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19 February 2013 @ 10:27 pm
I do my clothes shopping at thrift stores. Mostly at Savers since they're big and all over MA/RI. I shop at thrift stores partially due to budget, partially due to the guilt I don't get over buying/donating clothes and making it a cycle, and mostly out of my firm conviction to 'reduce, reuse, recycle'.

Yesterday there was a 50% off holiday sale for clothes and shoes. I told my mother about it the other day and she gave me $20 to spend because my birthday is coming up and she knew that would get me quite a bit.

I got a little green pencil box (sick of keeping my pens all disorganised in my little desk box meant for desk tools), a pair of forest-green jeans (love), one short-sleeved button-down (another muted green because apparently I take great pleasure in pretending to be a tree), three long-sleeved button-downs (one black with hidden designs, one purple with darker purple stripes, one black with various purple stripes), and two pairs of slacks (one black and one dark-ish beige, XL from the boy's section).

Slightly embarrassing to be shopping from the boy's section but hey, some of them fit, they're cheap to begin with ($3-4) and with 50% off? I think 'yes' is my answer to $1.50-2.00 slacks that fit. I'll just have to look for XL shirts next time, too. (And I used to seek out the XL girl's section for dresses, honestly, because they were more likely to fit my height even if they didn't fit my bust... *sigh*)

Anyway, I checked the pocket of the dark-beige slacks and found a piece of folded up paper. It has a polar bear and a squirrel dressed up in winter clothes and ice-skating on a pond. On it is written, in a young boy's hand writing:

Ephesians 5:20

Giving the thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

I like the addition of "the". I wonder how his parents or guardians would feel about his old slacks being worn by a heathen lesbian... *Grins.*

Thanks for the trousers, anyway!

[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]
Current Mood: gigglyGiggly.
minervas_eule: readingminervas_eule on February 20th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
You'd never find a paper-slip like that one over here in Germany...The presence of religion in US society still amazes me...;
it made a huge impression on me 25 years ago and changed me into being much more open about it as well...
CaroRulescarorules on February 20th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I sometimes shop at thrift stores too, I like the whole "giving a 2nd life" to clothes.

I also sometimes buy from the boy's section, esp socks ;)
?elsceetaria on February 20th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I buy nearly all my clothes at thrift stores for much of the same reasons you list. I miss my favoritist thrift store ever - A Salvation Army in Chicago, which got a mix of nerdy and really very nice/expensive items. On Saturdays, color of the week was $0.69. I would go in and buy a big bag of clothes. I think I tripled the size of my wardrobe while living there.

Down here, the best I can find are Goodwills, which charge tons more as there are blanket prices per clothing categories. Even at half price color of the week, some items cost more than they would have at full price at SA of win. It's still cheaper than buying new, but knowing about awesome thrift store, I just can't like GW as much.