As usual, I recently found myself in my very favorite thrift store in Denton (Denton Thrift, for local friends!), but this time I wasn’t having a ton of luck. I bravely (stupidly) took both babies in the store with me, so the shopping & whining & dropping of toys & asking for milk & taking Rosie to the potty was making the trip less than ideal. I had pushed the babies to their limits, and was about to leave my cart in the middle of the store and call it quits, when the I caught the tiniest glimpse of a pattern I knew in my heart was for me. I can’t say I thought. I just acted. This was a heart move. I’m unabashedly addicted to floral prints. I don’t want to be dramatic, but I think this one floated off the rack and into my hands. I checked the size, it was right. The price, $4.99… doable. The brand… Lauren Conrad. Score! Every time I go to Kohl’s I peruse the Lauren Conrad line, but have never purchased anything. I wanted this dress to work for me so badly. I knew we had a mini-getaway coming up soon, and having a new, pretty dress would just add to the excitement and fun of the weekend! I had no idea how the top of the dress looked, because it was sort of twisted around, but I was at the end of my babies’ patience, and if anything I thought I could probably use the fabric for some undetermined DIY project. So I took a risk, threw it over my arm and hurried to check out.
Best. Five. Dollars. Ever. Spent.
I got home and, of course, immediately tried to put it on. It seemed like it had never been worn. And I was right, because as I tried to untangle the straps, I realized why this dress had found itself at Denton Thrift: it was made incorrectly. In a way too difficult to explain without showing you, the back of the dress, where it ties at the neck, was sewn in backwards and the dress was un-wearable. Quick work with a seam ripper literally took less than 10 minutes, and the dress was good as new.
I felt so pretty and confident wearing it to my dear friend’s wedding, and I was having so much fun I forgot to take any pictures with Kip! He was looking pretty studly, if I do say so myself. But I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it. 😉 The next morning I threw the dress back on to go to breakfast and take some photos next to the water. Hence: morning face and leftover makeup from the night before. But who cares!? I was just loving being somewhere and not having diapers in my purse.
Sometimes, the best finds are sort of haphazard, impulsive, and imperfect at first glance. Don’t write them off… getting a little creative, or being patient until inspiration strikes, can really pay off in the long run.
Have you had any good thrift finds this week? I want to hear about it and celebrate with you!