A new morning sometimes reveals clearer thoughts...there are two items from yesterday's thrift haul that I'll be returning (http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....y-surprise). The patterned linen skirt is being returned because the more I look at it, the more it looks like kitchen fabric and the placement of the one potted pineapple directly over the crotch area is a deal breaker - can't believe I didn't notice that. The second return is unfortunately going to be the nude sandals. I put them on last night to do a bit of walking around in the house before pulling off the tag and my feet had swollen some due to the heat and humidity (common for me in the summer) and I actually couldn't even slide my left foot into the sandal. My mother was right - you should try on shoes at the end of the day because that's when you really need them to fit
My returns annoy me for two reasons: 1) this thrift store does not do refunds, only exchanges and you only have six days - what if there is nothing decent to exchange for in that time period? This has happened to me before. 2) the linen skirt in particular is something I should have known was wrong. Although the fabric is lovely, the ruffle in the front is quite country-ish (definitely NOT a style I'm wanting) and I suspect this skirt would end up being difficult to wear in a modern way. I really need to think about purchases first.
During this thought process I came to a realization - the pricier items I have purchased over the last year with YLF and those that I really thought over and worked through in my head regarding styling, are the ones that are my wardrobe favourites and that work the most for me. There are some thrift exceptions that have been amazing (the red/white polka dot jacket, the white watch, the black skirt) but for the most part, my full purchases have been better bets for me. I've come to the conclusion that I tend to settle for "good enough" when thrifting and I need to stop that. It's mostly thrifted items that end up being closet orphans.
I'm going to stop thrifting for a while as I really don't need anything and make sure I think about any future purchases in a less impulsive way.
Thanks for listening to my ramblings.