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9 Things People Who Thrift Are Tired of Hearing

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Charity shops get a bad rep sometimes, along with the women who thrift in them. If you’re part of the camp that can’t think of not buying retail, you probably have a skewed idea of what goes on behind those dollar-sale doors.

If you’re anything like my friends, you probably imagine little old ladies armed with their social security checks pushing squeaky-wheeled carts, making their way through racks of crocheted sweaters and ’80s New Year dresses. Or you think of little porcelain dolls with soul-stealing eyes and chipped mugs crowded onto the same shelves as old VCR players and 50 cent bibles. That or you imagine Macklemore running wild in a fur coat and buying used bed sheets. I mean, you’ve got some validity to a point, I’ll give you that. I may or may not have seen Macklemore in a ‘coon hat once or twice.

But thrifting is so much more than all of that! If you have the patience for it you can find barely used J. Crew coats and cashmere sweaters, beautiful vintage hats and Audrey Hepburn-inspired wiggle dresses. You can find just about all your basics for around $3 or less (like your turtlenecks and black maxi skirts), and a little bit of kitschiness can be charming when you know how to blend it into your living room or kitchen.

We women who understand the pros of thrift shopping have to endure quite a lot of flak, and more times than not, it’s a little bit funny. We just smile and shake our heads, still glowing over the fact that we just bought a brand new trench coat for $4. Below are nine things women who thrift are sick of hearing:

1. “Aren’t you scared you’ll bring bed bugs home?”

9 Things People Who Thrift Are Tired of Hearing

Charity shops get a bad rep sometimes, along with the women who thrift in them. If you’re part of the camp that can’t think of not buying retail, you probably have a skewed idea of what goes on behind those dollar-sale doors.

If you’re anything like my friends, you probably imagine little old ladies armed with their social security checks pushing squeaky-wheeled carts, making their way through racks of crocheted sweaters and ’80s New Year dresses. Or you think of little porcelain dolls with soul-stealing eyes and chipped mugs crowded onto the same shelves as old VCR players and 50 cent bibles. That or you imagine Macklemore running wild in a fur coat and buying used bed sheets. I mean, you’ve got some validity to a point, I’ll give you that. I may or may not have seen Macklemore in a ‘coon hat once or twice.

But thrifting is so much more than all of that! If you have the patience for it you can find barely used J. Crew coats and cashmere sweaters, beautiful vintage hats and Audrey Hepburn-inspired wiggle dresses. You can find just about all your basics for around $3 or less (like your turtlenecks and black maxi skirts), and a little bit of kitschiness can be charming when you know how to blend it into your living room or kitchen.

We women who understand the pros of thrift shopping have to endure quite a lot of flak, and more times than not, it’s a little bit funny. We just smile and shake our heads, still glowing over the fact that we just bought a brand new trench coat for $4. Below are nine things women who thrift are sick of hearing:

1. “Aren’t you scared you’ll bring bed bugs home?”

I went into a thrift store, not a New York City dumpster. You know all those times you cleaned out your closet and donated the pieces you were bored with? Did you happen to sprinkle some bed bugs into the bag before you dropped it off? I didn’t think so. All those donations are from normal, clean people. I have a higher chance bringing bed bugs in from the subway than a Savers.

2. “Aren’t you skeeved out by wearing used clothes?”

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You know that Zara dress you just bought? 40 other women tried it on before you. Granted they didn’t live in it, but that’s why we have detergent! Just pop that $2 find into a hot water rinse cycle and it’s as good as new.

3. “I just don’t have the patience to dig through all those racks. I don’t know how you do it.”

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Have you ever stepped into a Forever21? That place is a labyrinth of clothes. And not everyone makes it out alive. If you can conquer that, you can conquer anything. A thrift store is child’s play compared to that.

4. “Everything is so outdated, though.”

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Everything that was once old is new again. Tropical prints of the ’90s are coming back, as are culottes and wide leg pants. As long as you know how to style an outdated piece in a modern way, it’ll always look interesting and stylish.

