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this is within your grasp -- we are living in a rich era of wacky affordable clothing. i looked around at Target the other day and marveled at the variety. It almost made me want to stock up for those times when things become more austere.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 6 August 2018 16:48 (one year ago) link

I need a raincoat and am now looking up silver raincoats.

Yerac, Monday, 6 August 2018 17:05 (one year ago) link

thing = her coat, not her specifically

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 6 August 2018 18:46 (one year ago) link

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/03_04/EastendersBBC_468x316.jpg

(jk - the leather one looks ace)

kinder, Monday, 6 August 2018 20:21 (one year ago) link

who are those miserable-seeming people?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 15:27 (one year ago) link

the ginger lady is the iconic Bianca, from British aspirational soap opera 'Eastenders'

kinder, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:22 (one year ago) link

aha
i've heard of that but clearly not familiar with the characters

tbh i'm pretty useless at figuring out what people mean with solitary image posts

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:25 (one year ago) link

sorry, that silver puffa jacket is kind of famous over here!

kinder, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:28 (one year ago) link

no need to apologize! i wish we all could be more forgiving of people not knowing things/needing to ask questions, self included.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:30 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

i forgot to post about this when i executed the score but i scored so huge at this very small thrift last month. i got:

* black sweater with a sexy blue/white leopard on it (i am in love with this sweater)
* bizarre gigantic black sequined shirt/dress with red feathers around the collar that makes me look like phyllis diller or a shrunken latter day liza minnelli (idk where i will wear this but it's mine now)
* amazing brown/orange peasant dress with laces that corset up the back that fits me *perfectly* and is comfortable (this is going to be nice for special occasions)
* psychedelic orange/pink/brown/green flowered skirt that has *shorts underneath it for total comfort and protection omg* (i can comfortably play drums in it!!)

i got all this for $14.33!!!! half price for the holidays, love this place so much

also let's all raise a glass to the next few months when Kondo-following people will be discarding their perfectly good but joyless items and making them available to us at reasonable prices. i feel like i could start my own store if i shopped well enough during the next 6 months!! all the vultures are gonna be out though...

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 15:04 (nine months ago) link

also i will mention that upon paying my $14.33 i felt a palpable noticeable surge of whatever that good-feeling hormone is. like i felt flushed with...what is it? joy!!!????

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 15:05 (nine months ago) link

yay! very much looking forward to Kondo acolyte discards ... also, tis the season for discount cashmere

got some great thredup scores this week (i bought them in December, just came in the mail this week)

* black designer coat dress with chunky beads and jewels on the collar that fits perfectly ... tags attached, priced at $380 ... I got it for about $40
* this amazing art deco looking sleeveless top, kinda like the bodice of a fancy flapper dress
* 80s-ish puffy sleeved blue & black leopard print v-neck sweater

sarahell, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 23:02 (nine months ago) link

also, a not very exciting boatneck-ish black crushed velvet blouse that I bought for exciting refashioning -- a year or so ago I got rid of a bunch of clothes that hadn't really fit me since the late 90s ... including a half dozen cute patterned bras that I took apart and kept the cup fabric, which works well as a stitched on collar for a boatneck, scoopneck, crewneck, etc.

anyway, so now this blouse has a cute collar that is black & red lacy skull & bones, plus some additional beadwork I did

sarahell, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 23:10 (nine months ago) link

omg that is so cool -- how satisfying is it to wear a garment with a decorative bra cup collar?!?!?!

we should wear our black/blue leopard sweaters together sometime!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:47 (nine months ago) link

ok that is a terrible idea but i am still enjoying the idea of wearing similar but not matching secondhand sweaters

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:03 (nine months ago) link

that is actually an awesome idea -- we could perform together wearing said garments

sarahell, Thursday, 10 January 2019 03:03 (nine months ago) link

yessssssssss
i can only travel in the summer or winter but i am fully into this idea and not even joking

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:41 (nine months ago) link

yknow i have seen online animosity/competitive behavior between kondo-enthusiasts and thrifters -- 1) this is divisive and 2) who cares? don't fight amongst yourselves. keep giving it away/recycling your stuff and everyone's happy, the ecosystem is healthy. it's cooperation not competition!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:40 (nine months ago) link

so weird! - the animosity/competitiveness - is it that the kondo-kin think thrifters are hoarders or gluttons in need of discipline or ...?

