Dear Readers. Ooohhhhh, Dear Readers. Retirement Yenta feels a little sentimental today. She is fighting the battle of the bulge — not her waistline, mind you, but the bulge of possessions growing in her home! As your dear Yenta was preparing to reduce some of her possessions by donating them, she came across a beloved dress from yesteryear. It was comfy. It WAS fashionable (at the time). It was beautiful. It got stained. Yes, dear Readers, as happens with many items of clothing, a little spill left a spot that would not get out…no matter how many times this Yenta invoked the “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” quote of Lady Macbeth, it just wouldn’t go and the cleaners had even less luck. So, RY placed the beloved dress on a hanger in the back of her closet. It sat for a few years. Today, RY pulled it out and thought, WHY? But, yet, RY couldn’t let it go. Then it dawned on RY. The phrase is Reduce, REUSE, and RECYCLE! That was the answer. This little Yenta was going to take that dress, cut out the damned spot, and she was going to recycle it into not only a new pillow, but also a perfect purse for a night on the town! That’s right, dear Readers, RY is getting her crafty on! A little snip her and a tuck there, a stitch here, a stitch there, and in time, delightful recycled fashions will be made out of her dress (minus the stain). It’s a great way to save a buck, and an even better way to save a sentimental, sassy sack dress from the 80s. Pillows and purses are not the only ways to recycle old clothing! RY loves this buzzfeed article that suggests (and links to great how-to directions) things such as a tee-shirt bath mat, tee-shirt bracelets, quilts, shopping totes, dog toys, bangles, and bowls all made from old clothing!
It’s not just for clothing. You can turn your books into a beautiful book-lamp!
Retirement Yenta wants you to save a buck and a memory or two. Don’t just reduce. Reuse and recycle. Turn your old into something new. RY guarantees you won’t feel blue.