That or you always have the power of a thread and needle backing you up. Did you find a busy Megan Draper-inspired print on a dress, but it’s a terrifying maxi? Hem it into a mini! Did you find a happy, sherbet-colored top but it’s three sizes too large? Turn it into a flowing crop top. Nothing is outdated if you now how to play with it.

5. “Are you part of the extreme couponing brigade, too?”

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Just because I like to hunt down pants for 50 cents doesn’t mean I buy one-ply toilet paper. I’m a treasure hunter, not a TLC reality star.

6. “I don’t know how you do it, nothing ever fits me right.”

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Again, you just have to be a little creative. If a dress is baggy but you just love the way it feels on you, cinch it with a belt and it’s automatically your size. If a jacket is a skosh too big but has the right look about it, roll up the sleeves to even out the bulky proportions. If a skirt is a smidge too loose, belt it and give the waist a paperbag feel. In this dress I snipped off the sleeves because, ew, polyester sleeves. I don’t just have a magic body type that fits all thrift finds. But if there’s a will, there’s a way.

7. “Man, I never find vintage like you do when I go.”

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As cool as it sounds, I’m not the pied piper of vintage. I don’t whip out a flute in the middle of the sales floor and have dresses and vintage Coach bags come waltzing to me.

You see this right here? You see this amazing, long-skirt, let’s-vacation-in-Hawaii-in-the-’50s dress? I found it after an hour of rack-cruising and shelf sifting. I didn’t lock eyes with it a minute through power-walking through the sweater aisle. Like with any great find (anyone who’s stepped into an Ikea or a TopShop on sale day will agree with me), it takes patience, determination, and commitment to go piece by piece, rack by rack. You’ll find it — you just have to give the mission more than five minutes of your time.

8. “I don’t know, I’d rather just pay a little more and get the same piece new.”

9 Things People Who Thrift Are Tired of Hearing

Charity shops get a bad rep sometimes, along with the women who thrift in them. If you’re part of the camp that can’t think of not buying retail, you probably have a skewed idea of what goes on behind those dollar-sale doors.

If you’re anything like my friends, you probably imagine little old ladies armed with their social security checks pushing squeaky-wheeled carts, making their way through racks of crocheted sweaters and ’80s New Year dresses. Or you think of little porcelain dolls with soul-stealing eyes and chipped mugs crowded onto the same shelves as old VCR players and 50 cent bibles. That or you imagine Macklemore running wild in a fur coat and buying used bed sheets. I mean, you’ve got some validity to a point, I’ll give you that. I may or may not have seen Macklemore in a ‘coon hat once or twice.

But thrifting is so much more than all of that! If you have the patience for it you can find barely used J. Crew coats and cashmere sweaters, beautiful vintage hats and Audrey Hepburn-inspired wiggle dresses. You can find just about all your basics for around $3 or less (like your turtlenecks and black maxi skirts), and a little bit of kitschiness can be charming when you know how to blend it into your living room or kitchen.

We women who understand the pros of thrift shopping have to endure quite a lot of flak, and more times than not, it’s a little bit funny. We just smile and shake our heads, still glowing over the fact that we just bought a brand new trench coat for $4. Below are nine things women who thrift are sick of hearing:

1. “Aren’t you scared you’ll bring bed bugs home?”

I went into a thrift store, not a New York City dumpster. You know all those times you cleaned out your closet and donated the pieces you were bored with? Did you happen to sprinkle some bed bugs into the bag before you dropped it off? I didn’t think so. All those donations are from normal, clean people. I have a higher chance bringing bed bugs in from the subway than a Savers.

2. “Aren’t you skeeved out by wearing used clothes?”

You know that Zara dress you just bought? 40 other women tried it on before you. Granted they didn’t live in it, but that’s why we have detergent! Just pop that $2 find into a hot water rinse cycle and it’s as good as new.

3. “I just don’t have the patience to dig through all those racks. I don’t know how you do it.”

