THIS??! No. No, I can’t get rid of THIS.

If you’re over the age of 20, chances are you have a piece of clothing you just can’t get rid of.  If you’re me, chances are you have several pieces of clothing you can’t get rid of.

But everyone has at least one thing they’ve saved.  Not something you think you’re necessarily going to wear again but something that was so fantastic, ridiculous, beautiful or iconic that you absolutely have to save it.  It’s a memory.

Now, I know if this were an episode of Hoarders, the councillors would be telling me that memories are in your head, not in that piece of clothing but to them I respectfully say, Suck it.  The day I have to walk over a 3 foot deep mound of dolls heads and cat skeletons to get to my one saved article of clothing, is the day you can council me on it.

There are a few things I’ve saved over the years.  Several actually.  Ahem.  But there are 2 things that I know I will never part with.  One of them is a pair of huge orange overalls that I bought at the Canal Street Jean company in New York City in the 80’s.  I loved those overalls.  I wore them with a rag tied around the waist.  Very Bananarama.

The other thing I’ll never get rid of is my red jacket.  I also bought it in New York City during the same trip.  And it wasn’t cheap.  I can’t remember exactly what it cost but it was definitely more than I could afford at the tender age of 16 or so.

It still looks good on me if I do say so myself.  But that’s usually the case when you buy a classic piece.

 

 

 

Now that I see myself in it, I wonder why I don’t wear it more often.  I really could.

So, your assignment for this week, which I am ridiculously excited about is … I’d like you to show me what you’ve saved.  Send me a picture of that ONE thing you’ve saved over the years.  The one memory shoved in a box or at the back of your closet that you know you’ll never get rid of.

The picture can either be just a photo of the piece of clothing, or …. if you’re feeling brave … a photo of you wearing it.

Send your pictures to karen@theartofdoingstuff.com  I’ll be accepting pictures until Tuesday night.  ( I need time to edit them and get them all ready for the post that goes up Thursday night )

I’ll post the best pictures next Friday.  I’m guessing at that point the hilarity will ensue.

Have a good weekend all!  Now Beat it.


75 Comments

  1. LuAnn Agustin says:

    July 17, 2013 {{{{{{{{{{Karen}}}}}}}}}

  2. Marta says:

    I totally remember those orange overalls. And the blue vinyl pants that you fashioned yourself and wore with your black hightops. I wonder where my jelly bracelets are? We were so cool.

  3. Aimee says:

    Oh NO, I wish I’d been caught up on my RSS earlier!! I have a Statue of Liberty souvenir t-shirt from 1987. It’s now paint-stained and see-through, but it will NOT go. My husband is disgusted. So is my mother.

    • Karen says:

      Aimee – Don’t worry about it. Since the post is now delayed by a week, you can send in a pic if you like. ~ karen

      • Aimee says:

        Oh, thank you!

        (Wait, did I just thank you for giving me the opportunity to put that messy thing up on the internet, where photos never die?)

        Yes, yes I did. And I will take a photo tomorrow. THANK you.

  4. Sally says:

    ha! I saw the pictures and actually snorted a laugh (i guess that’s the best way to describe it). which I typically DON’T do! thanks for giving my day a 180! You rock, Michael, I mean Karen. (No I’m not related to those Jackson’s).

  5. Susie Heller says:

    “Billy Jean–she’s my lover……” Saw the picture heard the song. Susie

  6. Stacy says:

    I am speechless! WOW!
    That is a piece to keep FOREVER!

  7. Teri says:

    How in the world did you get micheal Jackson’s out fit from Thriller!!! Did you happen to get his shiny sequined glove too? That would complete the outfit.

  8. kelliblue says:

    oooomg…up until recent years, i had a couple of 80s shirts, complete with GINORMOUS shoulder pads that I’d kept just for the laughs. I also had an amazing, perfectly beat up jeans jacket that belonged to an old BF from 30 years ago, that I actually used to fit into. Unfort., I think I purged them all during my last move. 🙁 However, being the hoar–er, COLLECTOR that I am, I’m sure I can come up with a couple other things…

  9. Thera says:

    p.s. I am 40, so jeans are 21!

