Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sifting through the thrift

Bleatings from EnviRambo.

I am a recent thrift-convert. Maybe it is a sign of the times, the changing economy... although I think it has more to do with a changing mindset. There was a time in my life when I could not pass a garage/rummage/tag/estate sale, flea market, auction, or antique store without stopping to "check it out". Then I developed an aversion to them altogether. Now I find myself yearning the organized chaos, the possibility of what if, and the pride of scoring the perfect find that no one else has. Anything far removed from the overly-bright retail stores, overly-packaged new items, sensory-overloading mall, and overly-sterile shopping environment I have been living in the past ten years. In light of my new-found shopping outlook, I have scoured the internet and scored some real thrift finds in the blog world. Enjoy!

First is an inspiring article I read on Elle News Blog: A Thrift Store Shopper at Heart
Fashion is all about the thrill of the hunt for me. There is no excitement, no challenge for me in entering a mall and picking from a limited selection. A thrift store is inherently a land of infinite possibilities...
Next up is this lovely post I uncovered out of the comments from the first article: Standing naked in a thrift store
Advance Warning: This post is a bit cheeky and heavy on the word “crap”. It's a harsh word but I could not find another. Junk came to mind, but there have been many times I found value in junk. (Junk food being the exception.) Unless it’s a nitrogen-based soil amendment, crap has no value. I’m writing about pointless retail crap that will sit in a landfill for the next 250-500 years. This post felt sluggish in writing, but Anonymous Reader, living in the self-proclaimed land of the newly-wed and nearly-dead, this post is for you...
All roads lead to another... which led me to this adorable blog: Apron Thrift Girl There is nothing in particular I want to highlight about this blog, but I could not stop reading it.

For the ultimate testament to thrift, I dug up The Uniform Project. Have you heard of this? A woman is wearing one dress for 365 days to raise money for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement revolutionizing education in India. She spices up the dress daily with accessories, creating totally new looks. I guess that is one way to answer the age old question, "What to wear?"

And just for the fun of it... one of the posts on one of the many thrift blogs I sifted through led me to this place: There I Fixed It I am all for repurposing, but these just made me chuckle. I especially like the wire-rack grill. Husband of mine, don't get any funny ideas!

See you tomorrow!


Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

I love There I Fixed It!

greeen sheeep said...

I know Erin, isn't that hilarious!

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Thanks for finding these! It's nice to know there are others out there who enjoy the "hunt" of thrift shopping as much as I do :)

Kellie said...

Can't wait to read these. I love love love thrifting. I get that same "thrill of the hunt" feeling.

Farmer's Daughter said...

I guess my problem with thrift shopping is the same as with other stores: I don't buy it unless I need it or really love it. I hate spending money just for the sake of spending money.

I visited two maternity thrift shops. One was awful with no selection, and one was really nice. I have a feeling I'll head back there. I just hate this whole maternity clothes thing because I NEED to buy stuff, and I'm not used to that feeling.

Green Bean said...

LOL the fixed it blog. Gotta love green humor.

knittingwoman said...

I love the idea of the uniform project except I am not sure why she needs 7 dresses. I don't wear different things every day. I would think 3 would be sufficient for ease of wearing and washing?
You do have to be careful with thrifting that you don't get carried away and buy stuff that you don't need with the odd exception of course:)

Daisy said...

Oh, that shopping cart grill! It's amazing.
I spent time and $14.50 at a thrift store today. Savers had a Labor Day sale with 50% off everything in the store. I bought 12 books for my classroom, an electric steamer (I've used mine for 16-17 years now), and two jackets for my teenager. All of this for $14.50!!


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