Have you ever stepped into a Forever21? That place is a labyrinth of clothes. And not everyone makes it out alive. If you can conquer that, you can conquer anything. A thrift store is child’s play compared to that.

4. “Everything is so outdated, though.”

Everything that was once old is new again. Tropical prints of the ’90s are coming back, as are culottes and wide leg pants. As long as you know how to style an outdated piece in a modern way, it’ll always look interesting and stylish.

That or you always have the power of a thread and needle backing you up. Did you find a busy Megan Draper-inspired print on a dress, but it’s a terrifying maxi? Hem it into a mini! Did you find a happy, sherbet-colored top but it’s three sizes too large? Turn it into a flowing crop top. Nothing is outdated if you now how to play with it.

5. “Are you part of the extreme couponing brigade, too?”

Just because I like to hunt down pants for 50 cents doesn’t mean I buy one-ply toilet paper. I’m a treasure hunter, not a TLC reality star.

6. “I don’t know how you do it, nothing ever fits me right.”

Again, you just have to be a little creative. If a dress is baggy but you just love the way it feels on you, cinch it with a belt and it’s automatically your size. If a jacket is a skosh too big but has the right look about it, roll up the sleeves to even out the bulky proportions. If a skirt is a smidge too loose, belt it and give the waist a paperbag feel. In this dress I snipped off the sleeves because, ew, polyester sleeves. I don’t just have a magic body type that fits all thrift finds. But if there’s a will, there’s a way.

7. “Man, I never find vintage like you do when I go.”

As cool as it sounds, I’m not the pied piper of vintage. I don’t whip out a flute in the middle of the sales floor and have dresses and vintage Coach bags come waltzing to me.

You see this right here? You see this amazing, long-skirt, let’s-vacation-in-Hawaii-in-the-’50s dress? I found it after an hour of rack-cruising and shelf sifting. I didn’t lock eyes with it a minute through power-walking through the sweater aisle. Like with any great find (anyone who’s stepped into an Ikea or a TopShop on sale day will agree with me), it takes patience, determination, and commitment to go piece by piece, rack by rack. You’ll find it — you just have to give the mission more than five minutes of your time.

8. “I don’t know, I’d rather just pay a little more and get the same piece new.”

I’m sorry, my blood runs a little too Polish to understand what you just said. My mom’s been training me with the ancient Slavic tradition of haggling since I was old enough to “walk away,” so I’m just going to assume you’re having a stroke now and call you an ambulance. Hang tight, I have you.

9. “I’m not a hipster, I can’t pull the style off.”

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You don’t have to buy the Cosby sweater. Ignore anything cat-patterned and shoulder padded and just focus on the Calvin Klein shift dresses and the like-new knit sweaters and leather bags. Just keep your eye on the prize and breathe.

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*Article originally posted on Yahoo.

He Was ‘Suited & Booted’!

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I never really thought I cared about how a man dressed until I met someone who was “suited & booted”. He was very attractive not because of how his face looked but because of how much care & effort he put into his appearance.

I really prefer a man who dresses nicely because it makes me wanna look better myself. I feel like I have to keep my looks up to match his & that’s a good thing because it keeps me on my toes. If he’s this meticulous about the way he dresses then that means he’s probably just as considerate about everything else that he does.

Any man who dresses nicely means that he will represent me well no matter where we go. Anyone can dress down but if I never see how a man looks dressed up then I don’t know whether or not he can represent me properly when we are out in public. And that’s a big deal to me because it matters how he’ll look dress in front of my parents, when we’re out with my friends & it will keep me attracted to him.

Although men are known to be more visual, dressing nicely can certainly help any man get noticed. What you lack in looks can be made up for in appearance –

What Not To Wear:

Untucked shirt – Can you say lazy? How much time does it actually take to tuck in your shirt? C’mon gentlemen, get yourselves together!

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Scuffed up shoes – There are shoe shiners almost everywhere. At the airport, the mall or any shoe repair place. There really is NO excuse to have raggedy looking shoes. And yes, women do notice!

