 years ago

    I love ponte too! So comfy and not fussy! I think it's also easy to dress down too - or at least that's what I tell myself! LOL.

  • replied 5 years ago

    The Rickis high waisted miracle skirt is pretty nice.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Talk about perfect timing! Your wardrobe just increased in size without spending a dime.

  • cheryl replied 5 years ago

    Yay! You rediscovered some treasures! :)

  • Lisa replied 5 years ago

    What great timing. Sometimes it's all about the timing.

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