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Title: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Yarnspinner on February 15, 2013, 11:20:09 PM
If I saw this on television I would laugh.  And I think I did handle it very graciously....but I am convinced I am never going to be rid of this thing no matter what.

Background:  Some ten years ago Hester gave me a T-Shirt she found in one of our local thrift stores. 
"I thought of you immediately," she said "because I thought it would be something you could wear when you are doing story hours at work."

The item in question:  an oversize neon green T-Shirt covered in sparkly jewels that accentuate the puffy paint picture of a kitty with a hair ribbon on the front.  Yes it's cute and yes, I am sure the little ones would have liked it if I was actually allowed to wear a big T-Shirt to work.  I DID wear it a couple of times on "special occasions" but the truth is:  I am not a fan of this T-shirt color nor the art style nor the fact that it reads "hand wash in cold, exclusive of all decoration."  Indeed, parts of the sparkly puffy paints were already peeling and cracking off the picture.  Eventually, I stuffed it in the back of my closet and there it has been for some nine years.

Recently I told all of my friends that I was going to start a massive declutter of my home as part of my effort to strip down to basics and that I would only be keeping things that were really really "me."  I went further and said "Guys, I am not throwing our friendships out, I am throwing out things that have accumulated around our friendships.  There is plenty of room for YOU, but I can't keep everything that has been part of it."  Everyone, including Hester, said "Good for you!" 

My January project was cleaning my closet.  In the course of cleaning...I found the shirt.  I decided it was time to let it go because, of course, everyone understood!  So I folded it up and tucked it in with five boxes of stuff I took to one of the local thrift stores.

So today, to thank me for doing some lettering work for her, Hester announced she had a surprise for me.  And she handed me a little box with a pretty set of earrings that were in my favorite shade of green.  THEN she hands me a bag and says  "I was at the thrift shop in (town) and when I saw this, I thought immediately of you!  It will be perfect for when you do story hours at work."

And to my horror, there was, yes, the neon green T-Shirt with the puffy kitty and glued on jewels all over the place.  And I smiled, ehellions , and commented on how perfect it was for story hours (which she knows I haven't been doing for oh, the last seven years) and I thanked her profusely and so on.  It's definitely the same shirt...the same puffy squiggles are still peeling away from the shirt.

And here's the question:  How the heck do I get rid of this thing?  My father suggested I mail it to him and he'll take it to a thrift shop in his area....but I can't help thinking it will somehow find its way back here and right back into my closet. 

I don't think she remembers gifting me with it before--she's not that sneaky  and she sounded genuine about thinking it was perfect.  (But the fact that she said almost verbatim what she said the first time, however genuine, bothers me.)  She added something about "If yu think it doesn't look right when you get it on, I suppose you can recycle it."  I almost bit through my tongue to keep from saying "Tried that already, didn't work."

I plan to keep it in my closet for a few months more and then try taking it to a thrift store nowhere near here.  Any advice to improve upon that?

(And yes, Hester is the friend who gifted another acquaintance with what was known as "the ugly plate."  Acquaintance drove across three county lines to find a thrift store where she could leave it, only to get a call from Hester a week later in which Hester said "I am in [thrift shop where ugly plate had been left] and I founjd an exact duplicate of the plate I gave you for Christmas!  Now you'll have two!"  As I recall Acquaintance claimed to have accidentally broken the first plate.....)
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: CrazyDaffodilLady on February 15, 2013, 11:24:46 PM
Machine wash in hot water, dry on high.  Oops.  Then throw the thing in the trash bin.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: snowdragon on February 15, 2013, 11:27:05 PM
Cut it up for rags.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: WillyNilly on February 15, 2013, 11:28:30 PM
Too bad the moment is past, because I think it would have been totally cool to bust out laughing and tell Hester at the time she gave it to you again that you were the one ho donated after she gave it to you yes ago (and that you had worn it a few times, but you no longer do story time and found the care instructions too laborious). 

For now I think you should donate it somewhere she won't find it again, and then repeat to her your idea of decluttering your life.  Make ure she knows you would prefer no gifts of physical things for now as you are purging.  Obviously pose the statements generically so she doesn't connect it to her gift though, something like "wow, I've made a  lot of progress and I'm loving it.  One of my goals is to try to not bring anything new into my home for the next 6 months and just use what i have.  No new clothes, no new knick-knacks, no new decor, just purge and repurpose - I have so much great stuff already!"
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Deetee on February 15, 2013, 11:47:30 PM
Oh but that is just too awesome. I would take the t-shirt and cut it up to make a hideous frame with her picture in it. She has the gift!
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: mmswm on February 15, 2013, 11:57:14 PM
If you're nowhere near South Florida, you would be welcome to mail to to me and I'll take it to a thrift shop here.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: MrsJWine on February 16, 2013, 12:01:38 AM
Why not just throw it away? The waste is negligible.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Sophie Jenkins on February 16, 2013, 12:01:42 AM
I'd just toss it. It doesn't sound like a shirt that many people would be interested in, and if the puff paint was cracking and peeling a decade ago, it's not work keeping around now.

