30 Days of Thanks, day 15- Thrift Stores
During the month of November I am writing about the first thing that I am consciously thankful for each day as a way to intentionally be more grateful. Check out the first one for more information on why I am doing this.
Last week I pulled a muscle on the left side of my hip. I pulled the muscle by limping on my right foot for a few days. I was limping on my right foot because a blister had gotten infected. I had gotten a blister on my foot while trying to be a man and break in new dress shoes.
Side Note- I did defeat the shoes. I am wearing them now, blister-free.
Did you catch that? A new pair of shoes led to a blister, which got infected, which made me limp enough to pull a muscle in my hip. You can’t make this stuff up. Because I’m rather juvenile when it comes to pain tolerance, Janet wishes I was making it up.
Last Tuesday I took a group of students on a field trip to Chilled Ponds where they could ice skate and play indoor soccer. Since I was in pain from my hip flexor (I’m not really sure it was a hip flexor, but that’s what all the professional athletes seem to have trouble with, so I’ll go with that), I chose to wear khakis, a polo shirt, and my casual Steve Madden shoes. It was very important that I choose this type of non-athletic clothes and shoes so that I wouldn’t even be tempted to get out on the ice or field and hurt my hip even more. I probably should have worn a straight jacket and iron boots because I lost that psychological battle and ended up on the soccer field…right after I turned my ice skates back in to the rental counter.
So far, it sounds as if I’m just complaining a lot in this post, doesn’t it? Well, uhhhh, yeah, I am. But here’s the point- I really wasn’t upset about those shoes biting the dust (or artificial turf in this case) because I’ve had them for almost two years and paid a total of five bucks for them. Yep, they were thrift store shoes, just like almost every other pair I own including the offensive, blister-inducing pair on my feet right now. I’ll probably replace those brown, casual shoes with another second-hand bargain.
This may come as a shock to some of you, but I am not wealthy and I love that there is an easy way for me to save a little money and still have the things I need. I’m not embarrassed at all to say I’m a thrift store shopper. Maybe I should be, but since I don’t mind telling everyone about it…
Today, November 15, I am thankful to those who donate their gently used stuff and the thrift stores that sell them to me at great prices.