I cannot remember the last time I purchased socks. One day I realized that I owned far too many pairs and decided not to purchase any more until the ones I owned wore out.
It is finally starting to happen.
This morning I grabbed a pair out of my bin to discover that both socks contained holes. As I examined them I realized that I could read my computer screen through the heel of the pair.
It is finally time to let them go.
It is amazing to think that I’ve owned a pair of socks for close to a decade. If a pair of cheap socks will last that long, why do we so frequently purchase new?
More importantly, what else are we discarding before it reaches the true end of its life?
This makes me wonder just how long it will be before I wear out the clothes I currently own. In the months since I placed a moratorium on clothing acquisitions, my wardrobe has barely budged.
How much of what we’ve been spending on clothes has been a waste of money? I mean, if a pair of socks can last a decade, how long will a tee-shirt or a pair of jeans hold up if we resist the urge to replace them?
Heck, I’ve got a zip-up hoodie here that I purchased back in the early 2000’s and it’s still going strong.
So why are we still buying clothes if our closets are overflowing and the ones we already own are still functional?
It’s definitely something to think about.
What’s the oldest item of clothing that you own and still wear? Please share your stories in the comments below.