I have a confession to make.
I have lost two pairs of show gloves, two stock ties, countless hair nets, a belt, and one stock tie pin over the past three years because of my total lack of show attire organization. And also because of this:
This is my old/previous show clothes garment bag, given as a team gift to freshmen on the equestrian team in college. It's exactly what it looks like: a bag. No pockets. So my post-show ride ritual is to...throw everything I'm wearing in the bottom of the bag. Which in a lot of cases, literally means I'll never see any of it again for some reason.
When I took stock of all the stuff I'd have to buy this year - again - I realized it would be cheaper to buy a more organized garment bag than to continue to lose stuff. It also cuts down on my show nerves to be so organized I never have to search for anything. To eBay I went, where I paid $20 for this very used bad boy:
|Jaguar makes garment bags? Who knew.|
A teeny tiny pocket for my stock tie pin:
|Yes, new, sigh.|
Two big pockets on the inside. Gloves and hairnet go in the one on the right (also, there's only one glove pictured because...I don't know where the other one is. I'm hoping to fix that situation before Saturday.):
Stock tie and belt go in the one on the left, with the stock tie inside its packaging, so maybe it will not only not get lost, but also stay nice:
|Yes, also new. #3 since 2013. I am ashamed.|
Finally, it has a heavy duty metal hanger attached with a chain for hanging, which will undoubtedly be easier than hanging the several plastic hangers off the stall like I had to with my old garment bag.
Anyone else taking steps to get organized this show season?