- 14 in total
- 3 second hand
- 1 second hand and refashioned
- 4 made by me
- 6 bought new
- 4 were school uniform skirts that she wears to her new school even though they don't require uniforms
- skirts range in age from 1-3 years (in her possession, though second-hand ones are older)
I looked in my own closet:
- 55 skirts
- 5 part of a suit (used for work)
- 10 second hand
- 15 made or refashioned by myself
- 1 gift
- Did I really buy 24 skirts?
- I have had them from 1-20 years.
- Some of the vintage ones are older than that.
- On average, I probably make or buy 3-4/year and get rid of 1-2.
- Stuff accumulates.
In contrast, Gina has 56 items of clothing (+ a few more that she found after the census). Dan Ho has 47 items. There is no reason to buy another skirt until I wear out these 54. However, I can't possibly do so in my lifetime. Though not a heavy consumer, I enjoy the novelty of new things now and then. What to do?
- These numbers are after Iris and I culled our closets of things that don't fit. We sent those off to new homes and repaired/refashioned a few tired ones that we kept.
- I read a while ago that the average American woman buys over 40 clothing items per year. Evidently, I am not a heavy consumer by American standards, but I hold on to things longer than most people. I actually like all of my remaining skirts.
- Time to go through the bookshelves again.