I’ve been having a wonderfully relaxing spring break. I can’t believe it’s almost over. It’s been great to catch up on little projects around the house, get some reading done and sleep in until the luxurious hour of 7:30 everyday (I normally get to work at 7:10 every morning).
I’ve also had time to do a good bit of shopping, looking for some new work essentials. And I’ve noticed how my shopping habits have changed. I tried going to the malls several times this week, looking in various stores for some great blouses, slacks and dresses. But in every store I went to, I ended up coming out empty handed. Sure, I would find stuff to try on, but an element wouldn’t fit right, or I wouldn’t like the print, or it would be too expensive. I’m very willing to alter or have altered cheaper items that I find, but if I’m already paying $74 for a dress, I want it to be perfect or almost perfect to start with. Even though I have the money to actually buy things in the mall now, I still don’t find shopping there very satisfying.
Then I went to some of my favorite thrift stores, and found a few great gems at each one. Like this tunic that I’m wearing today – it was a mere $6. Sure, I had to sew up the neckline a bit so that my girls don’t fall out, but that wasn’t a big deal. I found some great work dresses too, and some shorts that are long enough to wear to the field day coming up at my school. So I guess I’m starting to find that I really, truly love second-hand shopping more than mall shopping. There’s not anything wrong with mall shopping, I just often find it unsatisfying. I like it when I already know that the store will have exactly what I want, like my Gap Curvy jeans. But other than that, I like the thrill of the hunt and the excellent deals that come with buying second-hand, in real life or online.
(And of course, I love shopping at local boutiques and buying handmade as well. I like it when I actually know who I am supporting with my money.)
Do you prefer shopping at the mall or second-hand shopping? If money wasn’t an issue, would that change your mind?
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