Happy Easter! Spring has finally sprung and the weekend has been wonderfully sunny. Can you believe that just a short while ago we had a day of constant snowfall? The warmer weather reminded me that I was in dire need of a new pair of sandals. My current pair are completely thrashed. I don't have a lot of luck thrifting shoes. They are either a poor fit or don't fulfill my needs (hello blisters!). I tried and tried and then finally realized that I was just going in circles wasting time, energy and transportation costs. And in the meantime, my poor feet were suffering. Instead of living a simpler life, I was complicating it and generating a lot of stress and frustration. So, I decided to drop into Marshalls for the first time. It is a US based offprice department store, quite similar to Winners. I wonder if they are sister companies as the price stickers are almost identical. Usually, I avoid such places as the miles of jumbled up racks and I find having to dig for a fashion bargain to be quite offputting But this time, it was a quick and easy experience. If I go in with a specific shopping list and stick to it, then it is painless and enjoyable. Strange how I don't mind hunting the racks at a thrift store but dislike the experience in a retail setting. I suppose that, when I do shop retail, and yes, in my book, an offprice department store still counts as retail, then I want it to be a proper retail experience. My trip was a success as I scored this pair of sandals.
They have a comfy shock absorbing rubber sole but the gold and silver beads on the stretchy elastic band give them a bit of bing and lift them up from old lady walking shoe territory. And you know what? I felt such a feeling of gratitude and appreciation when I brought home this one pair of sandals that I really needed. And that to me, is the essence of intentional spending.
Speaking of thrifting attempts, here is one attempt that paid off in spades. I scored a preloved Roots tote bag this past week. If you grew up in Canada, you may recall when monogrammed Roots bags were all the rage. Oh, how I wanted one! But I was a poor university student at the time and could only lust from afar. Imagine my delight when I spotted this vintage beauty.
Look at that shell pink "C"! It was meant to be. It has lots of interior side pockets (I do love a pocket) and is the size, not too cumbersome nor too impractically small.
So bring on Spring! I am ready.
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