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Have dirty nails – Gross!

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Frayed belts – Belts are such an easy & inexpensive way to accessorize. If your shirt is tucked in like it should be & your belt is showing then just make sure it’s not old & tattered.

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Wrinkled clothes – Irons were invented for a reason. Take the time to make your clothes crisp before leaving the house. This is how a grown man should dress whether at work, on a date or anywhere else.

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Mismatched tie/pocket square – All the fashionistas say that the tie & pocket square should match, or at the very least they should coordinate. Women do notice little things like that.

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A bad haircut – A bad haircut can ruin a man’s entire face. I know that accidents can sometimes happen in the barber’s chair but if your hair looks that bad, men, you should just cancel your date until your hair grows back.

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Raggedy wallet – A good wallet can cost you a lot of money, but it is SO worth it! Please invest in the very thing that holds all of your “investments”.

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Tennis shows or shoes with laces – Men, you have got to step it up in the shoe department! If you are taking a woman out on a nice date shoes with laces should be left at home. Tennis shoes on a date are only good for men under the age of 30.

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Cheap clothing – Don’t be cheap when it comes to how you look. First impressions are everything & a real woman can tell if you what you have on is cheap – from your cologne down to your shoes.

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Men, anyone can throw on a shirt & shoes but can you be “suited & booted”…..?

Look, Someone Spilled A Cheetah On Themselves!

I am not a fan of cheetah print. I think it looks ridiculous when it’s overdone. If a woman has on cheetah print from head to toe it just looks tacky. It’s just too much (And the same thing can be said about leopard print too.)

We were all born with our own skin so why go around trying to wear clothes that look like the skin of an animal? Is the goal to make yourself look more erotic or to announce to the world that you’re animal-friendly?!

Whatever the reason may be, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to the women who wear cheetah proudly even though they don’t wear it well:

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What Difference Does It Make What I Wear To Church?

A lot of people feel like dressing up for church is optional & really only a matter between them and God. I think that’s wrong & here’s why –

When we become saved we become “new creatures in Christ” (2 Cor. 5:17). People who have accepted Christ as their Savior are supposed to be different in the way they talk, their actions and even the way they dress. We are supposed to set an example for those around us, similar to a celebrity who is a role model whether they want to be one or not. Setting an example for others includes dressing appropriately, especially in the house of the Lord, so that others may know how to dress in church. After all, if we don’t set the example in the church, then who will?

There is the argument that it really shouldn’t matter what you wear to church. After all, the Lord looks at your heart and man sees the outward appearance, right? (I Sam. 16:7) Wrong. God judges us by our actions, in accordance to His Holy Word. The book of Matthew tells us that you will know a tree by the fruit it bears (7:16-20). In other words, it doesn’t matter what you say, it matters what you do. If a non-Christian sees a Christian dressed any ole kind of way, then you’re misrepresenting who you are in Christ.

Some people would argue what should they wear if they don’t have any church clothes? Well, I’m sure if President & Mrs. Obama stopped by for a visit, they would surely find appropriate clothes so there is no excuse. If you can dig up enough money to buy club clothes, go out to dinner or the movies then surely you can scrape up enough to buy decent attire for church.

At the end of the day, it’s about respect. Respect the house of the Lord by wearing church appropriate attire.

The article below makes some very significant points about dressing appropriately in church.

Churches Grapple With Clothing And What’s Appropriate As Summer Heats Up            By Michelle Boorstein

As Ann Cabiness stood in the Communion line at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Sunday morning, two things were on her mind: connecting with God and getting out of the humid sanctuary before someone mentioned her skimpy tank top and tight, knee-length running pants.

“I know I’m inappropriate, but I’m trying to save time. I know I’m in the wrong. My mother would not approve,” the 30-year-old said sheepishly as she made a beeline from Mass at the Bethesda church to the gym. “But would it be better that I not come?”

Summer in our sweltering region forces a theological question: How does God feel about exposed shoulders in a house of worship? Or toes? Or some glimpse of thigh?