 If she ever asks, you can tell her you wore it a couple times but retired it when you stopped doing storytime. It's true, after all.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: FOSTER on February 16, 2013, 12:02:27 AM
Is it illegal to throw things away now?
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: JoyinVirginia on February 16, 2013, 12:39:27 AM
T shirts make great cleaning rags. Cut the front off and throw it away. or throw the whole thing in the trash.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: DottyG on February 16, 2013, 12:50:52 AM
I'm with the others in asking why the trashcan isn't an option.

Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Kiwichick on February 16, 2013, 02:08:43 AM
You are way over thinking this, just throw it out. Why one earth would you think a hideous ratty 10 year old top is worth recycling?
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: HenrysMom on February 16, 2013, 09:25:10 AM
I'd cut it into small pieces, then, when you go out on errands, put a piece in every garbage can in town.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Shoo on February 16, 2013, 09:43:33 AM
That shirt would have been in the trash a long time ago!
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: kudeebee on February 16, 2013, 09:44:40 AM
I would throw it out at the next trash day. If Hester  asks where it is tell her the paint cracked off and it couldn't be fixed, which is true. I wouldn't keep it for any length of time.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: missanpan on February 16, 2013, 09:49:14 AM
Honestly, I would donate it in a different location just to see if she would find it again and buy it for me.  Otherwise, I think you should just throw it away.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Craftymom on February 16, 2013, 09:57:30 AM
Cut it up and use it in that marshmallow roast you NEED to have this week?

No?
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 16, 2013, 09:58:59 AM
Cut it up and use it in that marshmallow roast you NEED to have this week?

No?

I was thinking it was time for a really big bonfire, myself.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: jedikaiti on February 16, 2013, 10:00:37 AM
Ship it to your Dad for donation. If it makes its way back to you, start shipping it to random eHellions for donation. I'll sign up for that list!
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Luci on February 16, 2013, 10:12:38 AM
If it was cracked and peeling when you got it, it wasn't worth recycling the first time! Toss it.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: magicdomino on February 16, 2013, 11:52:28 AM
Cat bed
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: KenveeB on February 16, 2013, 11:56:46 AM
If it was cracked and peeling when you got it, it wasn't worth recycling the first time! Toss it.

This. Not everything has to be donated. If it's in bad condition, throw it away!
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: gramma dishes on February 16, 2013, 12:03:20 PM
I'd cut it into small pieces, then, when you go out on errands, put a piece in every garbage can in town.

I love this idea.

But I have visions of Hester someday in the future presenting a bag of scraps to the OP saying "Guess what I found!!"   ;D

Seriously though, throw the darned thing away.  No one would buy it at the thrift store anyway -- except Hester, of course.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: jpcher on February 16, 2013, 12:33:29 PM
Too bad the moment is past, because I think it would have been totally cool to bust out laughing and tell Hester at the time she gave it to you again that you were the one ho donated after she gave it to you yes ago (and that you had worn it a few times, but you no longer do story time and found the care instructions too laborious).

I agree with this.

Would it be in bad form to donate it back to the same thrift store just to see if Hester will buy it again? (At least the thrift store will be making money off of it!)
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: cheyne on February 16, 2013, 12:49:10 PM
While the story is hilarious, I am wondering why you didn't throw the shirt out in the first place?  I know that many people think everything should be recycled, but this is ridiculous.

I used to shop the charity stores for chore clothes about 20 years ago.  People who shop charity stores want nice, neat, wearable clothing just like those who can afford to shop in regular stores.  Not ratty, falling apart, ugly t-shirts that are ten years old.  I believe it's not a donation if you [general] give something that you wouldn't wear yourself or is in poor condition. All you are doing then is having the charity take out your trash.

If you can't bring yourself to throw it out in it's entirety, cut the front off and use the rest for cleaning rags.  Please don't "donate" it again.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: susku on February 16, 2013, 01:14:30 PM
Hey, I recycle everything and even I would throw that t-shirt in the bin.  ;)
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: MurPl1 on February 16, 2013, 01:40:07 PM
This totally reminds me of a song/video that DH loves

The cat came back... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bETCusT5kNM

And the fact that it's got a kitty on it is perfect!
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: delabela on February 16, 2013, 02:32:21 PM
Ship it to your Dad for donation. If it makes its way back to you, start shipping it to random eHellions for donation. I'll sign up for that list!

