>> Friday, February 26
A few days ago, I came across the word "thrifting." Not knowing exactly what it meant, I looked it up in Wikipedia.
This is what I found:
Thrifting refers to the act of shopping at a thrift store, flea market, garage sale, or a shop of a charitable organization, usually with the intent of finding interesting items at a cheap price.
A larger philosophy permeates the act of thrifting which celebrates the recycling of formerly-owned items, finding new use and new love for vintage material goods which had been thrown out, and the thrill of imagining what the former life of the item was like.
Then it struck me: I have been thrifting for many many years and these days, it has finally become fashionable!
When my brother, mom and I arrived to the US over 20 years ago, we had 3 suitcases of clothes and some mementos with us and nothing else. We arrived in Reno, Nevada in March and it was still winter. We were ill-prepared for the snow and the cold.
Quickly we learned of the downtown Salvation Army. My mom and I were amazed and delighted at all the fabulous bargains we found, some at only 10 cents each!
A short conversation with the Salvation Army cashier revealed that all the items in the thrift store were donated by people who no longer needed or wanted them. It was a novel concept for all of us.
We stocked up on the basics: plates, kitchen ware, beddings, furniture and of course, winter clothing.
We happily trudged in the snow from the bus stop carrying our brown paper bags full of "thrifted" items. We needed all of them. Our apartment was bare.
My brother and I had our first "dinner" of Hunt's pork and beans with on a Salvation Army plate. Well, he didn't even use a plate really. All he needed was a can opener.
Many of the ingenious finds from more than 20 years ago survive today and have found a home here in Florida. I never stopped thrifting.
Here are some of the treasures I have found over the years: