Last night I did something I haven’t done in a very long time. Last night, I went thrifting.
Since we moved to Indianapolis, I’ve mostly shopped at Goodwill and had only ventured once into Value World.
But as I thought about it today, I realized that my frequent trips to Goodwill don’t fall into the category of thrifting. Somehow Goodwill, with all of its cleanliness, fitting rooms and pricetags attached with little platic thingies, is in a whole different category. And as I recalled our trip to Value World last night, it hit me: It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to a dingy thrift store where the price is written in crayon on a piece of cardboard and stapled to the item. I’ve missed it!
Thrifting is nothing new to me. I’ve been doing it for years and still do. My whole family goes thrifting and sometimes, we go together. My parents are always stopping into a thrift store to kill time and each Christmas, do much of their shopping at thrift stores.
Back in the day (’94-’96), we would spend all day Saturday driving around Nashville, thrifting. We would hit one Salvation Army and then head to Southern Thrift. We would end up at Music City thrift and at the end of the day, would always have so much good stuff. We would find old records, quirky mugs, fun tshirts with crazy stuff printed on them, vintage/70’s dresses, old Levi’s, amazing cordurouy pants, warm and funky wool sweaters and on and on and on. And the best part was sharing that day’s adventure with each other.
So when Emily exclaimed after dinner last night, “Let’s go to Value World!” and everyone else agreed, I got so excited. Going to a thrift store with friends and without children might just be one of the most exciting and fun things to do these days. (Yes, I know, what a boring life I lead! Still…).
We had a blast finding all kinds of things, stuff for us and stuff for each other. We looked for things for Katy’s kitchen and for Emily’s Etsy shop. And of course now, my focus has shifted from tacky tshirts and vintage clothing to purses, name brand clothes and gently used children’s items.
It was so much fun to walk in, spread out and then reconvene to show each other what we found. I got to hang out with Sarah, Casey, Katie and Angie, in real life and not just on Twitter!
I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed thinking about it today and reminiscing about our high school days.
Thrifting is almost always fun; a journey and adventure with unlimited possibilities. So I just might have to get out to Value World more often.
One’s trash is another one’s treasure, right?!