Long Lost Clothes

Saturday, January 19, 2013

They say moving house is one of the most stressful activities we do in our lives. Putting the stress to one side, moving house can have many benefits.

As we pack away all of our worldly possessions into boxes, we are often faced with the same reoccurring question "do I really need this?".  Relocating our lives initiates a good old fashioned clear out, and motivates us to declutter, more out of necessity than desire. 

During our recent house move, there have been bags of clothes and household goods that have made their way back (I say back, because most items originated from a charitable shop in the first place) to the op shop; a refreshing feeling.

Clearing out my wardrobe in our previous home gave me opportunity to find some clothes I actually thought I'd lost, if not lost, forgotten I had. Earlier readers may remember a black top I made using tropical bird printed fabric I found in an RSCPA op shop:

I'd also made the same top, sans sleeves, as a gift for the delightful Desiree.

I thought I'd lost this top, and was quite sad about it . When you make your own clothes using recycled material, it's unlikely you'll ever be able replicate the same garment, as finding the exact fabric again, would be extremely difficult.

I located the aforementioned long lost blouse, during our recent move:

Photograph taken outside our new blue house, by my lovely friend Mikey
(who has appeared on Recycled Fashion before)

I've also rediscovered a bag I made using vintage curtain fabric, and owls made out of mens neckties, that I'd completely forgotten about:

 Previously seen here

Readers, have you found lost or forgotten items during a house move too?



Huli said...

such a cute bag :) we've lived in the same place for 5yrs so i have to have regular "spring cleans" to keep all my "stuff" under control as I don't have the urgency to clear out stuff for a move but still need to keep my dressers from overflowing ;)i'm forever "losing" then finding clothes/fabric etc haha

I Love To Op Shop said...

Love that picture

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Oh yes! I can so relate to this -- the new owner of our former home very kindly brought over some jeans and a sweater I'd left in the back of a closet!! Guess I didn't really need them : >

Corina said...

That was an awesome top. I've moved so many times but I always seem to lose things rather than find them.

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes. It's kind of awesome - like getting a present that you already know you like! Haha! It is also a wonderful feeling to clear out a bunch of stuff. I recently cleaned out my sewing room and gave a bunch of things to the thrift store (glad to know I'm not the only one buying from the thrift store and then rethrifting it back later! :D) and now I feel more like sewing in there, because it's less cluttered.

tigergirl said...

No but we'll be moving soon and I really hope I find the little black dress that has gone missing - losing a sock is one thing but a knee length dress??? (It happens more often than I'd like to admit too)

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Oh I adore that bird-print top you made for me and you must have been so happy to find your top too:). I've lost more clothes through house-moving than re-discovering old favourites :( xo

Sleekit said...

Love finding lost stuff in your wardrobe! I'm just about to tackle this myself and looking to have a garage sale to lighten the load of our move, I'm not the best at letting things go!

Looking forward to being your neighbour, maybe you can help with my hoarding

Sleekit x

Carolyn said...

How wonderful to come across some long lost old favourites! Our handmade treasures do hold a special place in our hearts, don't they? :)

Unknown said...

As someone who has moved home 7 times in the past 3 years, I am more than aware of how stressful it can be....it has literally driven me crazy at times haha. But i agree, the clear out you have (and donate!) paves the way for old faves to spring back into life, or room for new goodies. Amongst the stress, it's always been a time of rejuvenation too! xx

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