Sentimental heart

I am not a hoarder. In fact, I think I tend toward the opposite extreme, getting rid of great swaths of stuff in fits of cleaning energy. This is especially true of clothes - my closet has a pretty high turnover rate. This is one of the things I love about buying inexpensive, secondhand clothes - I can gamble on something I'm not sure of, and if it doesn't work out, back to the thrift/consignment store it goes without me feeling too guilty about money going down the drain. 

But I am stumped when it comes to garments that hold some sentimental value. I have a storage bag of clothes in my room right now that includes some of the few pieces of clothing I still own from when I was in high school - a tattered T-shirt, a beat-up hoodie, a pathetic pair of sneakers. What am I saving these clothes for? I don't know. I just know that they have outlived their usefulness, and the thought of putting them into the garbage can is more than I can bear. 

Now I'm facing another difficult decision. My wedding shoes are dying. 

When my husband and I got married six years ago, we kept things pretty low-key. My "wedding dress" was a white vintage dress from eBay; my shoes were a $45 pair of brown spectator pumps. Only the second pair of high heels I ever bought, these shoes proved comfortable and versatile enough that I have worn them nearly every week since my wedding. And I'm amazed they have held up this long, but they are finally giving up the ghost. The narrow piece of elastic at the end of the ankle strap is frayed almost to the breaking point. I can't quite see how to repair it, and I'm scared to wear them for fear that they will break completely. 

So, what to do with these very sentimental but not functional shoes? I don't know. If I were the crafty type, I would probably put them into some sort of shadow box with souvenirs from our wedding. But let's be honest, I'm not that person. Shoving them into the back of my closet doesn't seem like the best option either. So, I'm stumped. 

What do you do with your sentimental clothing? 


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