CHEAP THRILLS



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.

CHEAP THRILLS / SWAPPING

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: