6.19.2013

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Outfit details: vintage denim dress: thrift store, vintage Kork Ease sandals: thrift store, vintage yellow bandanna: thrift store, Tote bag: courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff, sunglasses: asos, magnifying glass necklace: Oh Hello Friend

I had been looking forever for the perfect quasi-shapeless denim shift dress (with pockets) and was so happy to have finally found one at the thrift store. I must admit that the shape is borderline frump city so  I feel like I always have to wear non-sneaker shoes with it or else! Luckily these sandals are super comfortable so I have no complaints.

Speaking of thrift stores (and complaints for that matter), can I just take a moment to vent about the different types of foolery that I encounter on a regular basis at the thrifts that make my blood boil? K here goes:

Things That Grind My Gears: Thrift Store Edition

1. BY FAR the most annoying thing in the world is this scenario: I'm shopping in a narrow aisle filled with blouses, minding my own business when suddenly BAM lady with a shopping cart decides that she too would like to browse the aisle and proceeds to jam her cart into said aisle. It just so happens the width of her shopping cart is the exact width of the aisle that I'm in which means I am blocked in and can't continue browsing. Trying to move past is impossible. As always, shopping cart woman is oblivious to what is going on. I grumble and back out of the aisle.

Maybe it's just me, but I almost never shop with a cart because I hate how much room it takes up and I hate pushing it. I'm always really conscious of space constraints at thrift stores because a lot of them are super cramped and dragging a cart around and getting it someone's way is the last thing I want to do. If I shop with a cart I park it flush against the end of an aisle rack.

2. Here's another scenario: I'm browsing the dress rack and it is lengthy. It stretches from one wall of the store to the other. As I'm thumbing through the dresses some random annoying person thinks it would be a great idea to stand RIGHTNEXT to me to look through the dresses. Never mind that there is literally racks and racks of dresses along this wall and nary a person (but me) looking through them. Personal space being invaded is pretty much a given when shopping at a thrift store. I try to look through a different section if someone is looking through a rack I want to look through or I at least start at the opposite end to give them some breathing room. Harumph!

3. Most children (I have a cold black heart, obviously).

I'm going to stop because I could go on and on and on. Anyone else have any pet peeves to add in the mix? Should I just not be allowed outside?

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28 comments:

  1. Those are my pet peeves, too! As far as the personal space thing, sometimes I feel like other customers are following me around the store. I'm probably being paranoid, haha, but seriously! My personal space is always invaded while I'm thrifting!

    Oh, and you don't have a cold black heart :) I have three kids, and I wouldn't take them thrifting with me. They would just be too rowdy.

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    1. Yes!! Sometimes I distinctly get the feeling that someone is trailing me at the thrift store. This happens to my boyfriend too. We have a theory that the lurker person probably suspects that we know what the "good" stuff is at the store and that they're waiting to rummage through out cast offs ;-)

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  2. Although we don't have thrift stores here, charity shops are much the same. And someone browsing right next to you like that is definitely very annoying! I have become frustrated with charity shops round where I live lately due to the prices soaring. I know the proceeds are for charity and that's great. But I am not paying £20 for a second hand H&M dress. Anyway! Great outfit, I love casual denim dresses.

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    1. Totally feel you on some of the ridiculous prices. It's especially frustrating when you see things that are from places like H&M, Forever 21, and Target that cost more than they did brand new in the store! Crazy town!!

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  3. I love this outfit. That shift dress is so awesome.

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  4. I love the shapeless look of your dress. So cool.
    I feel your pain with the thrift store issues. Old ladies always squeeze their cards through the dollar rack isle and hog up all the space! I sometimes get hit on by creepy dudes in Goodwill, so add that to my list of thrift store pet peeves.

    Rachel

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    1. Some old people can be insanely oblivious (or maybe they've reached an age where they do not care. at all). Besides cart annoyingness, I'm always so surprised at how little people say "excuse me" while trying to get by. I can't tell you how many times I've been shoved or pushed :(

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  5. I have a cold black heart too. Kids annoy the shit out of me. Especially the ones who poke their heads under the dressing room door. I whisper-threatened to step on a kids face if they did it again the last time it happened. Also, over eager employees. Its always creepy teenagers and for some reason they always want to follow me around and I'm like, STOP. I'm not shoplifting and I'm not your friend so GO AWAY.

    You look super cute, as per usual.

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    1. Hahaha yess! I almost never try anything on (terrible habit) but I always encounter kids playing hide and seek and crawling underneath the racks or just crawling on the floor in general. WHYYY??? Whenever this happens I try to give the parent a pointed look but they're usually too busy shopping to care or notice. And over eager employees in ANY store bug me. Just pretend I'm not here until I have to ask you a question, that's all I ask!

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  6. Love your denim smock, and adore the way you’ve styled it. Definitely not frump city. I usually leave my shopping cart at the end of the aisle too when thrift store shopping. I guess my thrift store pet peeve would be when items are priced unreasonably high. Or when there are no mirrors in the store!

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  7. love your dress! shapeless+pockets=perfection. the scarf is a nice touch too.

    all on board with #2 and #3, as thrift stores here don't have shopping carts; but being crammed is always annoying.

    to add: places that are too hot, the radio blasting music too loud or simply not having where to try things on. but thrift stores are the best, despite all this stuff.

