Jilara (jilara) wrote,

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Living now...

I've started upgrading my wardrobe again, rather than making do with clothes I've had for ten years. I realize I tend to wear things until they're pretty dead, and it's mostly out of misplaced frugality. Which isn't to say I don't find great markdowns, or great pre-owned clothing. But it's one thing to keep wearing a well-made 30-year-old skirt because you love it, and another to keep wearing a 5-year-old skirt that looks like it is soon to graduate to the status of "dustrag" because it still has some life. And I realized when I made the shift. It was when Jana and Lia died. Lia, at least, in her later life, took reasonable care of herself. Jana...was one of the folks who lived in a "Great Depression" mentality. Where it's hard to buy new underwear, because who's going to see it, anyway? Interesting, she could get things for characters and personnas (her SCA and Victorian selves lived far better that she did).

Lately, I've been browsing estate jewelery on ebay, and notice it comes primarily from dealers in retirement communities. There are notes attached, pathetic commentaries on lives, sometimes. "Her father purchased this set for her mother, and it was worn only three times in the past 40 years, for very special occasions." "Bought from a 90-year-old who has kept it in a safe deposit box since WWII, as new." These are things that people never WORE. They kept them for special occasions that never came. Where's the enjoyment in that? But that's what so many people do... They're so afraid of something happening to it they don't ever enjoy it. Or they put them aside for something special, and forget that right now can be special, too.

So, lately, I've been wearing my SCA jewelery, too. It's neat stuff (even if it is mostly costume jewelery), and deserves better than to sit in a box. And I've refound a few things like my grandmother's earrings, along the way. I a pair of them the other day. I'm finding it's remarkable fun. It's like playing dress-up, for no reason at all. Hmm, I think I'm onto something, there.

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