Dawn and I had thought of this months back at a mini-meet, and being as scatterbrained as I am, I immediately set a note in my calendar to post about this, and promptly forgot about it. Go, me. Thankfully, Chuck and Audra mentioned something about a similar idea on Eff This Week last night entirely of their own accord, and I now have the drive to get this thing done.
I am, admittedly, a shameless geek-shirt addict/whore. I can’t part with them, I keep succumbing to impulse buys (thank you so frakking much, ShirtPunch, Woot, TeeFury…), and now that two dresser drawers are jammed with the damned things, and I can no longer wear them at work (damn the Man), I want to make sure that if ANYONE else enjoys them, it has to be geeks who will appreciate them just as much.
Hence, I will be packing an extra piece of luggage for the Meetup, with shirts to swap/gift/donate to my fellow addicts – who are absolutely invited and encouraged to do the same. (I’m staring at YOU, Nightwing…)
No money involved. NONE. This is good-geek-will here, and you can either find another shirt you love and want to swap, or just enable each others’ addictions, and give 'em all away.
I’m personally seeing this as a way to combat the separation anxiety that I would feel parting with ANY of my babies down a donation-bin chute, the local consignment/thrift shop, or some other travesty. How else can I be sure that my Underdog shirt, or Crom-forbid, my “Big Trouble In Little China” shirt, doesn’t end up in the hands or on the shoulders of one who can’t fully appreciate it?
If you think you down for it, drop a note here so I can try to anticipate the scale of the project. We can claim an extra table at one of the eateries we invade one night, or just use someone’s hotel room to lay 'em all out and browse. I’ll tinker with the details once I know how many want to play along. Either way, I am NOT coming back with the same number I arrive with!