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when I was thirteen, "What, did you get that at Betty’s?"
– delivered with a snootily-adolescent sneer – was the biggest
put-down you could possibly bestow on anyone. Betty’s, as everyone in
the whole school knew, meant Betty’s Thrift Shop, the one and only
secondhand boutique in my small suburban Boston town, and heaven help
your standings in the eighth-grade social hierarchy if anyone ever spied
you actually walking into or out of its ramshackle little brown door.
If anyone had ever dared
suggest back then that I would one day scour moving sales and estate
sales, Salvation Armys and Goodwills and yes, even dank and musty
little places just like Betty’s, I would have shuddered in revulsion
and publicly proclaimed my disgust for all things less than shiny and
new. Funny what a difference a decade (okay, plus some) can make. Most
Saturday and Sunday mornings these days, you can find my boyfriend and I
tooling around all over town, hopping from estate sale to moving sale,
then making a final pit-stop at our local Value Village. There's not a
whole lot in the world that can provide sufficient motivation for me to
get my lazy butt out of bed at 7:30 in the morning on a weekend, but the
promise of unearthing a potential treasure amidst the junk is too
thrilling to resist. Yes, I’ve wholeheartedly embraced the Church of the Secondhand
Shopper. And like all religious converts, I preach its teachings with
Buying secondhand is
time-consuming, frustrating, and utterly, undeniably addictive. It’s
also the best way to get those apartment necessities (sofa, tables,
bookshelves, lamps) without completing depleting your bank account.
Estate sales, moving sales, yard sales, thrift shops, and-- don't cringe
now -- even the good ol' dumpster (particularly on large item garbage
pick-up day) are all prime sources for the budget-conscious
twenty-something on a home decorating mission. A
few tips for those beginning the bargain hunt ...
chop ... hurry this way please!
lounge . nourish .
. laze . home.