Thanks for all the blog recommendations! I'm going through them all now. I'm making some interesting observations about myself and my online reading, but more about that later, because first I want to share this super funny post with you from Mandi at Vintage Revivals, Is my thrift store better than yours? No! No, it's not. And they all stink. Well maybe somewhere thrift stores are still magical forests of hidden treasures but I'm accepting my truth, not around here they're not!
I've been trying to decide if there's any thrifting left in me. I was pretty certain there wasn't but maybe I've been too harsh. I've definitely gotten used to grief cycles when it comes to thrifting. I remember buying velvet hats from the 1920s at the flea market for the change in my pocket when I was in high school. I remember entire racks of 50s printed floral sweaters at the Ragstock when I was at UW. I remember when I first heard about ebay and could still find vintage dresses for $10. Or feedsack fabric! Tim and I managed to recreate our entire childhood toy collections at garage sales and estate sales. Before we had Oscar I had a vintage clothing resale business. I lived in Chicago and would spend my days at the Village Discount & Unique buying giant garbage bags of vintage clothing to resell on ebay. These last experiences in the city are my most vivd, semi-recent, thrifting memories and the ones that make me not even want to bother out here in the suburbs. But I'm doing the math and realizing this was 12-15 years ago! I need to be done grieving and move on.
As the kids grew my thrifting just naturally dwindled, while at the same time forces in the world converged to make thrift stores into garbage heaps. Clothing wholesalers sell the best finds to vintage & antique dealers. And even in small church shops donations don't seem to make it from the back to the front of the store free and unedited anymore.
I'm not sure what I'm even looking for (besides an amazing midcentury sofa) at thrift stores anymore. I started passing on every vintage childrens book at the used book sales because I already had them in my collection. I've sent the 70s fisher price toys to the attic. I have more fabric than I can store. I don't wear vintage clothes and I buy the kids' second hand stuff at the stores that specifically do that. But I miss it! I am ready for the next cycle. I've made a list of shops to hit and I'm excited to see what I can find and determined to not be a thrift cynic. Wish me luck!