It’s 6:58 am. Thirty-eight people shuffle their feet in front of a store, waiting for the doors to unlock. They’re sleepy, but poised for a treasure hunt. I’m standing with them. I'm stealthily dressed in a loose tank dress and slip-off shoes. A small purse with a long strap is draped over one shoulder and across my body, holding only a debit card, a finely curated shopping list, and Burt’s Bees lip balm.
I had my morning shot of Diet Coke. I listened to loud, happy music on the drive in and I sang along, loud and happy. The anticipation amplifies. I’m pumped.
I hear the theme from Rocky in my head.
Okay, now you're just getting weird, I think to myself.
The doors open. It's time to play.
It’s 50% off day at the thrift store. I’m ready!
Amidst the fun of the 4th of July weekend—filled with food, fireworks, and a mass of mosquito bites (welcome back, little Beelzebubs)—I found a bit of time for a cheerful jaunt to the thrift store.
It was what I call a “jackpot” day.
Five summery dresses. Five. In my size. In my style. And most certainly in my budget. None made more than a $6 dent in my debit card.
I brought my dresses home to my three boys. The response? Kind. They care, of course. But they don’t care, you know, like dress hoarders do. Any dress hoarders out there? I need a little share 'n care.
Dress #1: the doily dress
Right side, left side.
The dress had ties sewn into the side seams. Didn’t like ‘em. Took ‘em out. Now it’s just right.
Dress #2: the linen flowers dress
Dress #3: the girly-girl dress
This dress is frilly, no doubt—more frills than I’m used to. But it was unusual enough to catch my eye. I love the texture of raw edges, and this has lots of raw-edge and machine-embroidered detail. I played down the girly-girlness a bit by pairing it with jeans and heavy shoes.
A close-up of those pretty details.
Dress #4: the mod-pod dress
Holy bizarro. I could not NOT take this dress home. The outside layer is cotton cutwork; the inside layer is a white cotton tank-style slip. I figured, why not bizarre-it-up even more with polka-dot leggings?
Here’s hoping I’ll find a way to pull this dress off, sometime, somewhere.
Dress #5: the date night dress
Bretty likes it. Enough said. Now we just need find a date for a date!
A quick thrifting tip: if you live near a Savers or a Value Village thrift store, they announce 50% off sales a few times a year. You can sign up for their newsletter to get reminders about their sales. Next one is around Labor Day.
Thanks for letting me share my finds. I hope you had a happy weekend!