CHEAP THRILLS

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.

CHEAP THRILLS

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?

CHEAP THRILLS

A good haul last weekend from the church sale. I even have a few things going into the shop next week (shoes and purse). And I have been practically living in that cotton housecoat for the past week. It’s the perfect thing to wear around the apartment when its gross and hot out.

Who wants to come over and test out my new glasses? I’ll supply the glass, you supply the liquor.

CHEAP THRILLS

It’s ironic that when the salvation army has a 50% off sale I leave the store completely empty-handed (which is tough after spending a few hours going through racks and piles of crap or overpriced items) but on a normal day, I leave with a pile of stuff. I didn’t feel too guilty about buying solely for me on this trip (as opposed to stocking up the shop) because a few items between 2$ and 5$ is no big deal.

That is until I get to the cash register and my eagle eyes notice a camera behind the counter. Then it’s a lost cause. Behind the counter = won’t be cheap + I CANNOT say no to a vintage camera. Sadly I still don’t know if it works, as soon as the battery arrives from ebay (of COURSE replacing a battery = no instant gratification). I will keep you all up to date with the fate of the camera, whether it be me jumping for joy or crying in the fetal position.

CHEAP THRILLS

I hadn’t been to the church sale in several weeks and I got my fill this week to make up for that. I bought so many things that I couldn’t fit them all in one photograph. No joke – see proof above.

A few of these (but probably not enough) are going into the shop. A few, like that huge camera bag, are staying put in my apartment. I keep buying second-hand camera bags (I’m up to 3 now…) but this one takes the cake. I have room for my camera, a few lenses and a flash or 2 along with all the extra batteries and small items. It will be perfect to lug around my equipment. And it was probably 2$. Take that 100$ camera bags! Good things come to those who sift through mountains of dusty mothball smelling crap.

CHEAP THRILLS

I don’t know what I’m more excited about from last week’s haul. If only the church sold 5$ motorcycles to go with that jacket. And that fanny? If you didn’t already know, I have a bit of a fanny pack fetish. I have more than I need but I couldn’t resist this one from Guatemala. Apparently I don’t wear enough patterns (according to SOMEONE) so she’ll be proud when I strut my stuff with this guy on my fanny.

I think a major spring cleaning will be in order in the next few weeks. I’m sure I have tons of clothes I hardly ever wear. On the bright side, I rarely ever buy cheaply made mall-quality clothes anymore. So although my closet is getting fuller, It’s full of good quality original pieces that were not mass produced in China. High five!