Ever since Kelli and I held the on line sale a month or so ago on the blog I’ve had several email requests from blog readers who are asking that I collect 100% cotton shirts for them. It’s been a little bit hard….let me explain.
I had three places that I bought shirts from at great prices….one recently closed. Now I’m down to two places each are in opposite directions and both are a half hour away. If I go to the thrift store I have to search the entire store and MIGHT end up with 8 100% cotton shirts…occasionally I hit the jack pot and get 13 but typically it’s never more than that. I get to town about once a week now that I have to go to physical therapy. The thrift store that is in physical therapy town, isn’t open after physical therapy….so no shirts are bought on that trip to town…so I’ve gotten no shirts lately as I am not one to make unneeded trips to town.
When Kelli and I showed off a HUGE pile of shirts, we’ve likely shopped for them for several months. They don’t just “happen”. I think that many blog readers are under the illusion that the shops that I go to are HUGE mega stores and have racks and racks of shirts like a Savers or Goodwill store has. That is not the case. I look through one small rack of men’s clothes to find them.
There is a store where I can buy the shirts for $2 each but I typically don’t buy them as for me, that’s on the expensive side. I do buy them there if I am buying for me and am looking for a perfect color.
I’ve come across other problems when trying to help to people get shirts too….They want me to photograph the shirt before they buy them so they can pick and choose. I don’t have time for that. Then I have other people who want me to find 10 red shirts…um…that doesn’t work either. I’ve had some that want me to find only geometric prints and not stripes or plaids. I find geometrics RARELY…and when I do, I often keep them for myself.
I get people who tell me they only want to pay for extra large sized shirts so they get the most money for their buck. I understand that BUT…there are likely 10 shirts in the men’s extra large section and of them 7 are polo shirts-2 Tshirts and the one left isn’t 100% cotton.
I’ve had people tell me they want me collect Hawaiian shirts for them…..Ummm those are even fewer and further between. I’m lucky if I find a couple of them each year.
I’ve decided that from now on, I’ll likely be collecting shirts still but we are going to sell them outright as a lot. There will be no more picking and choosing and I won’t be doing special orders. No shirts will be collected and sold through email correspondence. Shirts will be sold on the blog by people bidding on them.
One more thing that people don’t realize is that yes, I can get the shirts cheap BUT I still paid the gas money and I still took my time to search to look for them. I also took the time to cut them apart. If I paid 25 cents for a shirt, in light of that, you aren’t going to be paying only 25 per shirt.
If you’ve been tempted to email me about shirts….please don’t. I’ll be sending out this reply to everyone. “Watch the blog. Shirts will be for sale there sometime in the future.” I started doing this last week and got a comment from someone that said well I don’t read your blog all the time. That one made me laugh….
So that’s where I am on collecting shirts. The shirts in the photo above show the last batch of shirts that were shipped out. Any other emails or correspondences regarding shirts will not be filled. Watch the blog. Shirts will be for sale sometime in the future…I will no longer be holding or collecting shirts for individuals.
I’m very sorry but as Hubby told me….at some point I do have to say no to something or it’s all going to drive me crazy trying to keep up with it all!!