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13 Jul 2016

Best Story EVER

So it was a typical Thursday.  I had a couple meetings and then headed to a client’s to conduct a Wardrobe Evaluation.  As you know, I have a slight love for my clients so any day I actually get to conduct a service with a client is fabulous!  Anyhow, it was a wonderfully fun and efficient time.  As part of my Wardrobe Eval service, I haul your discards away for you.  We laughed as I climbed into my little car and tried to reverse with a blocked view (due to the donation pile I was alleviating my client of).

The next morning I drove my packed Prius to make a J.Hilburn delivery.  I realized after the drop off that another client’s apartment was right next door.  This client is an Air Force vet, younger, single mom who has endured a couple brain surgeries.  I knew she was leaving for her first work trip since being out of the Air Force and that, based on her budget and time, she was unable to take a shopping trip prior to her departure.  During her wardrobe evaluation we realized that she really had very few work appropriate items in her wardrobe.  After wearing a uniform for years, you really don’t have to build much of a wardrobe.

I took a shot and knocked on her door.  She was embarrassed that she was not prepared for my arrival, but I assured her that I most definitely did not mind and I felt HORRIBLE for barging in, but I wanted her to be able to look through the discards before her trip.  She allowed me entrance into her apartment and even tried the items on for me!  Welllllll, I tell you, she LOOKED AMAZING in most of the dresses, and those are the things she needed most!  Here are a few photos:

Client A wore a couple times, that was it.

Client A wore a couple times, that was it.

Client A's only discard she was sad she no longer needed.

Client A’s only discard she was sad she no longer needed.

Client A purchased but never wore.

Client A purchased but never wore.

Client A never wore it. Client B will wear it to fly in.

Client A never wore it. Client B will wear it to fly in.

Immediately after I left I texted Client A to inform her that her discards had made it to a great home.  I am unsure who was happiest that day:  Client B: over receiving perfectly fitting clothing for a trip she was leaving for THAT DAY (for FREE), Client A: who had a bit of remorse for letting go of one of the dresses who was now elated that she parted with it, or me for being able to create the full circle of happiness.  I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW GREAT IT FEELS to make people happy (and create happy closets).

I challenge you to make someone happy today!

1 Response

  1. Kelley

    Being Client A yes for whatever reason parting with clothes was hard for me. And yes remorse over a purple dress and the others things I spent money on and rarely wore. BUT this ending couldn’t be better and is one story I will never forget. My heart is full every time I see the smile on her face

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