Thrift stores give me anxiety. I’ve avoided them for years. I like getting rid of things. I want to be the one donating to Goodwill, not shopping there. LC snapchats me on the regular with all her vintage finds from second hand shops. How do people find these hidden gems? I can never figure it out.
I go to stores with a purpose, to find a specific item, in a designated amount of time with a price range in mind. I can’t remember the last time I went to the mall to just browse around. This is why I’m not a good thrifter. I can’t fathom how you could go to Goodwill looking for a specific item. God only knows what you’re going to find when you go there. Could that be the point? Why has no one ever let me in on this little secret?
On this particular Saturday I went to Goodwill hoping to find something I could use as a flower pot (future DIY post to come). It was a general enough item that it didn’t get my blood pressure rising, or at least not yet. I had no agenda on said Saturday, which I’ve discovered is the key to success when thrifting, and was pleasantly surprised at what I found. LC had just found a great purse at her local thrift store so after quickly finding my flower pot (for only $1.99 I might add) I decided to browse the purses. That’s when I found this little treasure - shoulder strap, wristlet, brand new, slightly edgy (it had metal studs). Well hello new little bag, I will gladly take you home for $8. All of this good fortune, a pot and a purse, led me to browse the dresses. I will admit I tried on five, which all fit terribly, before landing on this gem that fit like a glove. That’s right, this girl paid $6.99 for a mint condition dress from Express via Goodwill. Macklemore said it best, “ ‘bout to go and get some compliments.” On my next date I’ll smile because my drink cost more than my purse. No guy has to know that though, it’ll be my little secret.
My relationship with my local Goodwill strangely mirrors my life this last year. Taking a step back, seeing what happens, and being open to what I might find. I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
Give it a try. You might be surprised what you find, or what finds you.