Sunday, September 07, 2008

Shopping Binge



What?! Spider Girl went on a shopping binge?!

Yes, armloads (two) of stuff came home with me in a unprecedented, out-of-character consumer frenzy. It was hours of trooping from shop to shop with my friend Sherry, and the shopping beast was temporarily unleashed within me yesterday afternoon...

The good news is, of course, that the stores were all second-hand ones and no credit ratings/bank accounts were drained in the process.

Do NOT, do NOT buy clothes at retail prices.It is INSANE how much they are charging for things when you can get the same thing in brand-new condition for three bucks.

It's amazing, actually, how much a girl can wring out of a twenty-dollar bill: two pairs of shoes, five tops, a very pretty skirt, two sparkly dressup purses for my preschool kids, two bags of building blocks (also for the kids), and this amazing bright and beautiful-ugly prism bead curtain which I am planning on taking apart so I can hang strings of it in a window at the preschool to catch the light.

And the good thing is that when I buy stuff for the preschool I can pay myself back from the recycled-bottle fund that I take care of. Excellent use of a frighteningly huge amount of empty juice boxes in my garage.

So, all told, I didn't spend a whole lot of cash....but I was reminded of why I stay well away from thrift stores and garage sales usually. Note to self: I BUY stuff. Good gravy.

It was a very fun day though,and I managed to catch up on things with an old friend. Also, we had dinner at the Gatehouse in Cumberland: their wild mushroom salad is divine!

6 comments:

Sacred Suzie said...

I can not believe the deals you got! I have no luck with shopping but I rarely go, that's probably part of the problem. Way to go on all your treasures!

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

Mmmmm.... gatehouse....

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Fun. And strategically clever. Get in, get out with what you need. Nobody gets hurt. You should wear army fatigues next time and combat crawl past the malls.

Pol* said...

I'm with you 100% on that one. Some people get creeped out by used clothes, I don't get that. These same people will try on clothes that others have tried on, and go swimming in public pools and even go bowling (now those shoes almost gross ME out)No figgurin' some folks. Good for you for the thrifty finds!

PBS said...

Yay for you and your bargains! I love shopping for clothes, but at thrift stores and rummage sales. Nearly everything I own has been previously owned. Brand new things have no "vibe" they feel dead to me! Same with furniture and kick-knacks, new things have no personality or soul.

Pol* said...

Spider
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