Thanksgiving is coming up and it’s going to be at my house. I realized that I need some kitchen chairs, sturdy ones. I have chairs, but 2 are wobbly and I need a couple more. I figured I’d have a look at the thrift store but didn’t expect much.
I need to do a lot of things: laundry, cleaning house, getting plumbing and electrical repair estimates and buying groceries. I did none of these, I went to the thrift store after work instead.
I went in looking for a full sized navy blue flat sheet. The navy and purple sheets I bought before turned out to be twin size so I’m still searching for a full flat sheet. I didn’t find one. The first rule of thrifting is “do not go in expecting to find a specific thing.” Go with an open mind, an open heart but keep your purse/money close.
I admit to looking for a couple of OSU t-shirts, the logo ones, in black but preferably orange. I found OSU shirts but not the kinds I pictured. I didn’t go expecting to find a great Doctor Who shirt or Vera Bradley bag or the travel organizer. I’ve wanted a Vera travel organizer but even at the outlet store they are a tad pricey. I saw some at Target and Wal-Mart, not as cushy but okay and cheaper. But since I don’t plan to travel again for a long time I put the idea aside. Then I saw this one, the price was right so I put it in my cart.
The answer is yes, and no. I made a trip to Goodwill on the way home. I found khaki capris, a white top and an infinity scarf. “This is easy,” I thought “no problem.”
Since then I made other trips to other thrift stores and Dollar Tree, bought stuff and looked through closets and drawers at home. I do not want to spend too much money or time on this, it’s for work not cosplay and I’ll probably wear this only once.
I looked at tutorials on youtube and googled Rey images. There’s some very impressive Reys out there, from cute toddlers to grown up Reys. There are costumes, from cheap looking ones to decent copies and even a couple of skanky ones. I thought about maybe buying one of the decent versions until I looked at the prices and thought “I can do this and for cheaper.” Maybe not better but cheaper.
Then there’s Rey’s hair. Someday I want to ask George Lucas why the women in the Star Wars universe have to have such complicated hair. Leia, with her Hopi style hair, Padme’s senator hair and headpieces and now Rey. So back to youtube.
Update: costume contest was today. No, I did not win but was not surprised. I enjoyed wearing the costume and had to tell a few people who I was– older Rey, after the Empire is finally dust and she and Finn have settled down, maybe had a couple of kids. There were lots of good costumes, my favorite was a couple dressed as Curious George and The Man With the Yellow Hat, they didn’t win either.
Everything but the tiny bag and my boots came from thrift stores, already had those. I also borrowed the big brown bag from my sister, maybe I’ll tell her someday, maybe.
I hit the thrift stores on a mission, to buy house stuff for my son’s upcoming visit, I could use all new furniture, carpet and a new roof but more immediate and affordable needs were what this was about. I need new linens, sheets and towels, a pillow or two, little things. I got most of the things I needed, spent less than if I went to the mall or Wal-Mart. I also got stuff not on the list, as I do. Jerry and I got most of our house stuff at thrifts, usually because it was cheap.
I hit three regular thrift stores and then the Mother of all Goodwills, the outlet, which is not for the faint of heart or easily discouraged. All the clothes and the washcloth came from the Goodwill outlet, everything else from the 3 thrifts. I spent 4 hours and $25, this is what I got.
it’s all a matter of perspective. did not buy but was tempted
The last time I went thrifting was July, the memorial thrift trip I made for the 3rd anniversary of Jerry ‘s passing. I hit a different store and remembered why I hadn’t been here. They were playing country. I put in my earbuds.
I took pictures of my finds, they were not very good. I do not know how Instagram “models” do it, I admit I have more respect for their skills now.
This store has half price tags and nearly everything was marked down. Total was less than ten bucks.
Another long sleeve black top. I might wear this to the concert or just to work. Can’t have too many black tops.
Blue linen shirt. It’s after Labor Day and though those archaic rules may not still apply, I will wait til next Memorial day to bring this out. Loose, comfortable and I like the detail.
Black skirt, maybe my best score. Fabric is patterned, thought it was burned out velvet but more like embroidery. Like the silver belt buckle, will wear to Mass. Almost too ladylike for me but 1.49,why not?
I went to the mall today, the first time in months. I know that it isn’t good for me, I see stuff I want and things I think I need. I am usually broke or my money is already allotted for bills, either way I can’t spend it.
I did buy something, a blue cotton rug for my room. I got it on sale at Dillard’s for $7. I went looking to see what kind of clothes are in the stores, not so much to buy but just to look. Then if I liked anything I saw to look for similar stuff at the thrifts. Or so I told myself.
