100 lb. Club - What do you do with clothes that are too big?




Underwater
04-23-2012, 03:29 AM
Do you box them up and store them? Donate them as soon as they are too big?

I'm at the point where I can't wear any of the clothes I wore 35 lbs ago- woo hoo! Now I'm faced with a decision as I need to make room in my drawers for new clothes- keep or donate? This is easily $500-600 worth of clothes. I went through my pants today and have at least a dozen pairs of jeans and pants that are too big and maybe 6 business casual shirts.

Does anyone here live in the SF Bay Area and want some size 22 clothes? If I couldn't find someone to give them to, I'd donate them to Goodwill or box then up and hide them away "just in case." (Although "just in case" makes me feel terrible that I'd even consider the thought that I could gain the weight back. However- it did happen before...)


ValRock
04-23-2012, 03:44 AM
I donate mine as soon as they get too big. That way I don't have any excuses for backsliding. If my jeans don't fit, there's nothing to do but get more serious about my efforts... or be naked haha!

DO NOT keep them "just in case" There is no just in case!!! You can do it!

Arctic Mama
04-23-2012, 03:50 AM
I am giving some away, and others I am selling on eBay to fund new clothes. I have some gorgeous once-worn evening gowns or $150 bras, for example, that I could recoup a fair sum of money on and that would supplement my current wardrobe :)


dakotamidnight
04-23-2012, 07:05 AM
I sell mine in yard sales - since I buy from thrift shops fairly cheaply, I can normally come close to getting my money back out of them.

Some things I just take up the waists - like gathered skirts. It's easy to take those up with just a little elastic.

PghGal
04-23-2012, 08:26 AM
I donate mine to Goodwill. I also have a co-worker who is the size I had been, and she had mentioned she wanted a few of my shirts when they became too large, so I have passed a few things on to her.

Get rid of all of them!! Don't look back. It's very tempting to keep your old things, "just in case" ... but at the end of the day, I can't/won't give myself an easy out. I want to make it as inconvenient as possible, which will incentivize me to keep the weight off PERMANENTLY. :)

Martine
04-23-2012, 09:42 AM
It depends on the clothes. Most I donate, but if there's a piece I really like, I have it adjusted by a seamstress. Often that will cost less than buying all new clothes, and since I hate clothes shopping (maybe that will change over time as I lose weight), it's much less hassle to keep what I have and have it adjusted.

ghlover
04-23-2012, 09:43 AM
I take it to the seamstress asap to have them adjusted to my new body, and i always remind myself that I am never going back there

guacamole
04-23-2012, 09:48 AM
I donate them to charity. One type of clothing that I don't know what to do with is old underwear. I have a huge bag of old panties and bras that I am uncertain what to do with. Should I put the bag in a donation drop-off box? Do people buy used underwear at charity shops? While I do buy second hand clothing, I personally would not buy used underwear. Should I throw them away?

SugarRomeoTango4852
04-23-2012, 09:48 AM
I wish I had some good advice but I was kinda dumb about mine. I gave all mine away without replacing them (I am broke!). In my mind, apparently, new clothes would magically appear in my closet as I lost weight.

Trust me, it doesn't work that way. I am down to 5 outfits until I can find some money for new clothes!

So if you have the cash to buy a new wardrobe, I saw get rid of them. If not, invest in belts. =)
Good Luck!

juliana77
04-23-2012, 10:14 AM
I donate. The problem is that I save them up for the school rummage sale, so I have a veritable mountain of bagged clothes right now. I will have to take a pic, it is crazy. Luckily I can finally drop them all off next week!!!

