It feels like we announced the November thrift challenge a year ago! This month Katie and I challenged each other to check things off our thrift wish lists. I really wanted a tartan pencil skirt, black and white striped dress, and leopard print boots. I was also helping out with a play this month so I wanted to find a few hats and shoes for the actors. To refresh your memory here’s what was on my list:
My thrifting adventures were a huge fail! Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Here’s what happened: I looked for a plaid pencil skirt everywhere and found nearly 100 of them but couldn’t find exactly what I had in mind. I really want it to be tartan, not just any kind of plaid. Also, who knew there were so many wrap plaid skirts in the world? My heart skipped a beat when I found a skirt almost identical to the inspiration photo at the Salvation Army but it was so small it wouldn’t go past my big toe.
Then, I found a pair of new leopard print booties at the Village Discount Outlet, but of course they were for kids. I can usually get away with kids sizes but this just wasn’t gonna happen. Trust me, I tried shoving my foot in them many times.
I found an Ann Taylor striped dress that I thought I liked in the Salvation Army’s fitting room but absolutely hated when I got home. Good thing it was only $3 because that bad boy is going right back to the thrift store. The only success I had was finding a cabbie and straw hat for the play, Trail Magic. I also found shoes for the actor but she ended up using another pair she already owned.
So, moral of the story: persistence is key when thrifting and sometimes you just won’t find what you’re looking for – but you at least tried! I’m not going to stop until I find a fitted tartan skirt, dammit.
Katie had more luck than I did. Head over to Something to be Found to see which items she crossed off her list! Stay tuned for the December challenge next week.
Click here to read about the Thrift Challenge