I know this may come across as sounding elitist…..maybe it is. I’m not sure. But I am not a fan of yard sales, thrift shops, or consignment stores. I’m sorry, but there has always been something kind of icky feeling to me about buying clothes that other people have worn and cast off.
Let me be clear: I don’t have a problem with others who yard sale or thrift shop or purchase items from consignment venues. I had a boss once who always looked like a million bucks — a real quirky but definite stylish maven. I greatly admired her sense of style. She readily admitted she loved thrift stores and yard sales and most of her wardrobe contained those hidden treasures she uncovered from these. However, I get overwhelmed easily and I know one has to really look through racks and racks to find that perfect piece. And again, I just can’t get past the idea of it being worn — maybe often maybe not — by others.
However, this is the year of new. And it’s time for me to expand my shopping horizons.
So off to the local Goodwill Store I went today on a mission to uncover that stylish outfit waiting just for me. I knew I needed shorts as it is summer time and I own none. Okay, first goal: find and purchase shorts that do not scream soccer mom. Next, I was looking for any other item that would capture my attention and my sense of style. I was also really hoping to uncover a brightly colored purse.
I began browsing through the racks and immediately felt self conscious. Why did I feel self-conscious? I have no idea. Whether I went to admit it or not, I suppose I do worry about others’ opinions. And I want to be considered hip, attractive, and stylish. Honestly, none of these words come to mind when considering shopping at a Goodwill. Such a stupid thing , really to be suckered into such a consumerism way of thinking.
As I came upon the dresses, I browsed the racks not looking for anything in particular. Then, I found it — hidden between a black velvet mandarin collar dress and an evening gown. It was the cutest sundress ever in a hippie, bold print. Perfect with flip flops for a casual lunch or with leggings and heels for a dinner out.
Next up, time to peruse the shorts. Ugh…..I don’t really care for buying shorts anytime so this was going to be a challenge. I am 5 foot 3 inches tall. It doesn’t take much to make me look short and stumpy. Cutting my legs off in just the wrong place does not do me any favors. Not to mention, it is super easy to look far too inappropriate in shorts that are too short — like a 40 year old trying too hard to hang on to her youth — or shorts that are too long — screaming I am now in the frumpy mom stage of life. It is very difficult — very, very difficult — I cannot overstate how difficult it is to find a pair of shorts that is comfortable and flattering. Okay, denim shorts. Okay, is denim “in” now or will I look like a reject of the 90s? Better to be safe than sorry — pass. After thumbing through so many (very ugly) options, I found one pair that I was semi-satisfied with.
Please, let me know what you think. I’m pretty pleased with my Goodwill Store finds today. I paid less than $10 for both outfits, I tried something new, and I lived out the philosophy of reduce, reuse, recycle. All in all, a great first!