I haven't been thrifting much lately. Truth is, even thrift stores and yard sales aren't free. And the more shameful truth is that I can get a little carried away with my bargains and still waste money...which ends up not being thrifty.
But one of my favorite local haunts beckoned me last week. My favorite score, you ask? The mother lode of magazines. And at 10 cents a piece, I did what any woman would do. I bought forty.
You read it right. Forty. And though I am probably insane for hauling home 40 magazines, I rationalized that 40 at 10 cents is still less than one in the checkout line. This is how I justified a hernia-inducing load of magazines to The Man...who just smiled and shook his head.
They were all published within the last year too! Country Living, Martha, Coastal Living, Better Homes & Gardens, etc. As much as I love my favorite decorating blogs and seeing real people spruce up real homes and real furniture, I'm still a sucker for pretty magazines. There's nothing like a cup of coffee and page after glossy page of hydrangea-laden tablescapes and dreamy cottages.
And after I'm all inspired and ready for some new reads, I'll just recycle my 40 magazines by delivering them back to the same thrift store. Because I'm green like that.
So the next time you're tempted to spend $5 on that pretty magazine in the checkout line, don't! Get in the car, drive to your nearest thrift store, and get yourself a Southern Living. Or 40.