By request, the contents of my purse.
But first, you must know that until last month, I’d been carrying around a ginormous diaper bag. Ditching that for a regular purse was a huge move. I found this red beauty at the Habitat Thrift Store for $1.
If you hang out with me, like, ever, you know that everything I own is in a neutral color. A red purse is stepping out in a major way. (And wouldn’t you know, I get tons of compliments on it, even as I’m still sometimes shocked and even skeeved at its hideous brightness.)
I won’t spread it all out, but here’s an inventory.
- Diapers and wipes
- Wallet, also red
- Lowe’s coupon
- Target list
- “Hanitizer” (Sophia’s portmanteau of ‘hand sanitizer’)
- A notebook for when I get bright ideas and/or the kids are bored
- Epi pen and Benadryl for Sophia’s nut allergies
- Gum, tissues, lotion, and Chapstick
- A neverending supply of crumbs from Jonathan’s snacks
- I just counted three pens in the bottom, though they’re never there when I need one
And that’s my purse. The rest of your purses look like Mormon blogging mommy purses. I’m trying not to be jealous of that.
I took my new skirt in to be altered last weekend, and guess what was next door? Another thrift store. This one is KARM (Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries), which I have mixed feelings about supporting (because I believe in their work, but they’ve been instrumental in establishing a “mission district” just north of downtown Knoxville…near our neighborhood…that attracts tons of homeless people with the resulting drug and prostitution problems).
But I had a coupon! Is it wrong to set aside your reservations about the neighborhood going to pot when you get 20 percent off?
This time I was looking for a cowgirl hat for Kate, for her Halloween costume. Score! A whole stack of brand new kids’ hats, $1.99 each.
I also found a pair of English-style riding boots, size 7.5. Can a girl have too many pairs of boots? Don’t answer that.
Besides, Kate is already in a size 2. It won’t be long and I’ll have to share.
Thrift store: 2. Target: 0*.
To be continued….
*In fairness to Target, I haven’t actually been there since I started this little experiment.
I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like to shop.
I’m an in-and-out-with-a-list kind of person, and if I don’t find what I need, I generally give up. Then I order it online.
But it’s hard to buy clothes online. I haven’t found a webstore I love that has just the right sizes and prices. So I decided, in order to avoid looking like a Target Mom (and if you don’t know what that is, just walk into Target on any weekday morning and see the sea of moms wearing solid-colored cotton Merona and Mossimo tops pushing around carts with baby seats), I would start going to thrift stores once in awhile on Jonathan’s and my “day off”–Tuesday. It’s just the two of us, and he’s a party baby who loves to go out and flirt with grandmas, so he doesn’t mind.
This week we walked over to the Habitat for Humanity thrift store. It’s about four blocks from my house, but I’ve only been there once in the almost-six years we’ve lived here. Shame. It’s a great place. Maybe this is a false buildup, but I super scored today. Check it out.
Men’s XXL. Do ya think Derek would look good in this? He’d certainly be showing a different…er…side of himself.
Okay, I didn’t actually buy it, but I kind of wish I had, just for fun. I did get this, though:
A complete dress suit and shoes (with heels!) for about $10. The skirt is a little big, so I’ll probably need to have it altered. And I work from home, so no idea where I might wear it. But still. $10!
Here’s a closeup of the shoes. They have pretty button detailing that channels a tuxedo.
Thrift store: 1. Target: 0.
To be continued….