I headed to the church sale when I visited my parents 2 weeks ago. [of course I did, when do I not?] and hit the mother load of vintage hats. I had to leave a few beauties behind and take just the ones I really loved. 3 of these are heading into the shop next week and I might have to put the carpet bag up for sale too, I just have too many bags as it is. Hands off the sweatpants though, I am keeping those babies. [yes I washed them]
I am really trying to slow down my thrift store shopping. Even bargain shopping can get out of hand sometimes. Of course I can’t refuse a church sale when I visit my parents but I am trying to keep my salvation army visit to a minimum. Unless they have some crazy sale going on… lets not go overboard now.
You’ve already seen some of the above items on my last outfit post. I’ve been thinking about wool and plaid so it was only normal I spotted a plaid scarf, a wool top and wool socks. And that panama hat, I’ve been itching for a hat like this all summer but kept resisting the urge to go to the mall and buy a brand new one. It’s true when they say good things come to those who wait.
As a second-hand shopper I know that instant success is not even an option. I have a I want it and I want it right now mentality. But with clothes, I’ve just come to a point where I stop and ask myself ‘do I really need to go buy this overpriced item I saw in a magazine/on a person/in a store window? Usually it’s no. I know my closet is overflowing. And that’s a big deal when you live in 500 square feet. It means the closet extends to the bed, the ottoman, the couch, the stools and the bathroom. So really I DON’T need it. But if I stumble upon it for 2$ at the church sale… that’s a WHOLE other ball game.
Don’t get me wrong, I still hold back at the thrift stores. Just this saturday I found the PERFECT fitting white dress. The women at the church all said how well it fit me and one even insisted that if I had nowhere to wear it, I should wear it to the grocery store. And you know what? I didn’t buy it. Because even though it fit me like a glove, where the hell am i going to wear a white gown?
The other day I randomly decided to swing by the salvation army on my way home from work. As soon as I walked in I saw that blue and yellow necklace and knew I had to have it. I’ve always been a fan of accessories that are big, obnoxious and out of the ordinary. Bonus points if it makes other people embarrassed to go out in public with me. [True story: I used to wear spongebob PJ pants and a tank top out to the bar. Oh college…]
Since skirts and dresses were 2 for 1 (deal of the week), I spent a little extra time in those sections. I think I done good. And I’m pretty sure those 2 BEDO skirts are brand spanking new. I am by no means a brand whore but I do have an appreciation for higher quality so I always check the labels and tags to see who made it and what it is made of. I will buy Zara and brands of that quality range (nothing special but not terrible) but I won’t buy Forever 21, even in a thrift store. Why would I want to fill my closet with mass produced, low quality items? Don’t get me started on a rant here… It bothers me that people settle for bad quality items made in Chinese sweatshops because they don’t want to spend the extra $$, yet they put their nose in the air and make gross faces when you talk about second-hand clothing. (There’s this thing called a washing machine people! … or the freezer)
You CAN be cheap and have good quality pieces. It’s called Other People’s Garbage! I’m only partly kidding here. Just because someone grew out of a piece of clothing (literally or not) doesn’t mean it’s bad. We’re all different, that’s what makes us special. This feels like a ‘The more you know‘ moment.
In conclusion… It was a successful random Tuesday thrift store visit.
As I’ve mentioned already on the blog, I participated in the Montreal Take Off Your Clothes clothing swap last weekend. After dropping off a garbage bag of clothes the previous weekend, I was feeling good about making some space in my [tiny] closet. On my way over to the swap Saturday morning, I was planning on taking photos as a volunteer for the event and seeing how the event would go. I didn’t expect to find much – why would I want something that someone else didn’t like? I don’t know WHY I thought this, I buy other people’s garbage at thrift stores all the time. I guess I usually like my clothing to come from old ladies, not people my age.
However, I ended up pleasantly surprised and came home with almost as much as I donated. [oops – sorry closet] Not to mention what I came home with was a little bit of everything; skirts, dresses, pants, tops, shirts, shorts, shoes, accessories, a hat. I could make an entire wardrobe from these 19 pieces [plus undies, those weren’t available at the swap.]
You should know by now that I am a big believer in buying second-hand and I cringe whenever I walk into a mall. I think getting dressed should be an expression of your personality, not the latest trend. [Also, no wearing leggings as pants, I don’t care WHAT your personality is] The whole idea behind swapping is to encourage people to swap, not shop. That’s an idea I can get behind.
A few photos from the swap:
Last Sunday I accidentally stumbled across a multiple vendor ‘garage’ sale of sorts 2 blocks from my apartment while on my way to Staples. I had a limited amount of cash in my wallet which was probably a good thing because I would have taken home so much more had I been able to. I did a little bit of haggling and ended up with the above. How great are those floral tapestry bags? I couldn’t pick one so I picked both. The one on the right will (reluctantly) end up in the shop one of these days. Sorry ladies but the big one on the left will have to be pried out of my cold dead hands. It even has tortoise shell on the handle, it’s a keeper. I just wanna run home and hug it right now.
My trip to staples was a bust but I did not come home empty handed. obviously.
And speaking of cheap things, thrills & other people’s stuff, I am really excited to be participating AND volunteering at the Montreal Take Off Your Clothes clothing swap on Saturday. I will be sure to share photos of the event next week.
I hadn’t been to a thrift store in weeks but got my butt out of the apartment on Friday to see if there was anything worth picking up at the Salvation Army’s 50% off sale on books, electronics, furniture and kids clothing (things I don’t usually shop for). Though what I took home were mostly full priced items, they were reasonably priced. After picking through people’s unwanted crap in a really hot building, I decided to stop at a cute cafe I passed for an ice coffee to bring my body temperature back to normal. Then went for a spontaneous (much needed) haircut with my usual girl, who is always happy to give me a funky asymmetrical cut. It was a really fun ME day, I can’t wait to be retired. Oh and rich.