Sometimes you have to see the smaller picture. Last week, the thrift faeries guided me to something long awaited; they also guided me to something I hadn’t quite expected. The faery looked remarkably like my sister (which is why she’s one of my favourite thrift partners) who guided me to a set of pillows at the HIdden Treasures M2W2 Thrift Shop in Abbotsford.
What caught her attention first was the colour – a pumpkin orange that looks great in my den. I didn’t really need another set of throw pillows but as she pointed out to me these were only $2 each.
Still, I am trying to be more conscious of what I spend, even if it is only $2. Just because I’m thrifty, doesn’t mean I can’t be guilty of consumerism. In fact, being thrifty can make a person a huge consumer, which is why TV shows like “Hoarders” exist. Four things finally made me capitulate.
- The quality of the pillows themselves. The covers are a little bit pilled, which is what made me hesitant in the first place, but they are removable, which means I can wash them. That’s a bonus.
- The pillows inside are feather pillows – who ever heard of throw feather pillows? It makes them extraordinary comfortable.
- The buttons. I love unique button detailing on just about anything and I know that large, wooden buttons like this cost more than $2 a-piece. That’s part of the smaller picture I was talking about: even if I were not to use the pillows at all, it was worth the purchase for the buttons alone. Sometimes you have to look at the part as much as the whole.
- The faery saying “Hello? $2!”
The pillows look great on my thrifted futon.
I also picked up another pair of Reitman’s comfort fit denim jeans. I’ve got 4 pairs of these now – two blue jeans, one black and one brown corduroy, all thrifted. This is going to make me sound like an old lady but I love these because they pull on. They’re super comfy and because they don’t have a zippered front, they lie flat giving me less bulk across my abdomen (don’t need any help in that department, thanks.) I actually wear these as ‘dress’ pants to work because they look great with heels or loafers and blazer or nice sweater.
I really like the Hidden Treasures thrift shop. The volunteers are friendly and I noticed again that they have a cheerful rapport with their customers. I like the bulk pricing on most things (all jeans $4, all t-shirts $2, etc.) it just makes it easier on volunteers and usually means customers are getting an awesome deal.
Next week, I’ll tell you about two new-to-me thrift shops I discovered in Vancouver this week. Until then, tell me one thing you’ve purchased for the part, not the whole.