Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Holy of Holies, Thrift Store Edition

Happy weekend, all!

Today I got the hankerin' to hit a thrift store. After calling three people to join me, I decided I might as well combine thrifting with a grocery store run on nearby Lake Street. Therefore, I hastened solo to Savers.

I was encouraged by their denim collection. As usual, I found some designer brands; Earl Jeans and a pair of Seven for All Mankind. They were not in my size. Anyway, I went through the sweaters, long sleeved tops, workout clothes, dresses and finally, skirts.

Anyone who knows me probably has noticed that in the summertime, I primarily wear one skirt at all times:
Summer 2007

Spring 2008

Yes, I even wore the Lux denim skirt on my wedding day on August 12, 2006! (Note as well the ever-present Caboodle, a gift from GH! At this point I had put on foundation, two types of concealer, eyebrow pencil and am dabbing imperfections with loose powder before patting down everything with pressed powder. In case you were interested.)

GH was the original owner of the skirt too! The garment was originally sold at Urban Outfitters when she bought it for around $60. Unfortunately it was too big, so being the awesome friend she is, GH gave the skirt to me! I don't know when...2004? 2005?

But as I'm sure you've guessed, today I found a nearly identical skirt at Savers!

The new one is darker in color and a size bigger:

Also it is not threadbare and falling apart like the original!

Obviously I will keep wearing the old one until it explodes. But for real, when I found the Lux skirt today I almost teared up! There are few garments in my wardrobe that are flattering and super comfortable and practical, that I love and would wear daily. I'm so thankful to have found one for $7.99!

So, I say, keep thrifting! But prices at Goodwill, Savers, etc. are going up because more folks are shopping at them to save money. Whatevs! If you're in the mood to dig, I highly recommend shopping pre-owned. Because maybe, like I did today, you will find EXACTLY what you are dreaming of finding!



Miss Non-Sequitur said...

Awesome post!! I'm so glad you find a mate for your skirt? I hope they don't do too much making out in the closet. WAIT, maybe they are twins- sisters, fraternal though.... :)

Miss Lippy said...

I know the skirt you speak of; you wore it to your sisters' graduation party three years ago. I envy it. I know how you feel about finding the perfect replacement item; when I lost a little weight on WW, I had to give up my favorite jeans but a coworker's daughter had lost weight and gave me her jeans, which happened to be the exact same ones in a smaller size! Score!