Several years ago...I don't know if it coincides with retirement...I got cheap. I don't mean trashy cheap, but fiscally conservative. I started perusing the second hand stores. I started off with the high class ones where they only took in designer labels and gently used name brand apparel. After the first taste of a Talbot's sweater purchased for $5.99, it became clear that bargains were out there everywhere. My scope of stores began to branch out to other less classy establishments where an INC skirt could be found amongst the strapless Lycra tube tops and denim mom jeans, if you just took the time to look for it. ECO Thrift became an weekly obsession.
I needed a red top to wear to a Superbowl party one year, and after finding the perfect little sweater in a thrift store, I was so distracted by my brilliance at only paying $.99 for it, I sorta squeezed through a red light on my way home. As luck would have it, the intersection was equipped with a nice camera. Needless to say, that after my "day in court", I had to do community service for 20 hours. I chose "merchandising" in a Goodwill store. There you could get the "good stuff" as it came in, even if the real employees do treat you like a felon!
|This sucker weighed at least 20 pounds!|
The shop's owner said they had the gown for over two years. It had been marked down from $750 at least 3 or 4 times in an effort to sell it. It was my lucky day, I guess, because with my 10% off discount, I walked out of the store a whole $27.00 poorer.
My "bargain" scarf is lovely and sparkly...and heavy! I guess it might be a bit much with those $2.99 Calvin Klein jeans I found in Goodwill, but I'm sure I'll find a place to wear it eventually. And when I do, I will chuckle to myself as I swoosh it casually over my shoulder in my best "you just wish you were me" snotty style.