I told my dad, "The most I will spend in here is 30 to 45 minutes. Don't worry. Go park under the tree and take a nap."
He did. But it wasn't because I told him to. It was because he always takes naps in the afternoon no matter where we are.
I went in and was greeting by the giant "3 for 1" sign dangling from the grey ceiling. To my right were the shoes. Colorful, old, tacky and wonderful, and to the rest of the perimeter around me was a field of treasures waiting to be found. I asked a lady what the 3 for 1 sign met. She told me anything with a white tag is buy one get two free. Sweet.
I went up and down each aisle like a huntress ready to prowl on a prey at any moment. Sweatdrops were skiing down the slopes of my forehead and my arms were getting sore from my plastic basket of smelly old clothing. I had only planned on going down the dress and skirt section but I decided to do the rest of them as well. Plus my dad hadn't called yet so I figured I was still in good time. I wanted to pick up everything that caught my eye but I had to restrain my inner urges. I had to remember it's still money and things add up.
The hardest part of my thrift and why it took so long was because of the sale. I had to find three items, with white tags. I tried to match things according to price but when it came down to it I had four items. Should I go out into the wild again and find two more pieces or take one out?
It took me 30 minutes to decide what to do.
I went with the latter choice and quickly paid. I looked at my clock it was almost 5. I went in at 2:30. Something was made clear that day: 30 minute thrifts are impossible.
I ended up with three bags of stuff. Or more like 2.5 bags of stuff because the lady placed the shoes in a separate bag.
The GREATEST pants I have ever met: $2. I love them. LOVE them. This was the first thing I saw and I immediately knew it would be a good thrift day. I don't know if I should keep the integrity of the pants or shorten them to a shorts/skirt looking thing which would make it easier to wear. Hmmm...Suggestions?
Vintage Summer Dress: $3. It's such such a cute dress. I love it. Too bad it has some obvious stains on the color. I thought it wouldn't fit when I bought it but it does and I am very joyful about it.
LBD, LBCD (little black cocktail dress): Doesn't fit, hence my somber face. Shoot man. I think I might try my hand at ebay this summer.
Silk Shoulder-Padded-Goodness Blazer: Part of the 3 for 1. My price paid was $5 for the leather skirt so it was 3 for $5. Lets see if we divide that...we get...$1.67. I bought it because it reminds me of the Moschino Blazer in the exact same color that I fell in love with but could not afford. This will have to do.
Hat with little feather: $3 The hat is kinda small for my head. But I think I'll wear it like that. Like those little clown hats or those little hats that tightrope walkers wear at the circus? Oh! Circus hats! I want one..
Minnetonka booties: $4
Leather Skirt: $5
Dress: The last piece of the 3 for 1. It's actually quite big and ugly but I will make it cute. I just really liked the details on the front.
But other than my brief thrifting/teeth cleaning/dim sum excusion, I still have been sewing non stop. Last night I went to sleep at nearly 4 in the morning and woke up today around 8:40. I don't know how I even managed to wake up. It seems like I'm not even tired. Weird. Maybe I've been zombie-fied.
More pictures of my collection making in the progress. Oh I'm so excited!