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What would you do if 95% of your clothes vanished?

Asked by johnpowell (9169 points ) May 20th, 2014

Last night I was informed that I pretty much lost everything that I wasn’t wearing. It went down like this.

(08:44:24) Allie: what happened to your clothes :(
(08:46:03) Ryan: Here is what happened.
(08:46:47) Ryan: I go downstairs with my laundry and go to put it in the backseat but the door was locked so I set it down.
(08:47:42) Ryan: My mom was on the passengers side sorting out groceries so I start helping with that.
(08:48:53) Ryan: I was on the passengers side when I set down the laundry. it was just a few feet from where she was.
(08:49:41) Ryan: So the groceries get sorted and I run them upstairs.
(08:50:57) Ryan: So I run back down to give my mom some cash and she is sitting in the drivers seat. Where I put the clothes wasn’t visible.
(08:51:18) Ryan: I just assume that she put them in the car.
(08:51:29) Ryan: She drives off.
(08:52:00) Ryan: By the time she notices they are missing someone had already taken them.

How would you react? I got drunk.

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17 Answers

GloPro's avatar

It couldn’t have been that many clothes if you brought them down in one load and didn’t notice they weren’t in the car. Time for a new summer wardrobe! Maybe each of your guy friends would be willing to part with one piece.

dappled_leaves's avatar

I’m afraid I can’t suggest a better plan of action than the one you’ve already taken.

johnpowell's avatar

@GloPro :: It was actually three packed baskets. About 15 pairs of pants, boxers, t-shirts, and hoodies. I have average upper-body strength.

AshLeigh's avatar

Second hand stores are good for t-shirts and jeans. Just wash them before wearing them.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@AshLeigh But he’s suffered serious laundry trauma. That may not be an option.

AshLeigh's avatar

He couldn’t run around naked…

dappled_leaves's avatar

Hmm. Well, what does the remaining 5% consist of? If socks and hats, perhaps some strategic coverage can be maintained.

johnpowell's avatar

@AshLeigh :: I wear wal*mart clothes. Most my pants are Dickies and those are 16 bucks a pair. After hearing of this dilemma my sister repaid me the 300 bucks she borrowed years ago.

I’m going high class from here on out.

*note.. Oregon so no sales tax.

johnpowell's avatar

I didn’t run downstairs naked so I have on what I was wearing at the time. I will admit to washing my boxers in the salad spinner.

GloPro's avatar

Seriously, people bag clothes up for donation regularly. Ask your friends to hook you up with an item or two. Some will come through.

johnpowell's avatar

@GloPro :: I am lucky. This isn’t a financial disaster for me. I have already went into the mode where I think it is pretty funny and will be a good story once I have 7+ pairs of boxers again.

edit :: I’m more concerned that there was b-day and c-mas presents in what is missing.

jca's avatar

Wow. That sucks. It sounds like you have a solution already.

For me, I have so so many clothes that if 95 percent were taken away, I’d still have a lot left over – enough so that I would still be ok.

fluthernutter's avatar

That sucks. Your sister is awesome though. Makes for a funny story too. Plus…new pants!

I just lost 5% of my wardrobe. My kid likes to stash crayons everywhere. Apparently my husband didn’t check for “presents” with the last load of laundry. Major bummer because it took out some favorites. But I just mourned them briefly and moved on. Can’t get too attached to stuff with litte mischief-makers in the house.

downtide's avatar

That was a sucky thing to happen but kudos to your sister, and what a great opportunity to start a whole new wardrobe. I’m like you; most of my clothes are dead cheap. We don’t have Walmart here but we do have Primark, where you can get t-shirts for £2 each and jeans for £6, so if it happened to me that’s where I’d go to stock up again.

cheebdragon's avatar

My room would be so clean if 95% of my clothes disappeared.

wildpotato's avatar

@johnpowell I was just reading the other day that washing machines and salad spinners have more overlap than I thought.

El_Cadejo's avatar

You could always get some new shirts on Ript . They’re only 13 dollars(including shipping) and they have a new design every day. I’ve bought a few shirts from them and they’ve always been great quality. I got this bitchin squirtle one last night actually :P

I’d also obviously hit up the good will stores. I’m pretty sure 95% of my jeans came from there and probably cost me under $20 in total.

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