Whilst it's an established phrase for our American sisters, thrifting isn't a word we Brits use, but as my lovely friend Alex pertinently points out in her fab blog, Pretty Frocks and Odd Socks, just lately it's creeping into many British bloggers' vocabularies.
Over here we like to be specific with our second-hand shopping, it's from a car boot sale, charity shop, jumble sale or flea market. How can non-converts be inspired if they don't know where to look? Thrifting sounds like an exercise in saving money and we don't buy second-hand just to save the pennies but to find one-off, unique or vintage pieces to help us stand out in the ocean of identically dressed chain store shoppers.
Another word that gets Alex's back up is gifted. If somebody has been kind enough to buy you a present surely it's only polite to let us know who it was? Us bloggers are a nosey bunch and need to know.
Take these wonderful parcels that arrived today from the fantabulous and awesome, Jem:
Calamity Jem's blog was one of the very first I discovered. Finding her blew my mind, we love the same outrageous prints, retro labels and kitsch bit and pieces. Neither of us dress purely in one era but love to mix up the decades creating our own vintage, not being afraid to get the scissors out and do a bit of customising along the way.
The parcels were wrapped so prettily in things I love, pink flamingos and Jimi Hendrix. I gazed at them for ages before carefully opening them. I will reveal the hidden treasure, you'll have to be patient. If you've never checked out her blog you really are missing a treat.
I'm off for a cheeky midweek drink and a delicious curry shortly. As the next few days are going to spent in a field I need to frock up to the max and don my highest heels.