With temperatures in the 80s by 7:30 a.m. services, this is the season for church bulletin items like the one in Our Lady’s: “Dignity & Decorum: Please try not to wear beach shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Thank you.”

In general, casual has pummeled formal everywhere in America, from airplanes to offices. But places of worship — where debates on modesty are not confined to the summer months — may be the final frontier for questions about what constitutes overly risque. And those questions have recently sprung to new life……

You can find the rest of the article by clicking here.

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Ladies, Do You Think Dressing Cute Will Give You A Better Workout At The Gym?

From time to time, I like to write about the things I see in the gym. One of my latest pieces was “Why Waste My Deodorant? I’m Just Going To The Gym”.

But this week, I wanted to write about the women I’ve noticed at the gym & how ridiculous some of them look:

  • Wearing makeup to the gym – Why do women wear makeup at the gym knowing that they’re just going to get sweaty. I understand women who are coming from work who are already have makeup on but what about those who put it on just to go workout? There is no reason why anyone should be wearing makeup first thing on a Saturday morning at the gym. It’s actually more harmful for a woman’s skin because her pores can get clogged up. Plus, if you’re trying to attract a man at the gym he’s going to be more interested in your body than your face
  • Women who coordinate their gym clothes – If you think that matching your tennis shoes to your sports bra is going to help you lose weight, you’re lying to yourself. It’s nice to look the part but women shouldn’t waste their money on fancy workout clothes. Remember, you’re just sweating not entering a beauty pageant
  • Texting while on the treadmill – Why do I see women texting instead of running? Why is your phone even with you on the treadmill? What’s the point of bringing your phone into the gym anyway? You know you can’t focus while you’re on the phone. Unless you’re expecting some type of emergency phone call all cell phones should be left in a locker.
  • If you are bigger than a “D” cup, you need extra support for your breasts – A simple sports bra doesn’t cut it for everybody. We don’t need you distracting other people, or knocking your eye out (lol). So if this applies to you, I hope you know who you are
  • You shouldn’t time your workout based on how many TV shows you get to watch on the elliptical machine – It is nice to put in the earbuds & tune out the world but using a sitcom as a timer isn’t the best idea. You can’t get a good workout if you’re laughing while trying to run on a treadmill. Also, you can totally forget to track your progress if you get too caught up in watching a television show

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Dating Is More Expensive For Women Than It Is For Men

A male friend of mine was telling me of a conversation he had with one of his guy friends about the cost of dating. He figured that in one year he spent close to $10,000 in dating alone, between dinners, the movies, taking trips, black-tie events, gifts, concerts, etc. Now he may have been exaggerating a bit, but the discussion continued on about how expensive dating can be and how women don’t have to spend hardly anything. I adamantly disagreed with this and explained to my male friend that women have to spend money too. Dating isn’t free for us either.

After this conversation, I started to really think about how much I spend on dating. On average, men spend around $50 on a date – depending on where he lives – give or take. As a woman, my money is mostly spent on preparing for the date not to mention the dates that I do occasionally pay for. Hair appointments and nail appointments can cost over $100 easily. Not to mention new outfits, shoes & accessories. My friend was quick to point out that buying new clothes for a date isn’t necessary; therefore I couldn’t count that as a “dating expense”. I told him that it does count because although we women can wear the same clothes after a date, the new outfit would not have been purchased had it not been for that date. For example, if a man takes a woman out to dinner & spends $25 on her meal & $25 on his meal he won’t say the date only costs $25. Instead, he’ll say that the date was $50 – the total cost of the dinner. The argument is that he would not have spent $25 on his meal unless he was out on that date. So, it’s the same thing with a woman buying new clothes for a date. And as for getting my hair & nails done, it may not be necessary but it’s something that men certainly enjoy seeing.

And there’s more to it than just money. Women take a lot of time getting ready than men (between hair, makeup and the like) so not only does it cost us more money, we lose more time preparing for the date. And we all know that time is money.

So gentlemen, yes dating is expensive for women too!

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