Thrifting Words to Live By – Search High and Low – A Tale of Prada
I have been thrifting less and less lately. What used to be a weekly activity has now dwindled to once a month. With so many sellers swarming to Ebay, styling aspiring models, and creating magazine like layouts, the thrift stores are pretty picked over. I’ll be happy when many of these new sellers realize how much work it is, get bored, and move on.
But I had an amazing thrifting experience last week that may suck the bitterness right out of me. There I was at my favorite thrift – I’m not revealing so don’t even ask ; ) – hoping to find a couple of worthy items. Things were looking pretty grim, especially after I spotted a fashionista strutting down the aisle sporting skin tight jeans, gorgeous riding boots, a cashmere sweater, and a cute little bob. I thought she was competition and I quickly felt the adrenaline rush, until I noticed a run of the mill sweater and plenty of jeans in her cart. But still, they could’ve been some great jeans!
With my competitive side fully engaged, I was determined to find a prize. I decided to search a section I rarely search – skirts. And there it was! The prize.
As soon as I touched it I knew it was quality. The softness of the wool, the bright cheery color. The real leather piping, and the silk lining. I look inside. PRADA!
And 50% off!
Even though it is not vintage, it has a definite vintage look. The box pleat gives way to a side slit. I’m a little torn because it is wool so technically it could be a fall piece, but the sun-shiny color screams spring. Maybe this would be good for a windy day with some boots.
Lesson learned: even with fashionistas trolling your turf, pickings looking slim, never forget to search high and low if it is treasure you seek.