  10. Thera says:

    Hmmm, does it count if you still wear it/them? lmao
    My skinny jeans, think they have lycra or something in them as well, I have had them since I was 19 and I am still wear them regularly, like today, these poor jeans are older than half my kids and I will never give them up and you can’t make me!!!! 😛

  11. Deborah says:

    LOL!! I know exactly what to pull out of the back of the closet. It’s my royal blue fringed suede riding jacket from my horse days. Many a weekend spent going to shows doing barrel racing and polebending races….awwwww…memories 🙂
    I miss my horse…

  12. I don’t BELIEVE it – I had a yellow leather biker jacket AND pants. They were amazing.
    Maybe instead I should summon up the dark green corduroy microdress with turquoise cashmere sloppy collar and basque, worn with over the knee dark green boots and a baby? No, I think it has to be the nearly indecent suede Minnehaha skirt joined for three inches below the waist before splitting ( with a laced waistcoat, beads and fringes)? Couldn’t wear underwear with it, my mother-in-law lifted it to check…

  13. JBess says:

    You know what’s sad… my mother is a leatherworker and in high school she custom made me a beauty of a yellow ochre leather biker jacket. It was gorgeous. But so unique… when I wore it in public I was too conscious of my unusual choice. SO- off I went to college, and as soon as I started hanging out with some punk rockers I dyed it black. SUCH a shame! Now I’m forty and I wish I had that yellow ochre biker jacket!

  14. Susan says:

    As a young babe I think I was Hawt! Even after 4 kids! I had a pair of red short shorts that now that I think about it probably showed what I had for breakfast! But I thought they looked pretty damn good! If I still have them I shall attempt to try them on…. The only problem is I may have some skin in a few places that never used to be there! They may show all of last weeks menu!! That’s if I still have them!the hunt is on!

    • Karen says:

      Hunt away! Yay! I’m sure you’ll find them, put them on and they’ll look great. That’s the way it is with you hawt chicks. 🙂 ~ karen!

  15. taria says:

    I have the pair of faded mint green socks I wore when I delivered both of my babies. They are old now, socks and kids, but I can’t part with them.
    I have one nursing gown too. I am saving that for a pattern if either of my kids EVER get around to making me a grandma.

  16. Jessica says:

    You rock that jacket! I <3 the 80s.

  17. Gayla T says:

    PS. It’s recently come to my attention that someone may have posted a message under my name that contained certain curse words that would only be used by myself after 3 AM when I still had not been able to sleep in nearly 36 hours even though I had taken two (2) sleeping pills and and extra pain pills. I’m laying this mischief at the feet of the same gang of thugs in an attempt to slander me so no one will believe the forgoing messaqe. As a God fearing great-grandmother, I have put my cursing days behind me in an effort to show my grands the true path to walk. The same with not being truthful so just dismiss any other ideas from your mind.

  18. Gayla T says:

    WARNING WARNING WARNING!!!!!!! Fellow posters, do not fall for this scam! I have just sent this to the Canadian Rocky Mountain Undercover Police (you know, thise stud muffins in the red jackets that saved Pearl Pureheart, no? well forget it then)for investigation to a multi-nation ransom scheme. I got an email warning me of this just a week or so. These people set up blogs to lure you in with promises of goodies…something about a meat cleaver and a tea towel if that makes any sense. Soon, when you have let down your guard you are encouraged to turn over pics of yourself you wouldn’t show your BFF. Multi copies are posted on all the blogs and sent to you with the threat of sending them viral on YouTube unless you meet their demands. I’ve already seen the pictures of one beautiful woman dressed in an unseemly red outfit she normally would not have been caught dead in so I know it is true. Sadly, she didn’t give in to their demands and her crumpled body was found at the bottom of a stair case. That gruesome picture was also sent to me because, like her, I will not give in to their demands for sex with this hunky fella whose pics they have used to lure us into sending that first photo. At this point I would suggest just playing along with this gang and send your photo, resting assured that the authorities have been informed and are on the job. You need not post messages of thanks. I just take pleasure of doing my civic duty as I have done over my brick sidewalks. Unbelievable update regarding that civic duty soon!

  19. Reg says:

    Hang on to that red jacket. If you wait long enough it will come back in style. These things go in cycles. All the ’60’s inspired stuff shown in magazines and stores now, I wore the first time around.
    Funny…I don’t want to do it again. 😉

  20. sera says:

    uh. yeah. Part of the reason I’m holding on to my fake fur pencil skirt is because I keep thinking, someday, I will be able to squeeze my fat ass into it (actually it’s my rounder belly) I’m just not that same size 4 flat abs girl I once was. I’ll see what I can do though…

  21. Ruth says:

    I don’t save clothing… if a year passes and I haven’t worn it, it gets sent to the Community Service Department at my church or thrown out (if I deem it a grand waste of energy).

    What can I say? I’m allergic to clutter. That, and our houses don’t have half the square footage of yours. 😀

    • Shannon says:

      Sadly, this applies to me as well. No fabulous clothing here. Although I do have a couple of sweatshirts that are so raggedy they never get worn outside of my house. Not fabulous, but comfy!

