Monday, October 27, 2014

Secondhand Challenge, Michigan ed.

I'm still so mooney-eyed over our two quiet days in Michigan.

Last night Cory and I were eating bowls of soup at 10:45 pm (duh) trying to figure out how/where we could find the entire series of Seinfeld because it's been too long and we need a new (old) show and I have a crush on Jerry and he has a crush on Elaine and don't even get me started on Kramer.

We didn't have any luck, but sitting there under the granny square afghan, I felt a pinch of the blues. I wanted to be back in that little cabin. I wanted to be traipsing around in the crunchy leaves. I wanted my kids to be on fall break another week. I wanted late nights and no responsibilities.

It felt good to be huddled up.

Alas, the shorties didn't feel my pain.
They woke with the roosters this morning, all keyed up and ready to see their friends. It's supposed to be 77 today, so Calvin snuck in one last "shorts" day.

Calvin and Ruby officially started chess club this morning before school. Ha! I have no idea how to play chess. They don't know either, but they will soon.

As they were getting ready I told Ruby "them", "Remember, you have to listen and pay attention. You're going to learn how to play chess! It'll be fun, but it's not going to be rowdy."

She gave me the funniest look and said, "That's it? That's all we're going to do?"


Since the week is in full swing and I know now's my last chance to preserve my vacay state of mind, I'm sharing a few more key moments from our get-away.

(Make sure to read to the end, because I have some questions for you...)

Earl Grey at a little brunch cafe. I brought my own tea bag. Ha.

We stopped at the BEST junk/antique store ever and both of us took one picture with our cameras before the owner ran out screaming, "No pictures!" I said, "I can't even tag you on Instagram? Because people need to know about your place!" Nope. No way. Uh-uh.

I don't get it, dude.
Art is meant to be shared!

We found a Thai buffet.
WHAT???!!! I'm so obsessed with Thai food.

I posted this pic of my Anniversary '14 souvenir on Instagram and almost tipped the world off its axis. People thought it was some trippy optical illusion, like I had a window cut out of my body. At first I was so confused, but it ended up being one of those times when the power of suggestion proved an untameable beast. Now it's all I can see.



I did a little thrifting. For you.
Cory dutifully dropped me off at 3 different stores and read his book and/or napped in the van while I shopped my brains out.

I found some very good things. (And some great things in plus sizes!)

But I need your input.

The first go-round went pretty well, but here's what I learned.
1) Shipping is more than $6 (It can vary between $6.35-$9)
2) It can take more time than I'm willing to give to categorize and track down winners
3) It can take more time than I'd like to admit to shop for, photograph, and post the outfits
4) Shipping stuff is not my spiritual gift

So, I want to keep doing this. At least another time or two.
But in order to make good use of my time and in order to not lose money, a few things have to change.

I'm thinking $22-$24 per outfit, knowing the outfits (2 items) typically cost between $11-13 and shipping averages $7.

It won't be as much a "cheapest outfit ever" scenario for you guys, but it's still a heck of a deal for a super rad, good quality outfit (always two pieces that can be mixed and matched with the rest of your wardrobe,) delivered to your door.

Do you still dig it?

I'm also going to make the requirement that you include an email address in your comment if you're interested in an outfit, which should make it much simpler to let you know you won and to finish the transaction.

Personal opinions of passion or angst?

I'm all ears.