Clean Up, Let Go, & Move On
Tidy up your belongings = tidy up your mind
The luxury consignment shop is a museum of unwanted memories. Women consign these goods not for extra cash, usually, but to rid themselves of items that no longer suit their current season in life.
Pre-loved by Asian housewives, cliquey hockey moms, and Slavic sugar babies, the dresses from forgotten galas and bags gifted in bygone relationships are relics of good times. Even as a buyer, walking into a consignment shop brings about a sense of not just nostalgia but catharsis. Every piece of Bottega leather or Hermès silk is evidence that a woman once said, “I am ready to let go of the good to make room for the better.”
Material holds emotions. For instance, whenever I wear the wool scarf hand-knit by my best friend, I feel not just warmer around my neck, but also my heart. I think this is true for all possessions, and so, what you want to own is fundamentally a question about what emotions you want to wrap your day-to-day in. Your ownership pattern is an expression of your values: what you keep shows what you care about. The state of your room, your closet, your vanity, and your bookshelf display who you are becoming.