Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Goodwillin' It

One of my favorite things to do in this world is shop. I don't like to go to high end stores or to blow gobs of money, though. No, I like to look and look and look for that perfect deal. The Clearance Rack? That is where you'll find me in every store!

I remember one time when Brady's daughter was visiting us from Texas. Brailey Shaye was around 5 years old at the time, and we headed into Walmart for something, and she said to her half-sister, "We'd better go find the clearance clothes! We do NOT go into a store without checking the clearance stuff." I have to say, this did embarrass me a tiny bit. But not for long!

I've had to refine my clearance tendancies a bit. For a while, I got so caught up in getting a "good deal," I would buy things I didn't even need. I love to give presents, and I mean LOVE to give people things. It is always on my mind, who would like this or that and the other. I finally realized this was not exactly saving me money, though. And so now, I've pared my habit down, and I only buy what my kids need. Well, for the most part. Sometimes I just can't help myself, you know...

One of our favorite places in the world to shop is Goodwill. We love it! In fact, Britt had a moment of crying (okay, it was a mini fit) yesterday because he wanted to go to Goodwill and I said no. We buy all our books there - I can't stand to pay full price when I know the same book is probably sitting at Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul's, waiting for me to come and buy it for a fraction of the original cost. I have to say, though, both the Goodwill and St. Vinny's around Eugene have gotten greedy in the past couple of years, and they are charging totaly outrageous, exhorbitant prices for certain items, which has taken some of the fun out of shopping there. I mean, come on! They were given the stuff for free! Do they really need to charge $29.95 for a used pair of jeans just because of the label on it? Ridiculous! For the most part, though, I am always able to come away with a treasure. Like the beautiful wrought iron lamp my mother-in-law found one time when we were shopping together. And almost all of my children's back-to-school clothes. Once I even found two ice skating dresses! And I have more kid's books than a county library, but hey! I'm fine with that. I'm more than happy to encourage a love of books in my kiddos.

We 4 B's also like to hit the local garage sales. Or, any garage sale we find, truth be told. We've been known to find some of our best "stuff" at a yard sale out-of-town at some rodeo we're at. And the funny thing is, each one of us can always find something we "need."

My own mother and mother-in-law are just as crazy about the "sport shops" as we are. When I was a kid, it wasn't as fun. In fact, I used to be mortified when my mom would take me to a yard sale or the local thrift store. MORTIFIED, I tell you! My mother-in-law, who has been hitting these types of sales for years, said things changed when the quality of clothes changed. Now there aren't so many cheap clothes out there. You can buy a quality shirt at Walmart, today, whereas 20 years ago, you couldn't. Cheap was cheap.

In any case, I have to restrict myself from going into Goodwill, because it is just too easy to find a treasure we can't possibly live without. If you haven't tried this kind of shopping, I highly recommend it. I guarantee you will find something you just have to have. Be warned, though: it is a highly addictive form of shopping!

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