I have been labelled as ‘The Snob’ of the family for quite some time now. This is due to my sometimes-sharp tongue, my dislike of children’s sticky fingers and snotty noses, of not buying food that’s been open to the elements for any period of time, and my general like of things to be new.
So when my sister came to stay and brought with her a present for me from my mum, it took all my self-reasoning to accept it. At first I was touched; my mum had found and bought a dress for me that she thought I would like (always a difficult thing with me – I’m picky at the best of times) and let’s face it, there’s a strict window of time in which we let our mums buy our clothes, so this was going to be interesting. I took out the dress from the bag and my initial reaction was “hmm, not sure but I’ll try it on”, that was until the label fell out.
“Er, did mum actually buy me a dress from a charity shop??” Was my question to my sister.
“Oops, I don’t think mum was meant to leave the tag on.” Was my sister’s answer.
A second hand dress…I borrow clothes from people I know, but I sure don’t buy clothes from places that I don’t know who would have worn it before me. I folded the dress up and put it back in the bag for my sister to take home again. Normally that would be the end of that, I wouldn’t give it another thought…but for some reason it continued to play on my mind. And boy did I begin to feel shitty and ungrateful.
A couple of hours later and I thought, perhaps I should at least try it on, after all, mum did take the time to lovingly think of me and buy me something she thought I’d appreciate.
So I tried it on. Still being completely honest it’s not a dress I would’ve picked for myself as I’m not sure about all the straps but generally I don’t think it looks too bad, and it will be good for my upcoming holiday. As the saying goes “mum knows best”. I think the fact that my mum got it for me and that it doesn’t actually look like it’s been worn, has let me see past the label.
Does this mean I will now begin to rummage through charity shops for hidden clothing gems? No. But perhaps I won’t be so quick to pass judgement on gifts. I suppose it’s no different to shopping for vintage clothing, but then again I don’t think I’d do that either. Vintage items for around the home though, now that’s a different matter altogether.
What about you guys, I’d love to hear how you feel about clothes shopping in charity shops. Would you? Do you?
Until next time.