I did give my mom a few bags of things when I passed her size. I feel weird about asking coworkers if they want any.

berryblondeboys
04-23-2012, 10:18 AM
I donate most (remember to get tax receipts to help with taxes the upcoming year). I have given some to friends who were in the sizes I was in and now that I have a few pieces that are in a 12 or so that I really like, I might have a few altered down to whatever size I end up - between an 8-10 most likely.

toastedsmoke
04-23-2012, 10:31 AM
I still have my clothes from 275 lbs clogging up my closet and 2 large suitcases so that I mostly live out of a suitcase or a tiny portion of closet that I can fit my current clothes into. Basically I had too many clothes to start with apparently. Don't hold on to the old clothes. I'd have given these clothes away AGES ago but my cousin insists she wants them and has begged me to hold on to them for her (2years and counting...) Yeah I might just bite the bullet and donate them to a food cause. Sorry, coz.

sontaikle
04-23-2012, 11:00 AM
I gave some away but the vast majority are still in my room. I've been too lazy to get rid of them!

I'm really, really bad at keeping my room clean (I'm a borderline hoarder, I think...) but my parents gave me a deadline to get it all done and out by Sunday so I have to get moving! Eep!

I contacted someone at the BigFatFlea here in NY because they have a giant flea market and sell used plus size clothes real cheap (and I have quite a lot. I was the same size for a number of years) and someone in my area was supposed to get back to me but they never did. I guess I'll donate them somewhere else.

Steph7409
04-23-2012, 11:27 AM
While I agree that, psychologically, it's probably best to get rid of the big clothes, I've been down this road more than twice so I'm a little wary. I donated a lot to Goodwill (guac, I tossed the undies). I still have a few tubs of bigger clothes, mostly dresses that would be difficult to replace - but I'm telling myself I'll get rid of them in a year. I have a big closet for storage so it's not a space problem at the moment.

Goddess Jessica
04-23-2012, 01:53 PM
If I love it, I get it altered. Almost ALL my dresses, I do this to.
If I love it, and it's amazing but it doesn't look good on me anymore, I try consignment.

The rest, I give away.

I have given a huge amount of my clothes to Goodwill. I try giving them to people but mostly I have encountered people who don't want to admit what size they so if I say, "Hey I have some size XYZ clothes," no one admits they are that size.

The sad thing is that I've been buying new clothes because I've lost enough weight that I had to do that to be presentable at work. And not that I'm complaining but now I have to buy more clothes because those clothes are too big. I know I should check Goodwill but I usually can't find anything that fits me.

I may have to take Arctic Mama's advice and try ebay.

Oh and Steph7409 - I got rid of all my plus size clothes right before I got pregnant. Talk about dumb. :)

linJber
04-23-2012, 02:49 PM
GIVE THEM AWAY OR SELL THEM! Don't keep any clothes that are too big.

I altered a few things myself. I gave everything else away. One of my daughter's friends was about the same size as I was. She took most of it, even some relatively new bras, and after sorting what she wanted, she gave the rest to her Church's "women's program." They help low income women get jobs, offer support, etc.

Underpants got thrown away or used once to clean the bathroom and then tossed.

There is no option but to maintain now. I have no clothes except those that fit.

Lin

Vex
04-23-2012, 03:04 PM
Donated - except for one pair of my biggest size jeans that I can look at when I'm at goal.

kaplods
04-23-2012, 03:27 PM
For the most part, I wear them until they look ridiculous and/or until I can find affordable replacements at garage sales, thrift stores, discount stores, clearance racks, or I break down and have to pay full price.

Right now I have only one pair of jeans and one other pair of pants that fit well (both of which I bought recently at Goodwill). I also have one pair of stretch jeans that are still too tight to wear (I ordered them online at a ridiculously low clearance price, so when I found out they were too tight I just saved them for when they do fit). The rest of my jeans and pants are so loose they're just about falling off.

Tops are a bit more forgiving, so I wear them longer. If they're not good enough to donate, I use them as night shirts or to slip over my clothes when I'm painting, cooking or doing other messy craft projects.

Everything that is in good enough shape to sell/donate I take to consignment shops. Anything the consignment shops don't sell, I donate.