This! Let's see how much fate really wants you to have that t shirt! 
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: TootsNYC on February 16, 2013, 02:43:26 PM
Ship it to your Dad for donation. If it makes its way back to you, start shipping it to random eHellions for donation. I'll sign up for that list!

This! Let's see how much fate really wants you to have that t shirt!

I'd do this! I might even donate it to the very same shop, just to mess with Hester's mind.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Bijou on February 16, 2013, 03:12:50 PM
I think the end to this story is that you take all the jewels off of it and put them in a baggie to donate to the thrift store for a crafter to buy.  Then you see a local news story breaking on television that a local woman purchased a little baggie of costume jewels for her crafting and one of them turned out to be a giant ruby worth six million dollars.  This woman's name?  Hester. 
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Lady Godiva on February 16, 2013, 03:38:38 PM
This reminds me of the song called "The Cat Came Back," where the unwanted cat keeps returning, even to the end of the world.

But the Cat came back
The very next day,
We thought he was a goner,
But the Cat came back (wearing a green tee shirt with puffy paint and sparkles on it)
He just wouldn't stay away!
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: athersgeo on February 16, 2013, 04:49:21 PM
While the story is hilarious, I am wondering why you didn't throw the shirt out in the first place?  I know that many people think everything should be recycled, but this is ridiculous.

I used to shop the charity stores for chore clothes about 20 years ago.  People who shop charity stores want nice, neat, wearable clothing just like those who can afford to shop in regular stores.  Not ratty, falling apart, ugly t-shirts that are ten years old.  I believe it's not a donation if you [general] give something that you wouldn't wear yourself or is in poor condition. All you are doing then is having the charity take out your trash.

If you can't bring yourself to throw it out in it's entirety, cut the front off and use the rest for cleaning rags.  Please don't "donate" it again.

Actually, charity shops (at least in the UK) can make quite a bit of money out of clothing that they can't sell I their shops by sending it for rags. I can't remember what it is per  kilo of rags, but it's not an inconsiderable sum (comparatively speaking), so it's not entirely without merit to donate stuff that is only fit for...well...rags. That said, check first with your shop of choice to make sure they can actually do that.

They can also make money out of non saleable books, too. Though, again, it's worth double checking that before you land someone with a complete set of 1960s encyclopaedias!

And on that note, I know a charity shop manager who'd be delighted to help you out, Yarnspinner - and I KNOW Hester couldn't get it back to you if you sent it here!

*wanders off humming the cat came back*
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Yarnspinner on February 16, 2013, 05:04:46 PM
You guys are so much fun.  I was actually thinking of The Cat Came Back myself when I first posted.

Rereading, I see  I made the shirt sound a lot rattier than it is...when I said the paint is peeling, it is, but it's the edges lifting up.  I made it sound like it is falling apart in chunks. Iit still looks quite presentable when I am holding it up and I was actually surprised when I first saw it until I recognized the spots where the paint was lifting away.  Sorry about my runaway descriptions.  It's the sort of thing a young teen (my niece comes to mind) would snatch up in a heart beat to wear with leggings.  The material is thick and good...it's the "I cannot clean this without destroying the thing" that is a problem.  I DID wash it in cold water and that's when the paint cracked and, oh, did I mention the ribbon rosettes that ran a bit and got limp?    But it still looks too good to gointo the trash.

A friend two towns over offered to take it to her thrift shop and I told her that was impossible as I know the stores in that town are all on Hester's must visit list.  I just reread what I wrote above.  Hmmmmmm.  I happen to know a preteen with a sparkle fetish who loves oversized T-Shirts.........
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Amava on February 16, 2013, 05:15:51 PM
It's the sort of thing a young teen (my niece comes to mind) would snatch up in a heart beat to wear with leggings. 
The solution seems obvious, then... Give it to niece.

ETA and I shouldn't have skipped over your last paragraph before posting. XD
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Post by: auntmeegs on February 16, 2013, 07:21:04 PM
You guys are so much fun.  I was actually thinking of The Cat Came Back myself when I first posted.

