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.
Shirt – Clothing Swap
Cutoff shorts – thrifted
Leather bag – thrifted
Sandals – Old Navy (from years ago)
Vintage 80’s sunglasses – thrifted
Earrings – thrifted
I’ve been pretty much living in these Levis cutoff shorts all summer. When it was hot out and I grudgingly pulled on clothes to go out to meet a friend or run errands, these were usually within arm’s reach. I even wore them to Osheaga. Needless to say, I got my money’s worth with these shorts. Can’t really say the same about the rest of my shorts.
It’s times like these that make me want to go through my closet and get rid of half of what I own. How the heck do you counteract your hoarder tendencies and your inability to let go? I clearly remember being a kid and wanting my sister’s toy, trading with her and instantly realizing it was a terrible mistake, I had the better one in the first place. Maybe it was a case of ‘grass is greener’ but I think about that toy every time I get rid of a piece of clothing or accessory. What if I think up a PERFECT outfit and I just got rid of the key piece? Are you rolling your eyes? yeah, me too.
I feel like things to keep in mind when it comes to a closet are the following:
- Does it flatter me? The piece might be one of a kind and look amazing on an amazonian supermodel. That doesn’t mean it will be flattering on my 5’1 body.
- Does it fit properly? I am terrible with this one… what if I lose weight? what if I gain weight? but I could stop eating for a week! Kidding, I love food. This one is tricky, I recently lost a bit of weight (all those hikes up the mountain?) and some pieces don’t fit me anymore [do I get rid of them? what if I gain the weight back?] and now some pieces I couldn’t bring myself to sell despite them being a tad too small fit me. [thank god I didn’t throw them out?] It’s tricky but you have to focus on what size you are right now.
- Do I need it? I’m currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird and I want to slap myself for ever being unsatisfied with what I have (poverty is an important element in the book.) So yeah, there’s a good chance you DON’T need it. Think about how lucky you are.
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.
Last Friday the salvation army had a 99¢ sale on selected items. I braved the crowds to see if anything overpriced would now be worth checking out. Despite the extremely humid morning and the crowded store, I did a quick walk-through and ended up spending a whopping 4$ in change on the above items. Had I bought these at their regular SA price, it would have been about 21$ (which I realize now isn’t a lot to normal people). I especially love these high waist terrycloth Zara shorts with original price tag (30$). Sometimes you just get lucky.
It’s ironic that when the salvation army has a 50% off sale I leave the store completely empty-handed (which is tough after spending a few hours going through racks and piles of crap or overpriced items) but on a normal day, I leave with a pile of stuff. I didn’t feel too guilty about buying solely for me on this trip (as opposed to stocking up the shop) because a few items between 2$ 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.