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What do you do with your old ("fat") clothes?

I just went through everything and have about 20 items to be altered (I'm down about 2 sizes - just needed to lose ~15 lbs) and dropped a TON of other clothes off at Goodwill. I can't imagine what my alterations bill is going to look lke, but all the clothes I'm taking in are for business (e.g., presumably a lot more expensive to replace vs. alter). What do you do?

Mon. Aug 6, 1:54pm

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I lost 50 pounds and ended up with a lot of clothes that just wouldn't fit anymore, including some really nice suit jackets.

I sorted my clothes into 3 piles-

Pile 1- stuff that was way too big and just did not fit at all or was not something that got worn often.

Pile 2- stuff that was too big but would do until such time as it could be replaced with something of a more appropriate size, or was worn frequently enough that I couldn't get rid of it until a replacement could be found.

Pile 3- Stuff where fit wasn't as much of an issue- t-shirts, dress shirts, etc.

Pile one went straight to Goodwill and comprised about half of my wardrobe. Piles 2 and 3 went back into the closet, slowly getting replaced as I had the time/money/desire to shop for new clothes.

It really sucked for about 3 months when it felt like I had no clothes at all, but it didn't take too long to replace the missing items.

My wife and I joked that as problems go, it's a heck of a lot better than having all my clothes be too tight...

Monday, August 06, 2007, 2:06 PM

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I would try to alter as many of the business clothes as you can afford, becuase you are right, they would be more expensive to replace.
I take my clothes to the Goodwill too. I like to think that the clothes that are too big for me now, might be used by a woman who just needs a few articles of clothing to get her through a transtion time when she does not want to spend a ton of money, until she gets to her goal weight too!

Monday, August 06, 2007, 2:07 PM

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Keep them, you will probably put the weight back on.

Monday, August 06, 2007, 2:53 PM

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Every time I drop a size, I take those larger clothes to Goodwill and then go to a good used clothing store to buy the next smaller size. Such fun!

Monday, August 06, 2007, 3:01 PM

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2:53 is a pissy pants

Monday, August 06, 2007, 3:07 PM

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I'd like to say that man, 2:53 is sure being negative, but the realistic part of my mind says they're probably right sometimes! Unfortunately a lot of people do put weight back on but that's no reason to be pessimistic.

I got rid of all my bigger clothes the first time I lost weight, and now that I'm on the weight loss path again (due to pregnancy), it's good that I don't have any big clothes. My goal is to get into my pre-pregnancy clothes, and I'm not spending lots of good money on clothes when I have a closet full of great clothes! So don't be afraid of getting rid of your 'fat' clothes, it can be a good motivator! Although I did keep one pair of fat jeans just to remember how far I've come.

Monday, August 06, 2007, 5:03 PM

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I get rid of them on freecycle. It's an internet comunity, every city has one, where people post if they have something to give away or want to keep things out of the dump that other people might need/can use. It's great. i got rid of some of my maternity clothes and picked up a like-new highchair that didn't even look like it had been used.

Monday, August 06, 2007, 6:45 PM

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I sell mine on eBay. I buy mostly expensive brands, and it costs me a lot to replace them as I lose weight, so this lets me offset some of the expense while giving someone else a fantastic bargain on some great clothes.

Monday, August 06, 2007, 6:54 PM

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Try to find a consignment store that trades clothes like Plato's Closet. Plato's Closet takes mostly "juniors" but I know there are a lot of privately owned similar places. I just traded a bunch of old clothes for cute "new" ones!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 12:01 AM

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Try to find a consignment store that trades clothes like Plato's Closet. Plato's Closet takes mostly "juniors" but I know there are a lot of privately owned similar places. I just traded a bunch of old clothes for cute "new" ones!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 12:01 AM

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