Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
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She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
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hard for me to admit, but I'm addicted, a habitual offender,
hooked. No, NO, not on drugs - on clothes. I'm a shopaholic.
I never thought it would come to this. I seldom went shopping at
all. In fact, I despised malls, only went when I was threadbare.
It took too much time to shop and everything seemed so
My downfall started a month ago when I was on vacation; there
was a thrift shop right next door to the motel. Hard to believe,
but I'd never been inside a Goodwill store before. So, I decided
to go over and check it out.
It was downhill from there. When I first walked in I thought,
"I don't like this stuff. It's old and used." But I
decided to look around -- just to try it to see what it was
Then I found something I really liked. I found a skirt that
looked like new and the already low cost was discounted to a mere $2. The next thing you know I had a whole shopping basket
of stuff to try on. All was nearly new and all cost nearly
nothing. I found a black leather jacket for $8. Can you believe
I didn't know it, but I had thrift-store fever. I made several
more trips back to the store before we left, and when we came
home, I found that I could not kick the thrift store habit. I
located a local Goodwill store and continued to shop. I couldn't
help myself. Everything was so cheap, a dress for $3.50 -- if
you were there on the right day.
I began to run out of clothes hangers at home. Soon I had
shopped the thrift store so often that I had bought all the good
stuff. Of course, they put out new merchandise all the time, but
it was hard to wait.
Then I realized that Goodwill has other stores too.
The deals are just as good. I've just come home from one of my
little bargain-shopping sprees. I shopped for three hours and
blew an entire $24. There is one thing good about being addicted
to thrift shopping; it's hard to shop long enough to spend very
My closet doesn't know what hit it. It's stuffed. I have nowhere
else to put anything. Next thing you know, I'll be donating the
leftovers to Goodwill and buying back my own stuff.
The deals, the sales, the bargains! It's more than I can stand!
You can always find a bargain at Goodwill if you are willing to
dig for it. It isn't their fault that I can't resist a bargain.
Not only that, but the money spent all goes for a worthwhile
cause, helping people with disabilities to have jobs. It's
pretty hard to work up much guilt about spending.
I've decided to try to kick the thrift-store
habit, though. I'll wait until I actually need something. No
matter how many half-price sales they have, I am not going to
shop for a while.
I will have to pass up a few of those bargains and let someone
else have them. I know it won't be easy.
Regardless, I'll be the best-dressed person in the office for a
month or so. I'll be in a different outfit every day. I wonder
if I should confess that my red blouse was a bargain and that I
got it for 99 cents, or if I should just keep that to myself?
The word to use, should I decide to reveal my secret, is
"vintage" clothing, not "used."
Just do me one small favor. Please don't buy up all the good
vintage stuff before I've recovered enough to trust myself
Copyright 2007 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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