I realized the other day that about 65% of the things I own came from a thrift store. And most of my favorite things that I own came from a thrift store, for that matter. There are several things I love about thrifting, the more obvious one being the low cost. Another, perhaps more important, element of thrifting is the hunt. I love the hunt. I have gotten better at thrifting, meaning that I go into the store with an IDEA of what I want. Otherwise, I will inevitably come home with more projects (I already have MANY) and things that I don’t really need. Also, I have gotten better about weeding out my items before getting in line. Albeit painful, I have learned to ask myself, “Is this really $8 cute?” Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Sometimes you just reeeeeeeally need that silly sweater with a felted chicken on it circa 1983.
With winter upon us, I needed to re-up on some warm clothing, so I headed out on a mission yesterday. I spend 3 hours at Quality Thrift yesterday, and ended up spending $40 (which in thrift store money is like $400!!). I found some sun dresses to wear while Connor and I are in Hawaii in December (!!!), some fun vintage sweaters, a few skirts for work.
Here are some gems that I’ve found lately:
I have even found some really cool gifts** for people at thrift stores, unique things that they appreciate and that are cool enough to eclipse the fact that it was used and only $10.
Also, I made these yesterday:
Winter isn’t only about sweaters. It’s about baking, too =)
Here is the recipe for these delicious Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, which I found on Baker Girl’s blog:
1/2 cup (1 stick) + 6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, optional
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips