Poor Miss Em! We last heard from her when I posted her happy response to the Super Bowl. She called yesterday, with a litany of woes.
1. She got a pull in the fairly expensive Anthropologie sweater I bought via Ebay (not the one I wrote about: the one she REALLY wanted).
2. She got a snag and small hole in the tights I got her from Garnet Hill.
3. An opal fell out of my old ring that I bequeathed to her.
She apologized for calling, saying that she knew her concerns were "shallow and trivial." She was so happy when I said, "No big deal. It's just stuff. The first two can be repaired. And the opal was tiny, so it probably won't show." No, I'm not mad.
This brought me back to the younger days of my children, when holes and stains and snags were an everyday occurrence. Whenever something got ruined, I would think "Thank heavens it's from a thrift store!"
So, in addition to saving money, thrift shopping saves on stress. Your kids can splash through those puddles and skid through the dirt. It's OK.