If it weren't for the consigment shops, I'd be up a crick, because our budget is too tight for me to buy new clothes at full price.

Right now I wear about a size 28/30 depending on the style for bottoms and about a 26/28 for tops. If I check the local consignment and thrift stores at least once a week, I end up being able to buy most of my clothes at thrift stores (and the occasional online purchase from BCOutlet.com).

We just got back from Goodwill today. I didn't find anything in my size that I liked, but I did notice that (as usual) there were a lot of nice clothing in size 26 and smaller. I only need to lose a little more and I'll be able to replace my too-big clothes much sooner.

mariposssa
04-23-2012, 04:34 PM
Every fall we have a garage sale and last time I lost 50lbs I got rid of a lot of my "fat" clothes. Plus size clothes sell really well here. But, when I gained most of it back I was kind of regretting that decision. I got rid of all my 20s especially jeans and capri jeans and all but 1 pair of jeans and capris in size 18. I was wearing mostly 14s and a few 16s at the time. I guess it was okay because I had too much to start with and when I gained back and the one pair of 18 jeans and capris got too tight. I had to do something about it. It was either wear (badly fitting) sweats, yoga pants, and pajama pants nonstop or lose weight. I can already wear the 16s again and the 18s are starting to get big, but still okay with a belt. So, I am not ready to get rid of anything yet.

I am getting a new sewing machine soon. So, I have been collecting tutorials (simple ones.) They make it look so easy online, but I am not so sure about my skills. Here is one that looks easy. http://www.andreasteed.com/node/1266

I also like turning your shirts into other things...there are some fun ideas in this thread. http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/looking-good-feeling-great/256597-ideas-t-shirts-too-big-now.html

Goddess Jessica
04-23-2012, 05:41 PM
Mariposssa - LOVE that link to make a fitted t-shirt. I am going to have to try it out! Thanks!

missphalange
04-23-2012, 05:51 PM
*high five* on your progress!

I take mine to a resale/consignment shop. That is also where I buy some smaller clothes, as well!

mariposssa
04-23-2012, 09:32 PM
Mariposssa - LOVE that link to make a fitted t-shirt. I am going to have to try it out! Thanks!

I hope it is as easy as it looks. Between me, hubby, and the two teens; I have an endless supply of big, sloppy tshirts in every size and color of the rainbow to use for practice. If I ever run out of those hubby works at several marathons during the summer. The runners toss clothes everywhere as they get hot. They end up with bags and bags full to donate. I am the one who gets to wash and send them to Goodwill...or cutting, altering, and while I practice sewing if I wanted. :)

Arctic Mama
04-23-2012, 09:51 PM
GIVE THEM AWAY OR SELL THEM! Don't keep any clothes that are too big.

I altered a few things myself. I gave everything else away. One of my daughter's friends was about the same size as I was. She took most of it, even some relatively new bras, and after sorting what she wanted, she gave the rest to her Church's "women's program." They help low income women get jobs, offer support, etc.

Underpants got thrown away or used once to clean the bathroom and then tossed.

There is no option but to maintain now. I have no clothes except those that fit.

Lin

You nailed it, Lin! I don't save any bigger clothes except my very first pair of jeans from '08, in a size 22 (which were impossibly tight, I should have been in a 24) and one shirt from the same era, for comparisons and remembering the journey. But the minute something is too big I box it up to either give away or sell, so I never have an excuse to do anything but maintain or lose more. It has worked splendidly :)

linJber
04-23-2012, 11:23 PM
I should add that I, too, like many of you, saved my biggest jeans for a reminder. the rest are gone, gone, gone.

Lin

berryblondeboys
04-23-2012, 11:32 PM
Mariposssa - LOVE that link to make a fitted t-shirt. I am going to have to try it out! Thanks!

Agreed = might have to try that one!

SmallSteps
04-23-2012, 11:49 PM
I give mine to a couple of friends at work who are dieting also but are larger than me, then she passes them on to someone else and so on.