So, it’s snowing. Right now. It’s snowing. I am astonished.
Anyway, that’s not what I was going to write about. What I wanted to say was this: I love thrift stores. I’m not going to hide it any more. Actually, I don’t know if I ever hid this.
If I had to come up with my top five favourite things about living here in the valley, the number of thrift stores would definitely be in that list. And not just thrift stores but good thrift stores. Thrift stores full of treasures. Thrift stores where things are actually cheaper than they would be new. Thrift stores that haven’t been picked over by hipsters.
When I was a kid, my family shopped at Value Village and MCC and other thrift stores. As a kid/teenager, that’s pretty much the height of embarrassment. At least it was for me. We had lots of new things too but we were not the wealthiest family and so thrift stores were frequently visited. Looking back, I don’t really know why I hated going to Value Village so much. Yes, there’s always that slight thrift store smell (you know what I’m talking about, right?) but you always wash your clothes first. My theory is that as a kid you define yourself by who else shops at the store you’re in. And at the Value Village on Fraser Street, those weren’t always the classiest of people. Living in Victoria, almost everybody I knew shopped at thrift stores and proclaimed it proudly. (This had the downside of making them more expensive). I didn’t know anyone who had brand new furniture. I was young and poor and paying for everything on my own and thrift stores made lots of sense. Plus, the older I get, the less I worry about defining myself by where I shop.
I get the sense that here in the valley thrift stores aren’t quite as cool as they were on the island. And I’m totally okay with that because it means they’re cheap and not too picked over. I love that they all seem to be run by elderly Mennonite women. I love that most of them are tax-free. I love the feeling of success I get when I find something awesome or just something I need.
Dressy shoes are awesome to find in thrift stores because they usually haven’t been worn much. And, if you’re like me, you won’t wear them much either so it’s not worth paying a hundred dollars for. Plus, I have very average-sized feet.
My home has benefited with new plates, a bright yellow vase, a crystal butter dish, and an extra baking sheet (making cookies with one baking sheet is a pain!)
I’ve also discovered that thrift stores are great places to look for cheap picture frames. I haven’t paid more than a dollar for one yet and I’ve been able to frame wedding photos and will be framing family photos once I get them printed.
I could easily double the size of my scarf collection with trips to the thrift store. I like scarves. They keep my neck warm and they jazz up outfits!
In conclusion, thrift stores are great. If you visit Peter and I out here, we will take you to one. Probably MCC because it’s awesome and it doesn’t exist in Victoria. What have you guys find in thrift stores that you love?
Oh, and I took this picture Wednesday evening. The shot was Peter’s idea but I was the one who got my feet wet standing in a puddle. The sky was unbelievable that night.