  22. That jacket is a keeper–even if you did have to climb over a mound of doll parts to get to it.

    I’d like to say this in the most off-hand sort of way, but if I were a therapist who saw a hoarding city coucillor I would counsel him (or her) to get rid of those doll parts. (Unless of course, he (or she!) wants to make an album cover with them.)

  23. SK Farm Girl says:

    Back in the early eighties I was in my mid-later teens, and we loved to party! Never missed a house party or a bush party! Anyway, we were at a house party one particular night and for some reason – eh-hem- me and my BFF (since age of 7) were standing just outside the door. The music was cranked so the other side of town could enjoy Black Sabbath as well. Now I don’t recall the conversation my BFF and I were having but just at the precise moment the music stopped between songs my girlfriend blurted out in her loudest voice “I’m finger lickin’ good!!!!” Let me tell you every person in that house heard her. We were only about 15 at the time and everyone else was older than us. Embarassed – quite!!!!! About a year ago we were splittin’ a gut laughing over this. I found her a patch on Ebay, “Finger Lickin’ Good!”; she laughed till she nearly peed her pants. She immediately sewed the patch on her jean jacket that she wore to every party back in the day; she kept everything from our “high” school years! We had such a blast those teenage years . . . sigh!

  24. Carey says:

    that is definitely a classic, but if you must, it could fill in for a halloween costume. i mean if you absolutely HAD to. i’m sure you were rockin’ that jacket hanging with the cult, too!

  25. gloria says:

    What time Tuesday night? Until midnight? Because after that would be Wednesday morning, of course. These time things always confuse me.

  26. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I did have some things for quite a while..but I finally purged and got rid of them..If I had them I would probably show you my leather jacket with all of the fringe..it was way cool..but not as cool as yours Karen..MJ would be proud of you..

  27. Eric H. says:

    Absolutely amazing, that is all

  28. I wish it were only one item but alas I have more old stuff than new (and I don’t mean cool vintage items). Rock on! Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  29. Susan says:

    Besides, imagining me is waaaay awesomer than actually SEEING the chaps….argh.

  30. Susan says:

    Aw crap; I want to be lazy and now you’re shaming me into digging in The Closet….

  31. ha this is so great. I always keep random things… i don’t think anything i have tops that jacket though. It’s awesome! go 1980s 😉

  32. Susan says:

    I can’t even FIT into my green and white w/ silver conchos show chaps! They were custom made when I was 19…I’m 61 now…seriously, was I REALLY that size? So you’ll just have to use your imagination how awesome I was showing our Arabian Stallion…. 😉

    • Karen says:

      Susan – I will do NO such thing. As a horseback rider who had chaps made herself (but mine were a tasteful brown suede) I demand you at least hold them up to yourself to show them off. I really would like to see them! Love chaps! I had an Anglo Arab at one point but I showed English. Dressage, 3 Day Eventing, Hunter … that sort of thing. ~ karen

  33. Sarah A. says:

    That jacket is amazing. Now I’m going to have Beat It stuck in my head all day! As soon as I get home, I’m digging. I know I have all of my old leotards & various spandex from my ballet & dance days. Not sure if I can squeeze into them though! Oh, this is going to be interesting.

  34. Spokangela says:

    YES!!!! That was amazing. I will start digging. However, what with all your urging (more than once) to purge I am afraid I have been a bit overzealous. I don’t know if I even have anything left! My Hubs and I were just laughing last night about my Doc Martens sandals I’ve had for 15 years that I FINALLY let go of last summer. Oh man I really regret that… even though I haven’t worn them in probably 9 years. I am so excited to see what everyone comes up with!

  35. Laura Bee says:

    This is gonna be good, can’t wait for this post! I’ve got a few things, and some I still wear. I still have a pink hand knit sweater I am wearing in my school picture from ’91. Have a pair of jeans I embroiderd & ripped out the zipper & added grommets & a shoelace to the same year. They are packed away, just can’t squeeze into them (they were skin tight back then!), but I love them.

  36. Maureen says:

    Oh, crap. Now I am going to have the Thriller soundtrack in my head all day. 🙂

  37. Susie says:

    OH Karen, thanks for bringing back some totally awesome memories of the 80’s! : ) Racking my brain trying to remember if I kept anything at all – Jams, Scott Baio t-shirt, Levi’s denim jacket, leg warmers…..ooooo I still have the Swatch watch that I wore around my ankle! Oh yeah, we were the deal back then weren’t we?!! Weren’t we?? Karen???

