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    2010 - 03.12

    If you are like most people, there is probably a black hole somewhere in your bedroom or laundry room where old clothes go to die. Maybe it’s the bottom of the pile of dirty laundry that sits in a corner of your room, or a hamper in the laundry room that you never sort through, but most of us own a number of clothes that we barely even think about. Throwing away clothes seems irresponsible, and the task of taking them to a Salvation Army might seem overwhelming, so they just sit, never being worn and taking up precious space.

    Your wallet and the environment will both benefit from reusing as many items as you possibly can. While some of them may end up not being salvageable, you will probably find that a lot of them can be reused.

    Although a black helmet purchased for a sport you no longer participate in, or a pair of jeans with a rip in the crotch may need to be thrown out, a little bit of creativity can make a lot of old items seem brand new. Here are a few tips.

    Knowing how to sew immediately puts you ahead of the curve. Even the most basic sewing knowledge can save a pair of jeans. Patches are a wonderful thing. An old favorite dress that you no longer wear or a blouse that has stretched out of shape can be worked back into your wardrobe as patched sewn onto other clothes.

    If you have an old denim skirt or a pair of jeans that has faded, try sewing or ironing on patches in strategic places. Wear it with some leather brown boots and a cute little t-shirt to create a brand new look.

    Mixing and matching in ways you have not done before is another great way to breathe new life into old clothes. This is where accessories can be extremely helpful. A large, colorful necklace or a leather watch can perk up an old solid-colored t-shirt or sweater that you have deemed too boring. An old disregarded item could become bright, comfortable and indispensable!

    Jewelry, scarves and leggings are essential tools for retooling a wardrobe. These items are often on sale, and even at full price they tend to cost less than a new dress or a shirt. They take up less space in drawers, so they are easier to store, and they can definitely help you give new life to old items.

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