Michelle and I decided to thrift store shop instead of cook this week for an upcoming trip. Michelle is as non-materialistic as I am, and we both prefer the thrift store to the mall.
My reasoning is because
1. Buying new is bad for the environment
2. It’s more expensive
3. It’s bad for the environment.
Granted, I realize not everything can be bought used, but a lot of it can. I drive a used car, live in a used house, read used books, store my used clothes in a used dresser and cook in a used crock-pot. Other than bathing suits, undergarments and shoes, I try to buy all my clothes used. (And that’s when I buy clothes at all.) I wish I cared more about clothes, but I just don’t. I’m much more interested in the fact that my hair and clothes are clean, and I smell good. And when I’m talking to someone or I meet someone new, the last thing going through my head is what brand name they have on their shirt, or what kind of bag they carry. I really don’t give a rat’s ass. I’m much more interested in what they are saying and how they treat me.
Besides, there is no way anyone could have as much fun in the mall as we had in the thrift shop. There were no dressing rooms so we tried the clothes on—on top of our own clothes. And when that didn’t work, we hid between the racks of clothing and “watched out” for one another. Mostly because someone may or may not have been wearing a thong. But you’ll never know…because I’ll never tell.
We did come away with a couple good finds. For my upcoming move to the heat of the south I bought:
1 red dress: $4
1 mauve dress $9
1 purple dress $4
1 orange tank top $2
(a day in the thrift shop with Michelle—priceless. ) Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Just a shame I won’t be able to wear my dresses in the garden, which is where I plan to live for the following two seasons. Michelle came out with 1 dress and a handful of shirts. We looked fabulous, except for a couple of times…which I’m sure Michelle will share with you!
And yes, we did do our homework BEFORE we went out to play. We spent more time editing than we did shopping. Such good little writers.
Cooking: Atkins will officially be over very soon and we can get back to the crock-pot and other real food. Yippee! But while on Atkins, Michelle could eat egg and fat, so we made egg salad. She ate hers plain but my brother-in-law’s girlfriend shared a Martha Stewart recipe with me for egg salad I’d never tried. It was soooo good! Two hard-boiled eggs, lots of fresh mint, 1-tablespoon light mayo, 1-tablespoon spicy mustard, 2 packets of Splenda, salt and pepper, and sliced cucumbers fresh from the garden, served on pita bread. I forgot the mint and left out the Splenda and it was excellent. I plan on trying it again in its entirety.