Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Am I The Only One???

I'm not sure if this is just me or if you are having this problem, too. I'm having all my clothes fall apart. No, they aren't that old, but yet I'm still having little holes in shirts, sweaters with a little unraveling taking, etc. Here are some examples: Gap peasant shirt--2 small holes near bottom...randomness, yes? Talbots nice black v-neck sweater--unraveling at the 'v' part (and I'm not stretching it), Ann Taylor Loft sweater--the neckline/collar dealie unraveled from the rest of the shirt whereby placing a lovely hole. What gives? I love that sweater, but it is not mendable. The sweaters are less than 6 months old. The shirt is probably closer to a year old.

Is this just me or are you seeing this happen? None of these items were bought at an outlet either. Not that outlet clothes are made cheaper, because sometimes they are, sometimes not, but still.

Could I be too rough in the washing of them? I don't do the whole hand washing noise. I have two small children. I throw the crap in there and move on. I use Tide detergent and Downy fabric softener. I don't usually wash the jeans with the sweaters, but I'm probably guilty at time or two of this.

I went back to Ann Taylor to return and they would've exchanged it, but had none left (they have quick turnover in their clothing). They would refund me if I had my original receipt, but in the computer the sweater was down to $5 or something so they did nothing for me. Nothing.

So, I'm thinking about literally putting every single receipt for every piece of clothing I buy in a file and just busting those bad boys out and returning this crap when this happens. I paid good money for this stuff. I really love those 2 sweaters, but I can't wear them anymore! So sad! I don' t get to shop too often in areas where they have good stores. I have to drive an hour to Ann Taylor Loft! I need durable clothing!

Is it ME or are you having this happen too? Am I being too rough on my clothing?

11 comments:

Preppy 101 said...

I do save receipts. I usually shred them every year. I get a lot of my sweaters dry-cleaned. But, if I do wash them, I use one of the white mesh bags. Just put it in the bag, zip it up, and throw it in the washer. I think it does keep the sweater from being twisted, stretched, etc. in the wash cycle. (The spin cycle is pretty brutal)

Haute Mama said...

Not cheap, but we invested in a LG front load washer and dryer for this reason. It has hand washing cycles, little to no spin, steam, etc. We felt our washer was too hard on our clothes and especially too hard on the kids' clothes. It is a dream to use, you can shove so many things in it at once (down comforters too), it uses very little water, and doesn't agitate and wear out your clothes.

Mrs. Newlywed said...

I save receipts for a whole year. I wash a lot of my clothes in those mesh lingere bags. It works wonders. I also zipper up or button anything that is open in the front.

We don't have a washer and dryer in our apartment. Unfortunately the one in the basement of the building doesn't provide too many options for wash cycles, so I make do.

Surf Girl said...

I've had that happen quite a bit recently too. I don't do the hand washing either - maybe that makes a difference? I'm going to try the mesh bags others have suggested. Good luck!

The wife said...

I've had the exact same problem with my shirts and Hubby's too! Tiny holes forming at the bottom front!! ahhh!

morewineplease said...

Yes... keep every reciept... it's the best thing today...
I only have that problem in certain stores, but certainly none you mentioned?

Heidi said...

I am SO bad at saving receipts! ...maybe that should be my New Years Resolution this coming new years!!

Lipstick said...

You've inspired me to be better at saving receipts!

I use lingerie bags and wash on gentle cycle. I also try and sort the wash by color and fabric texture.

That sounds so together and prepared...actually I usually have so much laundry that I could invent three more subcategories and still have a full load.

Jen said...

Unfortunately, I haven't shopped for myself in so long, I couldn't tell you if its just you or not. Thinking about your post and my newer clothing, I realized that I have none and really need to go shopping! Thanks for the inspiration!

tlm said...

Just curious...where were those clothes made?

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