Yep, this challenge has definitely helped me to streamline my purchases. It does cut out the little unnecessary expenditures here and there. The crappy toys from the $2 shop for one – to my son’s dismay! And when I am at the mall and see a sale sign in a shop window, I just don’t even walk in anymore.
On the odd occasion that I do waltz in to an op-shop I do so with no expectations. I don’t go in looking for a nice frock or anything in particular. I go in thinking ‘Come to me, chance encounters’, and sometimes they do! Like the other day: as I sauntered past my local op-shop, pushing buggy and pulling child, I just happened to casually gaze into the store. That’s when I saw, hanging on a rack, a child’s wetsuit! For only $5! Bargain! I’ve been looking for one of those for ages and they are always at least $50 new. It was a total bargain AND a lucky coincidence. I think that’s what makes for a good opshopping experience; the unexpected success.
We were getting on so well until I decided to give my lovely lady a wash. Call me crazy but I don’t hand wash anything if I can help it. Only the stuff that looks very fragile, and says clearly on washing instructions to do so, gets the royal treatment. This particular item said no such thing. So in she went with like colours. As you have probably surmised from the tone of this paragraph, when it came time to retrieve my beautiful new dress from the washer I was distraught! She had unravelled all along the top! “Nooo!” I cried like a Hollywood starlet. Then: “Whyyy!!?”
While my son comforted me on the laundry floor, I assessed the damage. All was not lost. This mess could be easily fixed with a quick hemming job. Pity I don’t own a sewing machine. I hate sewing is probably why. But until such time as I can get myself to a sewing machine my new dress can be worn as a long skirt, the mess hidden by a top.