    • Shauna says:

      HA, Suzie, my 4 year old son just put his Batman slap watch around his ankle this morning and thought he was so original and cool! 🙂

  38. Lynn says:

    “Now Beat It.” OMG… you never disappoint! Once again you started my day with a laugh [and planted an ear-worm].

  39. Natika says:

    Ah!!!!! I knew this day would come sometime and yet I can’t even participate!!!! All of my “memory” clothes are in a storage locker on the other side of the world!! I’ve kept most of my clothes from the time I was 12, so I have some real doozies… omigod… I’m heart-broken…

  40. Jillian says:

    Where are the flock of seagulls? lol We must be the same age …Whip it, whip it good….

  41. Jules says:

    Im not sure anything can top this Karen! do you have some white rhinestone gloves too? freaking hilarious..

  42. JebberA says:

    Hahaha
    HA,

    I might just dig out my downhill ski racing suit from the early 1990’s when brighter was better and neon was best.

  43. karen says:

    you could be on Glee and fit in well. that’s the problem with old stuff that still fits, we keep it forever.

    • Wah! Nothing from back then fits. I used to be a Babe, now I am Babe.

      ^^
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      // \\

      • Bethany says:

        LeeAnne: thank you for making me laugh my (much bigger than it was back in the day) ass off. I love the pig illustration too.

        • Hey Bethany,
          Glad my enormity could contribute to your hilarity. 🙂
          Honestly though, I love it when one of my “lines” makes people laugh. Ih the hope of more giggles, here’s another along the same (really fat) lines:

          In the late 90s, hubby was home from a road trip. His parents were sitting in the living room when he was telling about how the the uber hot and sexy Shania Twain walked withing 3 feet of hubby wearing an incredibly tight leather suit.
          I pretended to pout. Seeing my expression, hubby’s mom said “Bill, you shouldn’t talk like that in front of LeeAnne.”
          Looking at me Bill, pretending annoyance, asked “Don’t YOU have a tight leather suit?”
          I put on my best attempt at a grumpy/pouty look, and said “ALL my suits are tight!”

  44. Kerri says:

    I had that jacket!! haha.. oh man. I also had the glove. Don’t judge.

  45. Katie says:

    I was really hoping to see the overalls!

  46. Oh if only I hadn’t donated that unbelieveably cool black leather cropped biker jacket with a million chunky zippers from 1989 – it was so bad ass I wish I still had it, I would proudly wear it to the market just to get some sideways glances…

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I’m sure you must have *something*. 🙂 ~ karen

    • Shauna says:

      I think I had the exact same jacket! I bought mine in 1986 though;) And, I think I only recently got rid of it. I have to have something, somewhere. I’ve kept some of my Nana’s clothes, but those really are cool – ahem, I swear. Hmmm.

  47. Pati Gulat says:

    By the way…should I run across said ensemble…do I send the pics to your email ???

  48. Pati Gulat says:

    OMG !!! THE GUILT !!! THE GUILT IS OVERWHELMING !!! Okay..I’ll look for it…we’ve been remodeling our house for 2 yrs now and are unpacking this weekend..I will DILIGENTLY look for it…JUST FOR YOU,Karen…simply cos of all you do for me !!! LOL

    • Gayla T says:

      Super congrats on reaching the end of a two year remodel! Only one who has done it could even begin to imagine what a event this is. The most fun is that all the stuff that was feeling a bit stodgy when you packed it up will all feel new. WooHooo!However, don’t list the house next week because you just found one even more fantastic that is actually just what you were looking for when you settled for the one you just finished. Bad idea and you can guess how I know. LOL

      • Pati Gulat says:

        Thanks,Gayla ! Have no fear, I will NEVER list my house! It sits on the land, actually the old house place, my great granddaddy settled back in the EARLY 1900’s. :o)))) I’ll NEVER find a place I love more than living behind the oak tree he planted oh so long ago…<3

  49. Pati Gulat says:

    ROTLFMBO !!!!!!!!!! I WOULD send you a pic of my blue jean jacket I’ve had since I was 17 with an iron-on on the back that reads “I’m His Because He Deserves The Finest” but it’s packed !!!!

    • Karen says:

      OMG! YOU HAVE TO UNPACK IT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO UNPACK THAT! PLEASE!@!!!!!! FOR ME!!!! THINK OF ALL I DO FOR YOU! (guilt) PUHLEASEEE. ~ karen

  50. Jenn says:

    OMG Karen! I thought it was photoshopped until I saw the 2nd set of pics. Bwahahaha!!!!

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