WordPress Daily Prompt: 19 May

Daily writing prompt
What’s the oldest things you’re wearing today?

I’m a Second Hand Rose, I spend most of my time at home interacting with pets so why dress up?

Considering that I am basically lazing around the house today the things I am wearing are not as old as usual. I’ll start at the bottom. My house slippers were bought last winter, as were my socks. I’m wearing leggings and they have a little hole in them so they are probably from last year or the year before. I nearly always buy black leggings so it’s pretty hard to tell them apart except by fading, stains or holes.

My briefs are relatively new, I think I bought them in February before I went to Hobart. My bra is from last year I think. I don’t recall exactly when I bought it. It was just a cheap one from Best & Less in Burnie. It’s turned cold lately so I’m wearing a long sleeved spencer, well that’s what I call them. I had that in Geeveston so probably at least five years old. I’m also wearing a knitted polo neck sweater that I am pretty sure I bought from the Op Shop in Geeveston so that would also be at least five years old. It certainly wasn’t new when I got it. I think these last two items would be the oldest things I am wearing today.

Obviously most of these clothes are not really new as there is only one item I bought this year but I buy clothes when I need them, which is usually when something has worn out or is too shabby to be worn even to the local shop or to bed. Bed is where old leggings and T-shirts go to die.

It’s not that I don’t like to have new clothes. Of course I do but I’m on a budget. I don’t go out much so what is the point of buying clothes I’m unlikely to wear if I still have good ones in the wardrobe? Occasionally I break the rules. I bought a red cardigan recently and will wear it to the Visitor Centre when I volunteer there on Thursdays so it won’t be wasted. I do have two other red cardigans in my wardrobe but they are both over twenty years old. I know this because I bought them in Adelaide. I also impulse bought a royal blue cardigan recently but it came from the Salvo’s Op Shop and I bought it because I loved the colour and it was a pure wool Casaveen one. The factory in Oatlands closed a few years ago when the owners retired. It will be warm for winter. I also recently bought a new pair of leggings, a tee-shirt and a sweatshirt in an end of season sale because they were a bargain and a summer weight robe for my trip to Hobart because my regular one is too thick and heavy to pack for a trip.

A selection of clothing for sale at the Op Shop.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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