National Second Hand Wardrobe Week!
In 2012, I lost almost all of my belongings in Super Storm Sandy. I was left with pair of rainboots (that had a hole in one of the soles), and a pajama set that I had evacuated with plus a few miscellaneous items I had been carrying on my person. I have never been so grateful for the kindness of strangers and the donations I received – especially the bag full of socks a coworker had brought me (I even used them to keep my hands warm). While we were rebuilding and getting back on our feet our community was blessed with support from people who really cared. It was only when I moved last year that I really noticed how much stuff I had acquired. I have way more clothing items than I need and half of my clothing is either too small or two big. It’s been a process these past 5 years to replace the donated items and items I bought hastily with a wardrobe that is my own. And with each season that passes I am reminded that there are some things that I still haven’t gotten around to replacing. Just last month I realized I still hadn’t invested in a pair of winter boots since the storm and felt it was time to splurge on a quality pair that will get me through many winters to come.