On getting rid of things, part II – of prom dresses and punch bowls

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I still have my prom dress.

I still have two of them actually, but the other one is a very basic and classic black crepe cocktail dress that still fits and no one is the wiser that it’s over 20 something years old – I was a practical, though still obnoxious, teen.

But I really don’t have a really good reason for keeping this one.

My prom wasn’t magical – my date wasn’t my teen heartthrob soul mate (though he was very nice guy), I don’t even remember the venue or the dinner, I’m sure too many country ballads were played followed by metal ones – especially the kind that had a confusing beat of neither slow nor fast, or started slow but ended fast…  And I’m pretty sure I was still suffering from an extended bout of mono, or pneumonia, or other disease that would have finished me off had it been a century earlier.

I remember getting the dress at a small department store, and it was certainly on sale – I wanted something vintage-looking, and I can’t remember why I didn’t actually wear vintage since I had a few 1950s party dresses, but maybe it was because I’d already worn them to other mediocre small-town high school dances?

I considered myself of the counter culture and was non-conformist, so I’m not sure why I didn’t go in drag – I had a lovely old tuxedo from my great uncle Oscar and a sleek pair of grandpa’s wingtips that my freaky feet and lanky frame filled out sufficiently.  But I think I wanted to do something a little more classy – a little more normal – which was abnormal for me.  But then again, this was the ghastly time of the giant hair and jarringly bright, or sickeningly pastel colored gowns, so a black and white dress was different…

But, I’m wrong.

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Apparently, it’s damn close to the most popular prom dress of 1991 thanks to Beverly Hills 90210.

But, in my defense, I never saw the show, and I doubt many others in my ass-backward town did… And I think my dress was from the year before anyway?

So I’m not sure why I still have it, or what to do with it – it’s not the style of teens today, nor does it scream 1980s to allow for ironic wear – and simply dropping it off at the thrift store hasn’t happened. I don’t have the desire to wear it while vacuuming, or cut it up for a satiny small quilt, or buff the car with it, or line a dog’s crate, or wear it as a Halloween costume of myself in my youth, or save it in case one of the nephews might be inclined to wear it fabulously, or modify it in some way to make it acceptable formal wear again…

In the meantime, I’ve been using it as padding wound around an old punch bowl – something else I haven’t used in over a decade…

And an update to part I:

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I still haven’t decided whether or not to get rid of my print dictionaries, but I see that others have…

(And you gotta love a thrift store that actually categorizes their books!)

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2 responses to “On getting rid of things, part II – of prom dresses and punch bowls

  1. I enjoyed your post and can relate. 🙂

    I found a book on another blog called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and it was pretty darned amazing. It offers a completely different point of view on organizing. She says that organization experts are actually hoarding experts- something that I hadn’t considered before. I didn’t follow her recommendations to the letter but I did manage to clear out some closets and my attic. It was a revolutionary book to me.

    Love the prom dress! 🙂 You clearly have a great sense of style if your prom dress is wearable today. Mine was purple, short in the front and long in the back with lace and other nonsense. No way would I wear it today! lol. Not to mention that it would be about 3 sizes too small now.

    • Hah! Your dress sounds awesome in its day. And mine fit because I don’t need to stuff my bra to hold them up now… 🙂

      I can relate to this comment all too well:
      “organization experts are actually hoarding experts”
      And I’m finding it more and more disturbing how easy and acceptable it is to accumulate so much these days (not the least that I’m becoming an ace at cramming)!

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