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Besides the fact that I've gained weight since I bought my first purchased skirt in 1954, always called "my seventh grade skirt", I now can't wear skirts because I'm in an ankle brace due to a torn tendon (since August 2011). It's a grey plaid (with pink and white) pleated skirt that I wore through college with a crew-neck pink wool sweater my mother (now 97) bought in the late 1930's or early '40's. I remember walking into the local, small-town NJ store and just telling the clerk (wife of the owner and mother of my friend) to please charge it to my parents' "charge account." I don't remember even having one of the metal plates (much before plastic credit cards).
I have beaded and metal mesh evening purses from my grandmother which I have worn as recently as my late husband's daughter's wedding in 2000 and my retirement dinner in 2007. How many people have a collections of "hankies" from their mothers and/or grandmothers? And I have a beaded silk flapper dress from my grandmother, who died at almost 99 in 1988, that someday I hope to take to the Smithsonian and see if they want it. When I finally threw out my mother's 1940 wedding dress, I found, along with the pearl purse (which I've used, too), my baby dress, all brown. I boiled it in a solution of Oxi-Clean and it's like new.
I'm in the middle of cleaning out closets after living at the beach in DE for five years, before putting my large townhouse on the market. Some charity's going to get a windfall. Anyone interested in buying a great place to retire to CHEAP five minutes from the Atlantic and Delaware Bay?? You can have it for $100K less than I built it for! With a houseful of furniture! And DE doesn't tax retirement benefits or have any sales tax; my real estate taxes are $529/yr instead of $3K in MD. Talk about bargains . . . .