Since the age of about thirteen I have been keeping the price/size/brand tags that are attached to any clothes I buy. The reason I keep these tags is because I find they make fantastic bookmarks. I’ve never seen this habit as odd, and why I started collecting clothing tags is not know even to myself, I guess I just needed a bookmark one day and thought ‘Hey look, a clothing tag’.
The clothing tag/bookmark (maybe I should mix both things and call it a ‘booktag’ instead) in question is always associated with the book afterwards, like they have some kind of strange bond only books and clothing tags can have. Whenever I see a Cooper St. clothing tag, I think of ‘Dancing Barefoot‘, while a pretty Blockout top always gives me fond memories of reading ‘Tuesdays with Morrie‘. I also give priority to my most loved books, any aussie designer label tag must always go with the cool books, because that is where they belong, all the coolness together.
Until a few weeks ago, I thought that keeping clothing tags for bookmarks was something everyone did, I mean, what else do people use as bookmarks? My good friend Sergio (who uses business cards as bookmarks) set me straight, and now I realise just how fucking weird it is.
I’d like to point out I only keep the fun tags, any un-fun Target ones go in the bin, I’m not that insane.