Friday, January 17, 2014

The Million Dollar Day

One of the items I decided was all wrong for me when I started clearing my closet for Project 333 was a long-sleeved gold sweater that I had purchased from Talbots in fall of 2012 during one of their online final sales. It probably didn't cost me more than $20. When I got it, it wasn't quite what I expected, but since it was on final clearance, I couldn't return it. I did alot of that with Talbots -- bought final clearence items for dirt cheap because of the name brand -- and most of my purchases ened up sitting in my closet because they were all wrong for me. In fact, I'm not sure I have more than 2 pairs of pants at most that I actually kept after one of my clearance frenzies. 

Anyway, I wore the sweater in December 2012 to one of my company's holiday parties, then put it away for the winter, and took it out again this past December for yet another holiday party. A coworker came up and told me how much she loved it, but after wearing it that day, I ended up hating it. It was too big on me, too hot, and just...too much. Since I knew I was never going to wear it again, I took it into the office and asked her if she wanted it. She didn't know what to say. She offered to pay me, but I told her absolutely not.

She wore it yesterday, and came over to my desk at 9 a.m. to tell me that four people had already stopped her to tell her they loved her sweater. And rightfully so, as she did it the justice that I never could. It looked like a different sweater on her and she looked beautiful. She thanked me again and said "I feel like a million bucks today." Which made me feel like a million bucks.

I can't even express what a wonderful feeling it was to have that happen. It will go down in history as one of my all-time greatest moments.

As I go through my clothes with P333, if there is something that I am wearing and I end up not loving it, I am getting rid of it. And if someone in work admires it, or if I think it might fit their personality, then it's theirs. Aside from giving away the sweater, I gave two scarves to another coworker who wears alot of navy. Considering I own only one thing in navy that I recently ate my way out of, I knew I'd never wear those scarves. She loves them and has since worn both of them.

This is really fun. I may very well end up giving someone the shirt off my back one day. Good thing I have a spare sweater in work to put on just in case...


  1. I was driving home one day when I saw a child wearing an identical pair of trousers to ones my daughters owned (they were VERY distinctive and bought in the US). She was playing on her bike with her friends and was having a ball. I suddenly realised they were my daughters' trousers as I had donated them to a charity shop a week or so ago. I was so pleased to see somebody else having fun in them.