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Monday, July 5, 2010

Frugality and Destiny: Thrift Store Compliments

Yesterday, I wrote about my efforts to depart ever so slightly from the frugal path, only to realize once more that it may be my destiny. This was brought home to me YET AGAIN at Goodwill.

I was cruising the racks in my usual blissed-out way. Another woman was doing the same, only she had a shopping cart (or buggy, as one says here) with two little kids in it. She suddenly burst out. "You're so lucky!" I snapped out of my reverie. She continued, "You're so thin! You can wear anything!"

I was wearing, if you must know, my Lands' End tunic, which I got on sale for about $11.00. It is sold as a beach cover-up, and has since gone up a few dollars. Still quite reasonable, I think. With it, I sported a pair of Athleta capri sport leggings, which I had gotten at GW.

I thanked her and we separated. We met up again. She said, "I had two babies after 40! It's so hard to find clothes." I commiserated and said that my younger child was born when I was 38. Then she said, "I love your look. You look so European chic."

I kid you not.

Compare to my experience, recounted yesterday, of my miserable time in the dressing room, trying on bona fide Euro chic clothing.

Frugality as Destiny, once more.


hostess of the humble bungalow said...

How lovely!
European Chic...that is a wonderful compliment.
It always surprises me how friendly people are in thrift shops, maybe because we are like minded shoppers.

Duchesse said...

Nice! You were wearing clothes that fit you and suit your style. That's better than about 60% of shoppers out there. And I'm guessing the shoes were not runners?

Shelley said...

Wow - compliments indeed! So, how about sharing some of your figure slimming secrets with us?

Frugal Scholar said...

@hostess--Yes--it was great! As for friendly--some are. Others use their carts to block you. Still others grab. It's a dog-eat-dog world.

@Duchesse--NO! Flipflops. (nice ones)

@Shelley--I look thinner than I am, which is a weird problem to have.