I didn’t make it beyond housewares. I had lunch before in the food court and it quickly and violently disagreed with me. I was in the bathroom a long time and all I wanted after was to take my clammy, queasy self home. Window shopping be darned.
It is the back to school season and though I haven’t been to school in years I still want new clothes.
It’s also looking at my clothes, my jeans in particular and realizing they need to be replaced. The hems of several pairs are fraying and they look worn, not in the intentional sense just old.
I look like the Before in a makeover.
I don’t want cheap trendy clothes or uncomfortable clothes or shoes. But I want updated versions of the stuff I have. A couple of pairs of jeans or pants, some new tops and dresses or skirts I can wear to Mass. My real quest is for dress shoes, low heeled but not geriatric.
Though I never made it downstairs I did see some Pendleton luggage I really wanted. Though I have one 25 in. suitcase already, don’t plan to go anywhere and probably won’t need them, I was thinking how cool they looked. I even told myself they would be easy to find on the luggage carousel and I’d look good pulling them through an airport. They were on sale and it’s not likely I’d find all the pieces together again like this. I could have bought the biggest suitcase or two of the smaller ones or I could pay my car insurance this month. I walked away before I started to think about it. Feeling lousy helped. So whatever made me sick today, I owe you.
Maybe I don’t need car insurance.
But I still need clothes. I like window shopping, it’s usually safe. I rarely buy anything. I am used to thrift store prices and freak out from sticker shock. Frankly most clothes, aside from underwear, are okay to buy used. When I worked at Lane Bryant I saw clothes sent to the dry cleaners to remove stains and even funk before they were put back on the floor. The idea that new clothes were pristine vanished. The main downside with thrift stores is a top, dress or pants will come in only one size or color, and if it is too small, big, long, short or a color I don’t like, too bad. But I might consider something different because it’s less than $5 and if it doesn’t work I can donate it back.
Even though the mall on the weekend is crowded, more hectic and prone to bad overhead music, I’m thinking about going back tomorrow. I will avoid housewares, luggage, all stores and departments but women’s clothes. And the food court.
I was broke, too broke to go to the thrift store, after my trip. My bills were paid, Porkchop and I had food but all I had in my purse was twenty cents til payday. Then like sunrise payday came and I breathed again. I also started spending money again.
The first thing I bought was this Vera Bradley bag on shopgoodwill.com. A virtual thrift store, cheaper than ebay but shipping is high, usually more than the item you buy. The first Vera bag I bought was a Villager in Twirly Birds pink, this pattern. I think this is a Metropolitan, a small carryon with a laptop pocket. It was 7.99.
Then I hit the most amazing estate sale this morning on my way to Wal-Mart. Most estate sales have better quality stuff than garage sales but higher prices. They also tend to have, well, boring stuff. Old people things, outdated electronics and the like. This started out that way, one of the first things I saw was a collection of giant rodeo belt buckles. Enticing to some but not my thing. I went on in and was glad I did. This is what I found.
Porkchop making himself comfortable on my loot.
Andy Warhol messenger bag, by LootNYC. My cost, $3.00. There’s a pink smudge on lower right Andy’s face but otherwise pristine. I plan to rock this bag at work on Monday.
Kipling bag, from Fergie line a couple years ago. I saw this, then the Kipling tag and started hoping that woman looking at the pillows next to it would not pick it up. Please, dear lady, ignore it and move away. Soon as she did I swooped in on it and felt a little giddy. I really felt it when I saw it was 5.00. Has the tags and monkey.
I nearly bought this because it looks like ‘SOD’ as in “sod off.” I chose it because it was .50 and a pretty box with notepaper inside but there was another bonus.
Victoria And Albert Museum. London, people. I’m an anglophile from way back and still hope to visit London and as much of England as possible. This is one less souvenir I’ll need to buy. There was a matching set of note paper and envelopes for $2. I may go back tomorrow when it’s half price and see if it’s still there.
From right to left: blank notes on silvery paper, Marcel Schurman Christmas cards I remember from my Borders days and cute dog and cat Christmas cards. $1 for each. I collect stationery and yes I might have a problem.
Beautiful detailed book by the late Kevyn Aucoin, Louisiana boy who was a great makeup artist and full of great pictures. Published in 1997, it’s gorgeous and even someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time doing her own face can appreciate this book. $2.00.
Kitty cat frame, I plan to put a picture of Porkchop in it and send to my son in Saigon. Porkchop had to check it out first. $1.00
Bubble wrap. No tag. Today’s total was 15.71