When do you retire items?

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  1. J011yroger

    J011yroger Senior member

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    I tend to hold onto things for what I feel is a bit too long.

    The old "I'll just wear it one more time" ploy.

    So do you personally have any hard and fast rules about when you retire the following items?

    Shirts?
    Jackets?
    Ties?
    Trousers?
    Shoes?
    Belts/accessories?

    Also, when do you resole/recraft vs. tossing into the bin.

    J
     


  2. LeviMay

    LeviMay Senior member

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    Great topic.

    I also tend to hang on to stuff irrationally.

    I have one suit with damaged pants that I still can't bear to part with.

    Shirts are usually pretty frayed by the time they get trashed.

    Pants always wear in the crotch first (see above), and get patched at least once and continue being used.

    For shoes, I have only recently gotten into higher quality shoes, and haven't gotten to the recrafting point yet.

    I'm curious to hear others' points of view.
     


  3. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    I do so when:

    1) I no longer like the thing;

    2) The thing is definitely worn out;

    3) I haven't worn the thing in a few years;

    or

    4) When I no longer have enough space and it is the weakest link.


    Success in this endeavor is to be retiring things only because of #2. This reflects a carefully curated selection.
     
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  4. J011yroger

    J011yroger Senior member

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    Yea, I have one suit with a tiny hole in the lapel maybe half the size of a pencil eraser that you can see the canvas through, and a little wear point on the sleeve cuff.

    I want to toss it, and I have another almost identical one, but it fits so well...

    I just don't want to end up on the next episode of hoarders...

    J
     


  5. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    Get money replace broken stuff
     


  6. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If I don''t wear something for a year, then it goes to the cancer league thrift store.

    If I wear out something I get a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment yet it probably means I will miss it as well.

    I have been focusing on a nice edited wardrobe for many years. I keep and wear only things that fit, mix and match. That is especially helpful for travel.
     


  7. J011yroger

    J011yroger Senior member

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    Lol, lack of stuff is surely not my problem, quite the opposite.

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  8. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I toss things that can't be repaired. What is the point of holding on to them when you probably won't wear them or want to wear them.

    I really like old, repaired denim. They are like an old friend. I'm taking 2 pairs of 10+ year old Levis into the Levis tailor shop tomorrow for extensive patching.
     


  9. J011yroger

    J011yroger Senior member

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    Certain things look good worn, some jeans, rugby shirts, flannel shirts, barn coats etc.

    My "dress" jeans I wash as little as possible, my casual jeans I wear the hell out of. I have maybe 15 pair of casual Levis that are just now starting to get that nice fray to them. I bought too many of the same exact pair so they took too long to wear in.

    Same with some of my shirts, I have too many for them to wear in nicely.

    I know, the epitome of first world problems.

    J
     


  10. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    J011yroger, most of the members here could have their own episode on Hoarders. The rest are filthy rich.
     


  11. J011yroger

    J011yroger Senior member

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    How does one get from the former category into the latter?

    J
     


  12. ter1413

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    Timely topic. yesterday I donated to a men's shelter in NYC:

    -12 dress shirts
    -1 suit
    -6 pairs of shoes

    I cleaned out a closet earlier this week and really haven't worn any of the stuff in years.
     
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  13. JayJay

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    If I go a couple of seasons without wearing an item, then I tend to donate it.
     


  14. Riva

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    When you shop online so much you tend to have items that don't fit so well in addition to nice but bored out items. I got 2 lucky sons who will be wearing stuff most college kids can only dream of. Limited edition Barba jeans, Ferragamos, JLC watch. But no not the Mclaren, they'll just have to settle with the Maser and Aston. For stuff they can't wear I usually donate to my brother since the bastard's richer than me but hella cheap on investing on looks.

    Aside from that some stuff just simply refused to get rid itself like the old armani collezioni with custom horn single button which fit me so well that today the top boss of the 2nd biggest finance company in the world actually complemented and asked where I made it. It was a rather embarassing moment as I cannot show the label since it's been black marked as a no return item to Saks. But hell it's a damn good $350 Ebay purchase.

    Seeing that I've been getting a new suit or jacket every 2 weeks, there will come a time when I would have to unload most of my things which a great deal I have never worn since purchased 1-2 years ago. It'll be a tough decision.
     


  15. archetypal_yuppie

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    Could have shortened to "randomly", and "I'm a douche."
     


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