I successfully ridded tiny gramma of a decade better left forgotten last night night.

We spent most of the weekend combing through consignment stores, we LOVE consignment stores. The two of us together are unstoppable.
rock on.
The quest to introduce more color into my moms very drab monotone wardrobe was successful. However, upon inspecting her closet I found a lot of clothing still lurking from my days in elementary. Or even worse, things I HAD WORN in elementary that she held onto and wore in all seriousness. I grabbed a cropped hawaiian print shirt off a hanger and cried out “WHY MOM WHY?” and then threw it to the floor.

Hot Hawaiian Mess.

She didn’t argue.

I combed my way through thirty years of clothing throwing out anything with a waist longer than the moosh, denim that wasn’t jeans or things I distinctly remembered from kindergarten.Over the years she has become much more hip and the fact that she doesn’t even really look like my mom or even resemble a grandma is even more reason to dispose of evidence she was around in the ’80s.

Tiny gramma didn’t put up much of a fight. She knew she was guilty of hanging on to a few things for far too long. However we did agree that some pieces were to be kept for posterity, such as a purple stretchy pantsuit with stirrups and black polka dots.

(Geesh, do you remember stirrups? Oy.)

There were a few things she tried to save with defenses of “It’s comfortable.” or “It fits me well.”

“A mumu is comfortable and fits you well, doesn’t mean you wear it.”

In the end I cleared out about 40 things, she did try to sneak a circa 1991 skirt back in while my back was turned. She failed to realize that I am a mother now too and have my own set of eyes in the back of my head.

She discussed consigning some of the castoffs, the big snafu in that is that tiny gramma can (and still does) shop in the children’s sections of a lot of stores. Sure her clothes are in great condition, but when your waist is the size of my thigh it’s going to be a little tricky to find a buyer.

My mom's skirt is LITERALLY as big as my thigh.

So let’s all congratulate tiny gramma, not only for her passion of shopping second hand, but for her willingness to let her daughter ravage her closet and remove all evidence of the ’80s and early ’90s.


  1. lol, I think we need more pics of what you found in there.

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  2. Hilarious post! Love it. And please don’t hate me for saying this…and I say it in as gentlemanly a way I can…

    Your mom is HOT!

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  3. you might want to hold on to those lovelies from the eighties as they are coming back. Harem pants and jumpsuits are ALL back people. YES I have seen women out in public wearing things I hoped never to see again.

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  4. someone i work with wears stirrup pants…without even a shred of irony.


    congrats to your mom! it feels sooo good to purge a closet like that!

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  5. Holy cheekbones, Batgirl! She is gorgeous. A woman who looks that good, should not wear clothes that bad.

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  6. two beautiful women. wow.

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  7. seriously? that is your mom?? She is gorgeous, no wonder you and the moosh are so, so pretty!

    That cropped Hawaiian top made me snort, though! Yikes!

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  8. Your mom is so pretty!

    (Although, really. It isn’t surprising. Your genes had to come from somewhere, right?)

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  9. Your mom is adorable! And tiny! I love the photo of you two together and the one of her at the end. AWesome.

  10. Wow, your mom does NOT look like a gramma at ALL!!!!

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  11. I’m still dumbfounded over that skirt that fits on one of your thighs! Congrats ARE in order… getting rid of stuff is SO hard. Someone that pretty shouldn’t wear clothes from two decades ago (especially that cropped (!) Hawaiian shirt)!

    p.s. i love that shirt you’re wearing in the the top photo!

  12. Good glory, your mother wears “Gramma” well.

    I’ve been following all your tweets, and it sounds like you’re having a fabulous time!

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  13. michelle says:

    Well, now I know why you’re so cute…. your mom is a babe.

    Please tell her that I said that.

  14. Your Mom is so pretty!

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  15. Your mom is beautiful. It sounds like she is much more cooperative than my mom was when I overhauled her closet. I ditched her granny clothes and made her buy things that fit and were flattering instead of over-sized and baggy. Unfortunately, she liked the result a bit too much and decided to start dressing like a 13 year old sl*t! I wish I were exaggerating.

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  16. First of all, tiny gramma looks younger than I do.

    Second, I desperately need to do a closet weeding out. Not because my clothes are outdated, but because I’ve now torn the butt out of 2 pairs of pants in a combination of my pants are old and my butt is too big for them.

    Congrats to tiny gramma for the change. Damn. Soon she’ll have a far better wardrobe than me too.

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  17. Your Mom is beautiful!


  18. I had a Hawaiian top like that. Wonder where it went? There’s an 80’s party just waiting for it. Although someone muuuuch younger than me should wear it.

    You have good genes.

  19. friggin Tiny Grandma.

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  20. Is that a dress of a child?

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  21. OK, since Bennie already said it, I think it’s OK if I chime in.

    Dude, your mom is hot.

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  22. Why is it that your mom looks younger than me (30 year old) and my stepdaughter (10)??? Where’s the fountain of youth that she’s bathing in???

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  23. Your Mom is gorgeous! Sounds like you have fun together too!

  24. This post should become a classic. The pic with the skirt on your thigh? Priceless.

  25. Tiny Gramma is even prettier in person. Hawaiian print and cropped?! You did good.

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  26. Tiny gramma is bee-yoo-tee-full

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  27. OMG your mom is beautiful, and of course- so are you and the moosh!!

    I just did a little srping cleaning myself- 4 garbagae bags full of clothes- circa 1995.

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  28. I meant to comment on this when it posted! Your Mom (who is my age, and this makes me happy) is BEYOND ADORABLE!

    She looks like your sister. I LOVE that.

  29. Tiny gramma is gorgeous! That last photo is marvelous.

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  30. Jeez, one can only hope to age so well.

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