Lessons Learned in Thrift Stores

Another successful Value Village trip on Saturday! That makes two in two weekends in a row. (Inspired by visits from our thrifty extended family!)

I got this dress last weekend:

Yesterday Peter found me a soft, comfortable 100% lambswool sweater. I have a couple of lovely wool sweaters that are actually men’s sweaters because of him. I’m not sure if he picks them out because he likes them on me or because he doesn’t like it when I steal his sweaters. This one’s from Ralph Lauren and will be awesome in the fall or on cold summer nights upcoming. It makes me want to have a bonfire on the beach.

I also got these shoes:

I think they’re kind of ugly and kind of wonderful. They’re super comfortable and I could see wearing them with shorts or jeans and not caring too much if they get a bit dirty. (I am full of plans to spend as much time as possible outside this summer!)

What I put back: Sky-high, silver, sequined heels. They were so over the top that I would have bought them for a few bucks. But they were $24.99, they hurt my feet, and I would probably wear them twice in the next five years. I flip-flopped more over a pair of buttercup-yellow heels. So cute but again, I just wouldn’t wear them much. I have a few pair of heels and I bring them out for weddings and other miscellaneous dressy occasions but it’s rare to see me in stilettos. It came down to what’s the wisest way to spend my money.

I am still looking for a couple of pretty summer tops. Everything yesterday seemed to be 1) made of polyster, which makes me sweat like crazy* 2) make me look pregnant 3) have a hole or a broken zipper

*Sorry – I meant ‘perspire’. Ladies don’t sweat.

Here’s the thing, I’m not a super fashionista-type but I like keeping up to date on styles and I do enjoy perusing fashion blogs/sites/magazines from time to time. It’s easy for me to read about other people’s clothing and style and get a skewed idea of what I need or how much is appropriate to spend. That amount may vary from person to person and may vary at different times in a person’s life. It’s so easy for me to go into a store and think, “I don’t have this item and that means I need it.” I might, but I probably don’t. Which isn’t to say that I don’t have a whole bunch of stuff more than I technically need. I do. Most likely, the majority of us do. I don’t have a problem with that. My problem arises when I begin to covet other people’s wardrobes or budgets. My problem arises when I decide how much I should spend on shoes or how many skirts I should own based on a blog of someone I’ve never met. Or when I set my value by how I feel when I get dressed in the morning.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that this is something we each need to figure out for ourselves. I don’t want to compare myself to anyone else. I do want to look at another woman and think, “Cute purse” but not think, “If she spent that much on a purse, I can too.” Basically, I need to take fashion websites and blogs with a grain of salt.

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3 thoughts on “Lessons Learned in Thrift Stores”

  1. I wish I had your luck in thrift stores! I can probably count on one hand the number of items I’ve purchased from there that weren’t intended for a Hallowe’en costume! I did score a free BBQ from the side of the road last week though! Hope you’re doing well. Love reading your blog!

    1. Thanks Karleen! Not every trip to the thrift store is successful – but the ones where I don’t buy anything aren’t as interesting to talk about! Nice score on the BBQ though. Just in time for summer!

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