As a Christian blogger, I do worry about abstaining from even "the appearance of evil,"--in this case, spending without purpose. I would hate for someone to buy what they didn't need because of my example. It's taken me a few years to learn the lesson of "enough" for myself!
After all, for every find I photograph, I can't show you the times I walked out of a thrift store empty-handed, or the tempting items I put back on the shelf.
Or could I?
This week, the Goodwill shelves overfloweth. Drawn by all the autumn decorations I've seen online, I found myself picking up item after item. Before I knew it, my cart brimmed with the thrifty harvest.
Did I really need this stuff? I snapped a photo as I reconsidered the haul.
- I did need the wooden bowls for a quarter. I came specifically to buy two matching containers for fall flower gifts.
- The brown corduroy skirt just sings fall, and yellow tags are half-off. But, this probably isn't the most flattering style. Back to the rack.
- Farewell, sweet acorn-and-oak tray. Old trays are getting harder to find, and this one had a vintage patina well worth its 99-cents. But, don't I already have a wall of tole trays? Can't I just put a sprig of oak leaves on one of those and call it fall?
- This mossy tangle of berries is much more handsome than the Dollar General bouquet we put on my late father-in-law's headstone. (He's in the fake flower section of the cemetery, and we visit once a season to freshen things up.) With the same $4, I could buy a package of daffodil bulbs and a six-pack of pansies to plant instead.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I didn't buy! The feeling of contentment is almost as good as the thrill of the hunt.