I just got back from running a bunch of errands in town, and I’m feeling very good about my thrift store shopping excursion. I had a whole carload of stuff to drop off, which I’ve been doing quite a lot lately. This was the first time I had gone inside the store in about six weeks, and there hasn’t been anything we needed and I didn’t want to be tempted to buy more clutter. But our son is quickly outgrowing his shoes, so I needed to find some new ones. I got a 20% off coupon for donating stuff, and I headed into the store with my coupon in hand. I went straight to the kids’ shoes, bypassing clothing, housewares, toys… all the stuff that I usually browse (and buy!) I ended up spending six dollars to buy three pairs of shoes for our son. Including a pair of Keen shoes for two bucks, in perfect condition (I looked them up when I got home and they retail for $65). I also got a pair of Stride Rites and another pair that is in good shape but a less quality brand – I figure that pair will be perfect for playing in the mud in the backyard. Between the shoes I got today and a pair of Nike sandals that I got for a dollar at another thrift store a while ago, he should be set for most of the rest of the year.
As soon as I had the shoes, I checked out and left the store – no random thrifting for entertainment these days, as I’m trying so hard to reduce the amount of stuff we have in our house. I know that if I had wandered around the store I’d have found more stuff that I liked, but since I don’t need anything, there was no point in doing that. My new clutter-elimination mindset is serving me well!
I wanted to share a picture of yesterday’s garden harvest, which made up a good bit of our dinner last night:
The colander is full of spinach, which became a great salad. The spring onions also went in the salad. The swiss chard and the radishes (greens and all) went into a green smoothie that included some other produce from the store. It’s great to be harvesting stuff from our garden, and it will just keep getting better as the summer goes on and more things are ready to pick. Zucchini should be next, and I’m sure we’ll have to work to keep up with them, as I have nine zucchini plants…
Hope you’re all having a great weekend!