I bought a bridesmaid dress at Goodwill, and I couldn’t be happier!
It’s pink (is it pink enough? I’ll have to ask the bride in person because it certainly photographs pink enough!). It fits (although am I really a size six and not a four? or is that just stupid girl body image crap rearing its ugly head?). It’s JCrew, which is definitely out of my price range.
Here is a picture from the internet (it’s the one on the far right):
I bought the dress, two shirts, and one pair of jeans and my total was $28. BOOM!
Here’s the thing. This wedding, of my best friend, is going to be expensive enough. So, why go over budget on a dress? Now, I have room in the budget to really spoil the bride over the weekend before the wedding.
The used clothing industry is a little strange. I mean, I could have spent $70 on that same dress at a consignment shop or something like the Buffalo Exchange. Why don’t more people like me shop at Goodwill?
I was thinking about this as I was perusing the aisles. There was one put-together middle-aged woman (fancy purse, salon hair) who wouldn’t make eye contact with me. There were families shopping for school clothes and having animated conversations. There was an old couple. They were my favorite. “Oh, look,” she said, “they rearranged stuff!” “Yep,” the man agreed, “they do that to make you spend more money!”
Right, those tricky marketers at Goodwill, always trying to squeeze you for some cash.
Is there a stigma to shopping at Goodwill?
If it’s cool to go to used clothing stores, is it then un-cool to buy things at Goodwill?
I have long ago stopped trying to be cool, so I can’t answer these questions. But I know that I would prefer cash in my wallet to a fancier wardrobe.