Rereading, I see  I made the shirt sound a lot rattier than it is...when I said the paint is peeling, it is, but it's the edges lifting up.  I made it sound like it is falling apart in chunks. Iit still looks quite presentable when I am holding it up and I was actually surprised when I first saw it until I recognized the spots where the paint was lifting away.  Sorry about my runaway descriptions.  It's the sort of thing a young teen (my niece comes to mind) would snatch up in a heart beat to wear with leggings.  The material is thick and good...it's the "I cannot clean this without destroying the thing" that is a problem.  I DID wash it in cold water and that's when the paint cracked and, oh, did I mention the ribbon rosettes that ran a bit and got limp?    But it still looks too good to gointo the trash.

A friend two towns over offered to take it to her thrift shop and I told her that was impossible as I know the stores in that town are all on Hester's must visit list.  I just reread what I wrote above.  Hmmmmmm.  I happen to know a preteen with a sparkle fetish who loves oversized T-Shirts.........

Nope, sorry, still totally not getting why you don't just throw it out.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: sparksals on February 16, 2013, 08:18:56 PM
We were at a party a few weeks ago that had a white elephant.  One woman got back the same gift she  brought last year!  LOL  I told her to bring it back next year to see who gets it next.  It was a Yankee Candle lamp with poinsettas on it.   
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Post by: caz on February 16, 2013, 09:07:08 PM
Photo??
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Post by: MorgnsGrl on February 16, 2013, 09:49:49 PM
Throw it away. If she ever asks, say it suffered a laundry accident, and maybe add that shirts decorated with that puffy paint stuff don't seem to survive laundering very well.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: MerryCat on February 16, 2013, 11:14:11 PM
Photo??

I was just going to post this. I'm not sure we can correctly advise you without witnessing the shirt's kittenosity.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Nuala on February 17, 2013, 09:51:39 AM
Oh, Lily!

I like the suggestion of giving it to niece if it would fit her, but if you do decide to destroy it, I advise cutting it into pieces, burning the pieces, and then mixing the ashes with water.

If it comes back after that, name it Rasputin and hang it back in the closet.
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Post by: EveLGenius on February 17, 2013, 01:11:05 PM
My cousin has a theory that every person on Earth actually does have a superpower, it's just that some are more useful than others.  Between the cat shirt and the ugly dish, I believe you've identified your friend's superpower- she's Bad Penny Finder!  She can make unwanted items turn up again and again and again, no matter the effort to get rid of them.

Whatever you do to the shirt, be prepared to get it back again!

And just think- that superpower can be extremely useful.  Get her to introduce a bill in Congress just to see what happens. :)
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Kaora on February 17, 2013, 02:01:48 PM
I have a game that I've been trying to get rid of for 10 years.  Maybe it can join your shirt :P

(My most recent effort was putting it in the family's box for donations to the Thrift Shop.  After the box went out, I looked down and, to my horror, the game was on the floor! ... I think BF might have taken it out to be nice, but no one has actually owned that they've done it yet.  I've asked, for curiosity.)
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Yarnspinner on February 17, 2013, 08:15:50 PM
Okay, I need to come clean about the shirt.  It's not green and it doesn't have a kitten on it.  I'd post a picture if I had a digital camera but I don't, so, you are going to have to take my word for this.

I didn't want to describe it as it really is because who knows who reads this, but as Hester doesn't even have email and can't navigate a computer if she tried (this woman is a totally awesome nurse and what she doesn't know about science and health isn't worth knowing, but hand her a computer or a cell phone and watch her go crazy)...so I am going to go ahead and describe the REAL shirt.

It's pink.  And, surprisingly, it is even big for sixty pounds overweight me.  Did I mention it is the color of pepto bismol?  The scene on the front is actually attractive:  it's a white carousel horse adorned in blue and green jewels (and yes, it is painted in puffy, sparkly paint).  There are half a dozen ribbon rosettes, not to mention lots of sparkly gold puffy paint swished around the horse to make a background.  There are dots of purple sparkly puff paint as accents and some of them have pretty little jewels set in them.

The sparkly gold bits are lifting away from the material (which is some of the nicest t-shirt material I have ever seen--it's thick and would be actually cozy if it wasn't for all the fol-de-ral on the front.  I can see why some folks think it's attractive (When I first had it, I thought so too until we got to that pesky "washing" thing.)

Hester thought it would be good for me to wear when I get the odd story telling job outside of work.  Thing is, one of the first rules of story telling is that, while your clothing may be striking, it should not be distracting.  This freakin' horse is all but hypnotic.

My Dad suggested I send it to niece since she is horse crazy and loves pink, so I think that is what I will do.  She can probably run it into the ground faster than I can cut it up.  THEN we will see if it gets back to me.

Hester is famous for her used gift giving and for finding things that COULD be right for someone if they just weren't so....off. 

