On Thrifting ▲
Wednesday, May 2
You know, I follow a handful of blogs that post OOTDs and consistently credit their clothes to thrift store finds. And they look adorable in their outfits. They must not make thrift shops the same way in Aiken as they do everywhere else. I have never understood the seemingly magic appeal of a dusty, smelly, shop filled with the elderly's unwanted and discarded clothing.
The only times I ever found myself browsing the racks at a thrift store were when I was in college and needed to buy something desperately tacky and cheap for the latest themed sorority function. I have probably never spent longer than 15 minutes at a time looking for something. How much time do you usually spend when you go to the thrift store? How long does it take you to find something cute?
I don't know...I just see this and think, "I'M NOT NEEDY, GET ME OUT OF HERE." The broke newlywed inside me really wants to understand how to be thrifty and find fabulous things. But my personal style is definitely not vintage. I don't regularly wear high waisted pants, polka dot shirts, or grandpa sweaters.
I don't get it and would gladly accept advice.
THE POINT IS, I was hunting for goodies at Habitat for Humanity (because I occasionally find pieces of furniture there that don't remind me of a trailer park), and on my way home, I happened upon a consignment store that I'd never noticed before. (If someone wants to explain the different between a consignment store and a thrift store, I would be much obliged. I guess I could Google it...)
Anyway, I decided to take a look inside just to satisfy my own curiosity. There was a lot of nice stuff, mostly antique furniture and dish ware, but in one corner there was a delightful jewelry display. I browsed for a while and fell in love with a pair of gold and pearl clip on earrings, but then found a white bead necklace with gold accents that are somewhat in the shape of little quatrefoils (the Phi Mu symbol). Naturally I was enamored with it, and immediately decided that I could part with $5 to make her mine.
Now all you thrifting pros, tell me: is $5 a good price for a thrifted necklace? I have no idea. But I loved it. So I bought it.