sarahell, Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:04 (nine months ago) link

idk what they think honestly -- that seems otm based on what i can glean from the snarking i have seen.

to me it just seems like "defending my 'position' means insulting yours" mindset that seems to plague some modern online discourse. unfortunate, imo. i'm sure some people would say "lighten up, it's a joke" but isn't that what people always say to excuse themselves? idk i wish we could celebrate because this is a win-win for everyone.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:26 (nine months ago) link

That is so strange! Yeah, it would seem like a mutually beneficial system.

Yerac, Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:32 (nine months ago) link

also there is the shared value of objects providing pleasure, er, joy

sarahell, Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:47 (nine months ago) link

it is symbiosis of the highest order, what's not to like!?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 10 January 2019 22:23 (nine months ago) link

also, it's not like I keep all my thrift scores forever -- I let things go when they cease to be useful or there are enough other things that have surpassed it in terms of joy and use value ... granted, I might have more things than some people believe I should, but what can I say ... i have so much love to give

sarahell, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:14 (nine months ago) link

especially when it comes to things that are relatively unique ... like the things I get rid of first are the more generic-looking items that would be easy to replace if I changed my mind

sarahell, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:16 (nine months ago) link

like i said, symbiosis!

“It’s a good time for thrift shopping. I have the people who are purging, and then I have the people that need those things and can have access to them at a lower price. It’s a beautiful, mutual symbiotic relationship,” she said.

https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/01/11/marie-kondo-has-everyone-tidying-up-and-chicagos-thrift-stores-are-reaping-the-rewards/

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 11 January 2019 15:41 (nine months ago) link

i have plenty of things to get rid of too. maybe i should organize a swap. i found the handout i made for aspiring swap organizers for my speech class last semester and i make it sound so easy! maybe it is easier than i think it is.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 11 January 2019 15:42 (nine months ago) link

i think you just need a space and willing participants and a plan for what to do with stuff that is left behind ... clothing swaps have always been awkward for me because I'm significantly larger than most of my friends

sarahell, Friday, 11 January 2019 20:30 (nine months ago) link

four weeks pass...

since we don't have a thread for swaps, i will put my q here in the hope someone can give me a quick answer:

what is the most inclusive language for inviting women + femme people of all stripes ?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 16:30 (eight months ago) link

is the swap just for women's clothing? Others I've seen have been "all genders/gender identities welcome" -- but if you want to specify that the clothing to be swapped is gendered, do that separately? Also, you may want to say something about sizes.

sarahell, Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:15 (eight months ago) link

opening it up to men's clothing would open a whole new can of worms that i am not ready to host in a week, so yeah -- just women's + children's at this point. the swaps that i have been to are all women's clothing but there are people of various identities there (not cis het men though)

this is why i haven't hosted before. too complicated!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:25 (eight months ago) link

i am definitely going to mention that there will be diversity of sizes and style + a changing room w a mirror
it's the invitation process that is giving me hives at this point :-/

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:26 (eight months ago) link

then i would say, "women's and children's clothing!" "all sizes and gender identities welcome!"

sarahell, Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:28 (eight months ago) link

ok thank you -- that is helpful!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:30 (eight months ago) link

let us know how it goes!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:37 (eight months ago) link

someday i would like to host a monster swap for everyone but not right now. party planning is so hard for me! i get really hung up on things that aren't important and then the stress fritzes me out
i also want people to know that even if they don't have stuff to bring or don't want to swap they are still welcome to come over and hang out and meet some new people/talk with me and who knows -- maybe a free accessory or other item may fall into their laps! you never know what you're gonna get at a swap.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 20:07 (eight months ago) link

i will def let you know how it goes.
it's a week from tomorrow :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 9 February 2019 20:08 (eight months ago) link

five months pass...

i have since let go some of the items i found at the beginning of this thread almost 7 years ago! wow
time flies!
my swap failed btw. i had to cancel it!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 2 August 2019 23:52 (two months ago) link


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