Thursday, October 13, 2011
Day 283: Items Purchased: 0, Temptation Radar: 0
Once upon a time, on a very normal Thursday, the most unusual thing happened: I was thrifted!!!! It’s always exciting to find a second-hand treasure at an affordable price, but when someone thrifts YOU and they do it successfully, that’s a real jolt! I visited my mom today who had done some shopping at a charity thrift sale recently. My sister was part of organizing it, so mother got first dibs on the rummaging. Pleasantly surprised by her fashionable eye, I was thrilled to see she landed 2 rompers: one pants and one shorts, a great pair of dress slacks and blouse from Ann Taylor. The best part? She chose them for me!
This is probably a good time to disclose that my family is a little bizarre when it comes to purging things. I become frustrated with clutter pretty easily. So, it’s not difficult for me to part with things, and dump them rather impulsively. My mother and sister, on the other hand, save everything, and can find a practical use for almost anything. So, as a standing rule, I donate clothing to my mom or sister, who are too nice to tell me if they dislike, and ruled by the gift of preservation and their parsimonious ways rarely give things away. After all, what if they need them later? Thus, my mom’s garage could be doubled for a homeless clothing shelter akin to, let’s say, Salvation Army. And, because of this, occasionally, we can be found shopping our own garage sale. With that in mind, you can understand how it was possible for my mother to present me with one last “thrift” find, which actually WAS my dress, gifted to my sister, donated to garage sale pile and subject to final baggage check by my mom who “thought I would like it.”
I did like it, certainly more today than the day I got rid of it 2 years ago. So, I took it back for round 2.
And that, my friends, is how you end up thrifting your own thrift.