Thrift, Baby, Thrift!

Am I allowed to write a love letter to thrift stores? Why, yes! I can write about anything that tickles my fancy on this blog. My love of treasure hunting is passionate. Just the idea of making a quick stop to peruse the aisles gives me a warm feeling in my belly. Maybe a little weird, I understand. There’s a lot to love about it and besides the thrill of the hunt, I love the common humanity piece that it connects. It’s the reason that, for the time being, I sell on EBay. Let me explain.

Have you ever found a pair of shorts that feel so good when you wear them; perfect fit and length, but they no longer sell them new? Have you had a piece from your favorite set of dishes break? What about a special game you played as a kid at your grandmother’s house and thinking about it brings you such a cozy feeling? I could go on and on with examples. Amazon and other online shopping can meet most needs nowadays and sometimes be delivered the same day, but reselling websites and secondhand shopping can provide certain items that are hard to get or quite unique. 

In addition to just finding that replacement dish or pair of shorts from two seasons ago, buying this way can just bring simple joy! Imagine finding a watch that looks just like the one your grandfather wore or a beautiful piece of vintage fabric that will add character to your home. Not everything that glitters is gold. New is sometimes necessary, but not always the best. To sound like a stereotypical “older gal”, they just don’t make them like they used to. Isn’t that the truth?! 

If you take away the thrill of thrifting and being able to find treasures from long ago, you also have the environmental benefit of shopping secondhand. It’s especially great for kids’ clothing! They wear clothing for such short seasons during their growing years. I’ve always wished I could do a “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” on my daughter’s clothing to make them fit me because they are so cute. The majority of her wardrobe has been secondhand because I love brands like Mini Boden and Matilda Jane, but don’t love those price tags, especially for such a short amount of wear time. Rhea Lana Consignment Sales are wonderful for this. Search to see if they host one in your area!

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and I know some feel it’s a bit gross. I get that. I’m not buying and wearing other people’s old nundywear, but most everything else is on the table. I do my best not to think about that ghost story I read in middle school about the girl who dies in the graveyard after wearing a secondhand party dress, but I digress…

If you’ve made it this far, it’s because you love me and tolerate my excitement, are really bored and have nothing else to read, OR you love thrifting as much as I do 🙂 Thanks for reading. Happy Shopping! 

Checkmate!

We carved out designated tech-free time this morning to play dress up magnets with R and a game of chess with B. I’d forgotten which direction my pieces could move and pulled out this book from my Usborne collection. I hadn’t looked into it yet, but it’s quite cool! It’s interactive with stickers and would be excellent for older kids to really understand strategy and the ins and outs of the game. Although we got off track with vacations and whatnot, I’ve challenged my son to work through it this summer (although that means he’s going to kick my butt even faster than he did today 😳)

Pairing this book and an inexpensive chess set would be a really great gift! B learned to play about age 9 and I’ve been surprised by how much he took to it and he even added a session of it for summer camp a couple of years ago! If you have a master chess player in your crowd, take a look at the Usborne Books & More website for a couple more fun options, so you don’t end up in a stalemate. 🙂

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