february has historically been a HORRIBLE month. simply the worst.
how do i hate february? let me count the ways: the weather, the post-holiday/pre-spring slump, 2/15/10 :(, the week of sun portland gets followed by the month of complete rain left in the aftermath, and, well, valentines day is silly.
as i say farewell to january, i am trying to be optimistic about this dreary winter month that lays ahead. i really am looking forward to: my best friend’s wedding, starting a new job (and that raise), THREE trips to the motherland (washington), crafting new friendships, spending gloomy nights watching it’s always sunny with that one girl, and continuing to cultivate this life i am standing on the edge of, toes inching closer to the jumping point.
that said, what made me happy THIS month? the shit load of new followers that popped up in january!! yes, yes, y’all!! :)
i can never find things at goodwill that are as fabulous and fashionable as the ones you find! am i just not looking hard enough or do i just don't have the luck? like, thrifted Sperrys? and awesome boots? what the hell? where are mine?!
Fabulous?! Well, thanks!! :)
Sigh…. I KNOW that 99% of my thrifting luck is based on location, 1% on dedication. Portland is a mecca for thrifted goods and this is because a lot of great brands are based out of this area or have distribution centers near here, and when they have overstock, they donate it locally.
However, if you look hard enough (with a trained eye), you will be able to find treasures amongst the crap. And there is a A LOT of crap. It has taken me about a year to be able to walk past a rack and pull out every brand I like, simply based on stitching, fabric material, color.
My advice is to look hard, look often, and search the ENTIRE store. Mediums are mixed in with extra smalls, men’s clothes are mixed in with children’s clothes… BUT knowing the color/fabric you’re looking for will help cut down on the sifting.
As for shoes, yeah… good shoes are a bitch to come by… so save your money by thrifting for easier to find items, and splurge on expensive, quality shoes.
The benefit of the Ramen Noodle Budget plan is that it enables you to buy things cheaply. But you should be warned the mentality of budget shopping can often lead to overbuying and compulsive shopping.
While you might be drawn toward final sales and coupon codes like a moth to the flame, just…
Yes! Thrift stores are stocked with 1) cheap crap at an even cheaper price, and 2) quality, sturdy clothes at an affordable price. Look for number two only.