Lately, the wonderful world of thrifting has left me unsatisfied. I’m happy to report that this is something that rarely occurs. Usually, I’m able to find at least one treasure each time I explore the local thrift store circuit. However, recently I’ve ended up empty handed more often than not. Now, I understand the joys of thrifting heavily revolve around the hunt. Unfortunately, the hunt really sucks when you find yourself leaving, "the field," with nada. I find myself wondering, “Am I just wearing the wrong kind of camouflage?”
I can confidently state that, I don’t believe the problem lies with a decline in my thrifting skills. Yes, I wrote, “skills.” Like any other sport, the activity of thrifting requires a certain level of expertise. The first thing one must master is the art of patience. Reading this post now, you must be thinking that this is something I need to work on. However, I would argue that patience is one of my strongest attributes when regarding shopping. Especially when I'm in search of one of a kind vintage items that have a, “Made In Italy,” tag on them. Yep, there’s no better motivation to march onward than that.
The second thing needed for a successful thrifting trip is an undiscriminating eye. What I mean by this is one can't walk into a Goodwill store without expecting to encounter some pretty hideous stuff. Now remember people, these are garments that other individuals have given away. Not only does it take patience to sort through the, “outcasts,” of other people, it also takes a certain level of tolerance to mentally makeover some of these items. For example, when you pull a shirt off the $3.00 rack at St. Vinny’s and you think, “My God! It’s like this brand tried to copy Ralph Lauren’s nautical line by having an actual drunken sailor make this shirt!” Seriously people, I own a shirt that I believe was a result of this type of thing. Now, I could have picked this item up, laughed heartily, and returned it to its’ undoubtedly doomed existence among other musty misfits. However, that shirt had no idea who it was dealing with. I removed it gingerly from its’ rack, unsure whether to laugh or gag, and instantly started planning how I was going to style it. Basically the lesson to be learned here is, a true thrifter never walks away from a challenge.
Lastly, I believe thrifting requires a certain amount of intuition. Okay, lets get real here. I like to think of myself as kind of psychic when it comes to finding treasures. “That’s crazy!” you think. “Ha!”…Okay, yeah it probably is. However, I don’t care. I can’t help but believe that I seem to have some kind of special talent for knowing when something is waiting for me at the thrift store. It’s like I’ll be driving somewhere else and my, “sixth shopping sense,” will flare up and command me to hang an immediate U-turn and head back towards Savers because someone gave up all their vintage western wear!
I guess the point of this post revolves around the fact that I’m proud of my ability to successfully thrift most of my wardrobe. Unfortunately, as of late, I have had absolutely no luck while shopping secondhand. It had gotten to the point where I had actually started considering buying NEW clothing. However, I was majorly dismayed to come to the conclusion that I don’t like the new clothing I see in the boutiques. What can I say, nothing looks like it was constructed by an intoxicated hairy dude with an anchor tattooed on his chest. I was starting to feel a bit panicked until last night. I was driving to meet my parents and suddenly I got that tingle. Despite the fact I was going to be late for our meeting, I went out of my way to dodge into the old Goodwill. I walked in the door and straight to the counter where… “Hallelujah!” There they were waiting for me, a never been worn pair of, Made In Italy, Via Spiga sandals size 8.5. Now when I hit my next dry spell I have an amazing pair of shoes to do a rain dance in.
(All items pre-owned except for the shoes and purse.)
Shirt: Mossimo Supply Co.
Pants: Ann Taylor LOFT
Sneakers: New Balance
Purse: Ivanka Trump
Necklace: Vintage (Avon)