I can’t believe I used to really dislike shopping at thrift stores.
It wasn’t out of snobbery or anything like that. It was just too overwhelming, all the choices. You’d go in and there are literally a thousand different one-of-a-kind items, and each one required me to look at it, consider it, and make some kind of decision.
It was just too much, at least when the rest of my life was overwhelming already. When you’re mentally and physically maxed out, being presented with a massive treasure hunt isn’t fun, it’s just stressful.
But now! Life changes, things shift. And now I love the hunt.
It’s so pleasant to just hit up the Value Village on a Sunday morning with no particular agenda, looking for little treasures.
I’ve learned it’s all about the vibe. I don’t need to catalog everything in the store, or power through looking for the best deal. I used to be so focused on getting stuff DONE, getting the WIN, checking off the lists.
Now I go there and just wander. I let my eyes skim over the china shelf, looking for things that jump out at me that are pretty – I know I’ll know it when I see it.
I like to go to the jeans or jackets area and just let my hand trail over the pieces. If it feels right, it’ll jump out at me.
I like to look at the jewelry and the art and wait for something dazzling to catch my eye. If something sparks joy, $3 later it’ll be sparking joy in my own house, that I own, with no one to tell me it looks dingy or weird or out of place. It’s mine.
If nothing jumps, that’s okay. It was the wandering that made it all worth it.
I’m learning to trust that the journey is the good stuff, and I’m learning to trust my own likes and dislikes. I’ll find the good stuff, the stuff that is worth it – for me.
I’ll see you at the thrift store, looking for treasures, and finding myself.
5 thoughts on “Little Treasures”
I enjoy thrift stores. I admit to loving a good bargain and I’ve found a few special treasures over the years. But I also get enjoyment just from looking at the wide variety of interesting items, from the beautiful to the nostalgic to the bizarre.
I enjoy knowing that the things I buy are enjoying a new life and not ending up in a landfill somewhere. It’s a bonus that I can buy an armload of clothing for the same price I’d pay for one item elsewhere. I go back and forth between paying as little as possible at thrift stores and more than I would like for clothing produced ethically from other sources.
I love thrift stores for when I think I need something but am not sure I do. Recently I wondered if I’d like to sleep in nightgowns rather than pyjamas, so I picked up a few to try. Low risk!
Lovely! The journey to finding yourself can be so joyful.
Maya says sometimes you have to wander through Value Village and let it tell you what you need. It’s good for your soul.