I'm nothing if not a person of extremes. (Especially when I'm extremely moderate, but that's a musing for another time.) I often horde a lot of clothing, except for when I'm always purging my closet.
One of the reasons that I hold onto clothes for so long is that clothing, probably moreso than anything I own, reminds me of specific times in my life. For some people, photographs serve such a purpose. Me, clothes.
And so before I toss a few things in my latest closet purging frenzy, I'll try to share some of the stories behind the stuff. Like this one, a light blue tee with a simple graphic: "Keep Mum! The world has ears!"
Understand, I've always liked spy stories, so I laughed and immediately fell in love with this vintage poster being made into a t-shirt. Not only was it one of the very first things I ever ordered online, it was also my first experiences with print-on-demand commercial websites. The concept of print-on-demand was something revolutionary for me-- you could upload any design and order your own clothing? You could open up your own clothing-slash-print shop for anyone to order your own clothing?! My entrepreneur-sense was tingling-- and as this was the time I was still freelancing for a living, it seriously made me consider doing this as a side business.
Still, opening a side business is opening a side business, and however easy it might be with print-on-demand sites like Zazzle.com or Cafepress.com, it's never simple nor casual. The unfortunate side effect of being a person of extremes is that it's hard to stay constant, and some level of focus and constancy has always eluded me enough, making this one of those "yeah, I should do this someday, huh?" things.
Wearing this shirt was fun-- if people asked about it, I would put my finger to my lips and glance furtively from side to side. "I could tell you, but THEY might be listening." Wearing this shirt was always a reminder that "yeah, I should do this someday, huh," and was mildly inspirational in its own way.
But for now, it's just reminding me that I should clean out my closet someday.