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Things I Did NOT Buy At The Thrift Store

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Yard Sale Season.  It has been a warm Spring here in Virginia and already I am seeing ads for sales. Yeah!  I don’t go to as many sales as I used to, but I do like the beginning of the selling season when folks are cleaning out after months of living cooped up in their homes with too much stuff.  I enjoy the sales at this time of the year because the morning weather tends to be bearable (for a few more weeks, anyway).

I, too, have been cleaning out my clothes closets lately, getting rid of things that don’t fit (too big) and things that even though they fit again, I would never wear.  Shoulder pads are never coming back into style, right?

Every time I drop off stuff at the thrift store, I am pulled inside to “just take a look around.”  Oh, yeah!  I haven’t mentioned it, but I’ve been losing weight.  A lot.  I have dropped three sizes since last August, and I’m still losing.  That said, I need clothes that fit, but I’m not inclined to go to Macy’s or Kohl’s or Dillard’s and spend a fortune just yet.

I have had some great luck finding some nice pants at a couple of different thrifts in the area including new items by Ralph Lauren, Levis, Talbots, Coldwater Creek, just to name a few.  If I can add a few nice tops to the mix, I’m good for work clothes  until I drop another size or two.

My take on what makes a good thrift store: nice/clean clothing, miscellaneous household items, odd and interesting decorator items and furniture, great used books including extensive cookbook selections, dishes and kitchenware and glassware, vintage anything, and no kid stuff.  I am so not into kids stuff, or kids for that matter.

Where am I going with this, you ask?  What things did I not buy at the thrift store last weekend?   Argh!  Just say no!

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4 thoughts on “Things I Did NOT Buy At The Thrift Store

  1. First of all congratulations on losing the weight. I tried a pair of pants on this morning from last summer and oh boy, I could hardly get that zip up. Have been trying hard to get into a good routine and after this morning I think I have that added incentive. More and more people I know are buying from Thrift Stores. They get a lot of good things but so far I have had no luck, probably because I don’t like shopping anyway and my friends do and go more often.

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  2. It’s Tulip’s mom again, doing pretty well. I liked your thrift shop notes, which reminded me that the DC area probably has some of the best, due to the churn caused by the electoral process. The best time I remember was when Bill Clinton was elected and all the Republican money left town, selling everything from the family silver to $10,000 evening gowns in the thrift shops. I bet 2008 was the same. My personal favorite was the Christ Child Opportunity Shop in Georgetown. Is it still there?

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    • Hey Sandy! I’m still so sorry about Tulip … I know a lot of dogs look alike, but Tulip and Clover could have been twins (except maybe in behavior as I think Tulip was a quieter girl.)
      Living out in the boondocks, I don’t see as much turnover at the thrifts related to new administrations, but I bet the shops in town do a great business! I pretty much stick to my neighborhoods and hit up three or four regularly. I always try to take a bag to donate every time I go so its a wash, right?
      Hope you are doing well.
      Best,
      D.

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