As EyTan (EL72) correctly recalls my socks are stored in clear, Tupperware-like containers-organized by color and/or designer. They are kept on 4' shelves that run from the floor to the ceiling, attached to the wall behind the bedroom door (The shelves are blocked from view when the bedroom door is in the open position). Unfortunately, due to remodeling construction that's currently going on in the bedroom it's rather difficult for me to snap a photo of that setup. The easiest way to explain why I've amassed so many socks is for me to explain about my shirts... I spent most of my career in the graphic design business. Most of our work was focused on high-end corporate identity and communications. 6-figure logos... along with comparable annual reports and "sexy" 4-color brochures. By the late-80's we were flying high and I was dressing the part. Not only did our clients like to be associated with a firm that looked successful, but I learned early-on that the wilder I dressed the better it was for business. My clients liked (and expected?) me to look "artsy." I seldom wore a tie...mostly sport shirts, and I had a lot of them. My clients and associates would almost always take notice of the shirts and would typically comment every time I wore a new one (For a number of years one of my clients was a multi-billion dollar satellite company and the CEO gave me a nickname... whenever he saw me in the halls he would call out to me, "Hey shirts!"). Back in those days (late 80's/early 90's) it wasn't as easy to find well-made, "fun" shirts as it is today. So whenever I saw one that I liked I grabbed it. More often than not it would be by Versace (along the way I bought a lot
of other Versace items...suits, jackets, belts, SOCKS, etc). At around the same time, some companies began popping up that were making "fun" socks. And it wasn't long before my clients took notice... They would make a point of saying "wild shirt"... followed by, "Okay, let's see the socks." And my sock collection was off and running... For well over 20 years I've been purchasing an average of 2-4 shirts/month. Almost as many socks. And I have held onto most of them. You do the math. When our daughter moved out a couple of years ago we decided to convert one of the spare bedroom into a closet. And I took over the walk-in closet in the master bedroom....it's pretty much just for my shirts. About 2/3rds of my shirts are kept in there. I recently grabbed a few quick shots with my Blackberry to show to a friend... Here's a typical section. As you can see I've pretty much maxed out the space.
This is just a portion of my Versace shirts (with a few other similar types mixed in):
After all these years, and with all the shirts I own, I'm still buying at that rate. And I still "agonize" over each new shirt I buy. It's an agony that I truly enjoy. Here are a couple of pics I recently took while shopping at Filene's. There were some shirts I was considering so I snapped some photos (I came back the next day and bought both).
Hope I didn't bore you with all that... Dennis