I had yesterday off, and it was a good day for recycling. I had a couple of things on my list, and was able to fill at least one of them. The weather kept me from accomplishing all I wanted, and I just plain ran out of gas.
HighGuy needs jeans, so I went to Kmart for them. I’d looked at a couple of thrift stores, but finding his size was impossible. Either it’s a size that’s popular, or no one recycles them. It might be that jeans that size get worn out — like HighGuy’s.
I was looking for new tops for myself. I’ve started going through my closet and taking out tops that I don’t wear. As I tried each one on, I wondered, “Why in the heck did I buy this?” I suppose I thought I would wear them under jackets or coordinate with jackets or pants.
With my new job, I don’t have to dress up every day. I love that. I can wear jeans every day of the week. In the past, I’ve reserved jeans for the weekends, but now I don’t have to. So now what do I wear on my “weekends”? I guess I can wear sweatpants, but I prefer jeans.
I’ve thought about ditching all my blazers, but I can’t quite bring myself to do that. There are a few that I really like, and I can still wear them with jeans. I used to wear blazers because the office I worked in was typically chilly on cold winter days (and equally so on hot summer days). Layering clothes was an easy way to look professional and be warm.
People at the office where I work now say that the heating and cooling is no better there, but so far, I haven’t seen it. One layer is all I’ve needed. I took a sweatshirt to the office and put it on my chair, but so far, I haven’t needed it. So, I’ve been looking for tops I can just pull on and go. That’s generally how quickly I get ready in the mornings, too.
I only made it to a couple of thrift shops yesterday. I’d spent the morning doing stuff around the house, so I didn’t get out there until nearly 2 p.m. I didn’t find anything at the shop down on 32nd Street, so I went to another one. Yay! I found five tops to try on, and three of them fit. I only bought two, however, because the third one just didn’t quite roll my socks up and down. I’ve made it a personal policy that if I buy something at the thrift store, it has to really fit and not need any alterations. I have to look at it and say, “Yes.”
This way, I’m not buying anything that just “has potential” or “needs a little work.” I’m not taking something home that I may not wear again, or loading up my closet with a bunch of stuff that I’m only lukewarm about. I’m just now finding out how wasteful that is. I have stuff in my closet that I should never have bought. And I’m turning that around for the new year.
I have a box half full of stuff to go back to the thrift shop. I have puzzles in there, too. If I weren’t babysitting today, I’d probably have a jigsaw puzzle splattered all over my piece of plywood, cut just the right size for puzzles of 1,500 pieces. (For smaller puzzles I use the back side of a big poster picture frame.)
When I first started thrift-shopping, I kept it quiet. I didn’t want people to think I was poor or anything. Pfft. Now I’m just being thrifty. Why pay full price for a garment I may only wear one season? Why pay full price for something that I only need temporarily? Sure, I like to go to the big stores and see what’s there, but I can’t justify paying $70 for a blazer that doesn’t really suit me. Heck, now I won’t even pay half that for a blazer.
I love finding a bargain, and now I love finding a bargain at the thrift shops. But it has to be something I’ll really use.