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  8. ahh the shopping cart scenario. i know that one far too well. usually i just back out and go around the other way but sometimes that gets old.

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  9. Love the dress and the bandana
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  10. umm, what really gets my goat is when there somehow is ALWAYS a creepy fat guy sitting in the furniture section just staring. Especially at girls. What are you doing? just spending the day there, guy? Does that happen to anyone? Or is that just Tucson, Arizona?
    Anyway, cute outfit.

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    1. HAHAH I know EXACTLY what you're talking about! I go to this one Goodwill where literally there will be like 1-2 middle aged guys just watching people shop in the store. It's not like they're sitting for like a minute or two either, it's a good half hour of sitting and staring. Blegh.

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  11. Yep those are pretty much my pet peeves too and not just at thrift stores, but any store. Peter and I have talked about this phenomenon many times. For example, I will be looking at something and some woman will suddenly have to look at the thing I'm looking at, no matter what it is. This is true of any store. We've even tested this theory by purposely going to an aisle at the grocery store where no one goes, like where there's only adult diapers or something and STILL some girl will come right next to me to look at whatever I'm looking at. Or I will go to the sale section of a clothing store and hold up something truly atrocious, and without fail, some girl will come next to me and need to see what I'm looking at. As soon as I put it back on the rack, she will pick it up. Why do people do that??? It's so bizarre.

    Also, a little bit of frump is always good. My dream was to wear only muumuus and sack dresses all summer. So far that hasn't really panned out.

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    1. Gahh I hate that! It's so bizarre because I would never think to that to a person while I'm shopping and I'm always so conscious of checking things out AFTER people have left whatever it is that they were looking at. I just think it's invasive!

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  12. i love your dress. i love dresses like that!

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  13. you always pull off oversized stuff soooo well

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  14. Adorable look...you can definitely pull off this retro look :) I love the head scarf, and the pop of red in the lips is perfect!!

    Veloria in Velvet
    www.veloriainvelvet.wordpress.com

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  15. You look super chic : )

    And I totally agree with you on the complaints haha. Not a complaint per se but it's also quite awkward when you start at one end of the dress rack and someone starts at the other and then you meet in the middle and have to stop ad figure out how to cross each other.

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  16. My peeve is when old men come to the thrift store with their wives, and they don't have anything to do besides make suggestive noises at you (yes, Sara, ALMOST ALWAYS FROM THE DEComposing couch in the furniture section!!!!!!!)

    Also, it's my dream to someday meet you in California xxxxx

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  17. SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS POST.

    I actually have adapted to using a cart (i live in Idaho, so thrift stores have quite a bit of space) because i have been bombarded so often by other people using carts. Once when a thrift store was having a huge sale and was packed, a million year old lady literally pushed her cart into me. like my body. more than once. how are people unaware of what's going on around them??

    Also, when i go to thrift stores i literally just go up and down every aisle, in order, so probably my biggest pet peeves are people that jump around. one second they are looking at something across the store and the next second they are in the MIDDLE of the aisle you are on IN FRONT OF YOU. going ten times slower than you. and after so many years, i have become a giant bitch and stand there until they move instead of going out of order.

    anyway, thanks for the opportunity to vent!

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  18. Omg I always run into the same annoying lady-blocking-the-aisle-with-her-cart scenario when I go thrift shopping too. I feel like it is so inconsiderate to take up an entire aisle with no possible way to get around you. Oh! and I hate when you're browsing in front of the lady with the cart and she slowly inches towards you until the nose of her cart is literally touching your hip. She doesn't even look up from her browsing and if she does, she doesn't budge because she expects YOU to move out of her way. ARGH!

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  19. Ugh I HATE carts in thrift stores too, they're the worst. It's even worse if you happen to go the thrift store on senior discount day, oh god kill me. So. many. old. people. with. carts. oy! I generally try to start on the other end of the dress aisle if someone is looking and do the awkward middle tango. I don't generally mind kids in the stores unless they're screaming REALLY loudly, but that's only happened once. But i work around kids so i'm good at tuning them out.

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  21. Wow, I really love the photography in this post - feels very hot summer days. TOTES AGREE with your thrifting woes. People don't know thrifting is hard work! You look great - so at least it was worth it hopefully!

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  22. I could go on and on... definitely the competitiveness from other women. I feel like telling them "hey, don't worry.. I'm not looking for designer stuff! Just the old vintage dresses!". I've had women block aisles so I can't get through and have to back out. The cart thing makes me crazy. The glares too. It happens the most in the Salvation Army in Fountain Valley. I think the ladies think I'm there to grab the designer stuff (totally not). It's just aggressive out here. I've thrifted on the East coast and mid west and it's nothing like here. People have manners and say excuse me or pardon me when they need to get past you. And of course the high prices! The SA I go to most often has whatever dresses for $8.99! I have to wait for the sale day to even justify making a clothing purchase. Their housewares and reasonable though.

    Btw not to be creepy but I'm almost certain I saw you once at the SA in Fountain Valley. Either that or your twin :)

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