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LOVE LOVE LOVE my library! and battling the frumpies

December 28th, 2010 at 06:09 pm

I managed to sneak off to my neighborhood library today. I am in love-- again.

Last week, I discovered the reference room. I had never been in there before, because it's way in the back and I don't generally use the reference section.

Well, I'm happy I went exploring. They have just about every magazine imaginable, including two specialty industry magazines (very expensive) that have so far been very helpful for my new weekly freelance gig. And I don't have to pay for the subscription. The library also lets you sip coffee while reading. Pure heaven, I tell you.

This is the second week I snuck off to the reference room with a mug of tea in order to write and work. Grandma comes over on Tuesdays to take the babies so I can work, and now that my toddler can find me no matter where I hide at home, (and loves to scream only while I am on the phone) the library is the perfect spot to sneak off. And, they have really comfy chairs and free wifi. Why am I the only one in there????

While I was out, I decided to have a little me time. I have always loved thrifting but haven't done much since I had the kids. Last year, I gave away 2/3 of my clothes, because most no longer fit. Even if you lose the baby weight, your measurements are different, I swear. On several occasions this year-- some work related-- I found I just didn't have anything even vaguely acceptable to wear. I left the house looking pretty frumpy and mismatched, let me tell you.

I live in pajamas and jeans right now, but I really need to get some new work clothes for when I have an event outside of my living room. I hate being frumpy. It's got to stop.

Enter the thrift store.

I just discovered one by my house that is a gold mine. It;s the size of a walmart. I bought my 2.5 yr old's entire winter wardrobe there for $35 earlier in the fall, and my youngest's snow pants for $2.50 and a winter coat for $3.25.

Today, I decided to pop in because I had a few baby free minutes. I thought I'd gamble on some clothes, and I actually found a few things while casually perusing the racks.

I spent $13. I got two Calvin Klein jackets-- one a very fashionable work blazer that I could also wear out, the other a long, black simple coat good for spring or fall. AND I got a pink silky blouse I absolutely love.

Here is the kicker. I saw that blouse in a Macy's ad last Christmas and totally drooled over it, but I couldn't rationalize spending the money. And here, a year later, it's at the thrift store in MY SIZE for only $2.99. What are the chances??

I think there are both auspicious signs for the new year.

7 Responses to “LOVE LOVE LOVE my library! and battling the frumpies”

  1. Petunia in an OP Says:

    It's true; your weight may come back to pre-baby, but your shape may not. (Mine didn't.) You had fabulous luck at the thrift store!

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    I think it's luck, combined with the awesome stock at this particular store. And sigh. I am still sad at all the great clothes I had to give away post baby. It took me years to fill a closet with great, classic clothes that ALL looked good on me, and now I'm starting all over again from nothing. Boo!

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    You are totally right about the body shape change. But I found after my DD I got it back about six years later. Smile
    Great job with the thrift finds and your library time.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I love a good thrift store!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    I'm with you on the library! I prefer to browse at the library and bring home books, magazines, and DVDs instead of doing the mall crawl!

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    I was the only person in the reference room at the library, but the coffee shop across the corner was packed. These people don't know what they're missing-- for free.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Yay for awesome libraries!
    I don't remember where I saw it, but I read somewhere that this time of year is the best time to hit thrift stores. Tons of people taking their clothes to make room for new or decluttering.

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