Of course, by the 7th grade I became horrified by the idea that anyone I knew might see me walking into a thrift store. I didn't want anything unique or out of the ordinary. I wanted the same mass-manufactured tight-rolled jeans and Esprit t-shirts as everybody else. If I didn't have a little upside-down triangle on my butt, I would simply curl up and die.
In the last few years, though, I've realized just how cool and special and fun shopping at thrift stores and flea markets can be.
Can't get this stuff at the mall.
Here are some of my recent thrift store and flea market scores.
White milkglass serving bowl, $8, flea market in upstate New York
Little clay sheep "Sal", $1, garage sale
Ceramic lamp, free, hand-me-down
All framed images (except zebra), $1, thrifted illustration book
Mini green urn, $2.99, thrift store
Blue mason jars, $5 each, upstate flea market
Big initial letters (mine is 'J'; boyfriend is 'V'), $8 each, Brooklyn Flea
What's been your best thrift or flea market find?