As an example, when I was in college (about a thousand years ago, before I knew Hester) I wrote a storybook for a children's lit class.  The story involved a frog.  For years after that, my family would always try to find some small frog shaped item for me as a gag.  (My parents also always bought me a doll every year until I finally rebelled in my thirties.) 

Some years after I met Hester, I told the story of the frog as people were wondering about several frog ornaments in my home.  After that...let's just say I have lots of OTHER frog shaped ornaments in my home.

I have stuffed bears wearing Dickens' clothing because Hester knew that I really liked the novel Grat Expectations.  And then there is the herbal book, signed by the author....to someone else.  That would have been fine with me, I love having old books that were autographed and dedicated to the original person who bought the book.  However, Hester whited out the original owner's name and wrote mine in instead. 

Her friends love her,  she had a heart the size of Texas and the kindness of ten good samaratins,  but, oh, how we wish her family had been able to break her of the shopping at thrift stores habit...she is about one more box away from being a hoarder and some of this gift giving is her trying to clean her home out. 

Another funny story (since this is turning into true confessions) is that my favorite Harry Potter character is Hermione.  Armed with this knowledge, both Hester and another friend bought me the same statuette of Hermione one Christmas.  I gave one away and kept one and both of them think it's the one they gave me....

Thanks for your advice and the other funny stories....maybe we should have a white elephants' thread for other tales.....
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Sophie Jenkins on February 17, 2013, 08:57:01 PM
How old is the niece? Even with the accurate description, it seems like something a teenager would be unwilling to wear in public these days.

I'm still on team Just Toss It. It's one old t-shirt.
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Post by: stargazer on February 17, 2013, 11:15:15 PM
How old is the niece? Even with the accurate description, it seems like something a teenager would be unwilling to wear in public these days.

I'm still on team Just Toss It. It's one old t-shirt.

I agree.  It sounds like something no teen would be caught dead in, and if it's large on you by your standards, if your niece is any smaller she'd be swimming in it.  Just toss it.  It really is that easy.
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Post by: Amava on February 18, 2013, 12:21:08 AM
How old is the niece? Even with the accurate description, it seems like something a teenager would be unwilling to wear in public these days.

I'm still on team Just Toss It. It's one old t-shirt.

I agree.  It sounds like something no teen would be caught dead in, and if it's large on you by your standards, if your niece is any smaller she'd be swimming in it.  Just toss it.  It really is that easy.

Well we haven't even seen the shirt and we can't look into this particular teen's mind. I say, show the shirt to the niece and take her cue.
Her face will probably tell you all you need to know. Either "What the heck is that??" or "Awesome!"
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Post by: Editeer on February 18, 2013, 03:15:34 PM
Do you and Hester have several mutual friends? If so, perhaps you can give the shirt to one of them, and she can wear it once to a visit with Hester, and then regift it to another mutual friend, who will do the same, and so on, passing it around among all of Hester's friends . . .
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Post by: VorFemme on February 18, 2013, 03:28:33 PM
Oversized t-shirts are great for sleeping in.......just saying what I might do.....if I were either Yarnspinner or her niece!
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Post by: gramma dishes on February 18, 2013, 03:30:30 PM
Oversized t-shirts are great for sleeping in.......just saying what I might do.....if I were either Yarnspinner or her niece!

I often sleep in them too, but I have a feeling all those big jewels might be somewhat less than comfortable digging into your flesh all night.   :-\
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Post by: DottyG on February 18, 2013, 03:39:42 PM
Still with the others on Team Toss It - even after the updated information.

Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Yarnspinner on February 18, 2013, 04:37:51 PM
I related the story to a friend of mine who said "Oh, I remember that shirt!  It really wasn't you.  And I remember how you couldn't get it clean!"  She went on to suggest that, as we will be having our girls' weekend this summer that I save the shirt, wear it to the girl's weekend  as--what else--a night shirt--wherever we go and the four of us can toast it with champagne as I toss it into the hotel's waste baskets before we leave.

I kind of like the idea.

My niece is eleven and still enough of a kid that if something is sparkly she thinks it's just awesome.  We'll see what happens.
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: afbluebelle on February 18, 2013, 06:19:56 PM
If you really want it dead, ship it to me... I'll wear it on my Tough Mudder and it will die for a good cause ;D
Title: Re: The Gift Came Back: Am I Stuck With This Forever? Long and Silly....
Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 18, 2013, 08:16:33 PM
If you really want it dead, ship it to me... I'll wear it on my Tough Mudder and it will die for a good cause ;D

Now that is a great idea!