I made an impulse purchase this week of a real silk shawl from the thrift store. It was $3.00. (For some reason, I can’t talk about thrift store buys without mentioning the price too.) I have taken to wearing it around my neck like a cowboy — a cowboy in a jelly bean shirt.
Why? It says Napoli on it.
Not that I’ve ever been to Napoli. But look at the scenery! The paisley border! The little people all tucked up in places I’ve never heard of!
What is that guy in front there doing, digging a ditch?
Well, it doesn’t matter. I made an impulse purchase of a silk shawl because it made me want to sing the Dean Martin song That’s AMORE at the top of my lungs in a nearly empty thrift store — you know, the song that starts, In Napoli, where love is kiiiiiiing, when boy meets giiiiiiirl here’s what they saaaaaaay….
I took it as a sign from Mother Earth that if I owned this shawl, the world would not end. In fact, in addition to not ending the world, it would expand my world because now I don’t have to buy so many new clothes. I can use this lovely bit of probably-70s-era silk to spice up my wardrobe a notch (which works out well since half my clothes are falling apart.)(I’m allergic to buying new clothes).
And instead of me gushing about the scarf and ending the post, let’s direct my attention to how much thrifting rocks. This scarf came with one tiny piece of plastic — the bit that attached the tag to the shawl. It’s just my style, and I’m unlikely to see other people wearing it. It was inexpensive. This last one is less of an issue except that I got a better quality shawl for less money than I would have spent at the mall or any big box store. Thrifting rocks!
Coincidentally, this is just what I said in Beth Terry’s new book Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. That’s right — I have an interview in Beth Terry’s book. Okay, it’s more like a cameo. All right! It’s really two lines. Which means there are 499,998 other lines in the book worth reading. So if you like my shawl, consider pre-ordering Beth Terry’s new book about living plastic free. I haven’t read the book yet, but I know it will be good because the thought of a book on life without plastic is making the world shine like I’ve had too much wine. Now that, my friends, is amore.
©2012 at Simple Savvy, the simple living blog where I didn’t mean to write an impromptu propaganda post about living plastic free, but I guess this is what thrifting does to me.