Monday, June 21, 2010

Secondhand Sand

This weekend was all about the thrifting. Of course, we did also go to the zoo this weekend and have Father's Day and watch Toy Story 3 at the drive-in, and last weekend we had the Monroe County History Center garage sale, so that was thrifting, too...

Just go with me, here. This weekend was all about the thrifting.

First, of course, are the Friday morning garage sales. We don't often hit these, but we were on our way over to the Community Garden, anyway, and I did just happen to have a little cash money in my pocket, and that's how we ended up with a Belgian waffle maker, a Ziplock baggie full of little plastic cowboys 'n Indians, and Sydney's new best friend:
For four dollars.

But of course, we all know that there is no thrifting like the thrifting that is the Goodwill 50%-off Storewide Sale. I bought T-shirts to remake into baby bags, a sorely-needed new pair of blue jeans, subtraction flash cards for Willow + road trip, several pounds of that colored sand that you layer into jars to make shelf pretties, two dinosaur books, etc.

Sydney's mania for all things pretty has nearly driven me out of my gourd. I am SO tired of the child's refusal to wear anything but dresses and skirts and tights and leggings and hairbows and barrettes. I have to braid her hair into two pigtails and put a bow barrette at the bottom of each pigtail every morning. Every morning! All the people who are reading this and who knew me as a child--I'm talking to you, Aunt Pam!--are laughing their asses off right now. I didn't even wear make-up to my own wedding, and here I am with a house full of pigtail braids and bow barrettes.

Anyway...this was the last storewide sale until September, which means that it's time to look into the fall wardrobe. I thought about buying Sydney some practical long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and then I thought, "Aw, screw it," and ended up buying her a big stack of party dresses:
Yep, party dresses. Lace and tulle and smocking and petticoats and  puffs and velvet and ribbons:
The child now has party dresses for play clothes. Whatever, she can wear leggings and tights with them when it gets cold.

Willow has her own methods for driving me nuts, but thankfully clothing is not one of them. A while ago now she tried for a couple of months to insist on "pretty" clothes, as well, but she couldn't stick it. She basically pulls her clothing from the top of her clothing drawers, and as long as she can climb trees in it and get it muddy, she's good to go.

I actually do take pleasure in choosing the children's clothes--even digging through acres of party dresses was fun when I anticipated Sydney's joy in being presented with them, and even though Will doesn't much care about what she wears, I take a lot of pleasure in choosing clothing that is centered on what she does like--dinosaurs, horses, farms, outer space--and clothing that is centered on what I like. That's why my kid is occasionally seen wearing an AC/DC T-shirt.

Usually, however, my clothing choices look more like this:
Or perhaps this:
Five years isn't too early for a kid to dress a little skater punk, is it?


Unknown said...

Yes, I am laughing my ass off.

Angela Friedman said...

I hate to warn you... but as a lady who was once frilly-girly-happy just like Sydney... We don't grow out of it! I still insist on wearing party dresses in the dead of winter, to work, on road trips... And my bedroom is still bright pink. So get ready - you're in for a long haul :)

julie said...

How do you get muddy and climb trees? But I bet you photograph really well, and you can probably sneak into high-class functions way easier than I can. As long as I can keep Syd from dressing like a prostitute when she's a teenager, I think we'll be good.

Manon Fokkens said...

Sydney has a fierce sense of style.

Anna said...

If you don't already have it on your itinerary for this Saturday morning, there will be an awesome moving sale at 3407 S. Kennedy Dr.

Honey said...

Just found you! SOOOO glad I did 'cause I like the fact you blog like you're talking. Anyways, I wanted to share that as a Uncle Will & Aunt Sally shoppers (Goodwill/Salvation Army) may want to be a bit careful... Apparently bedbugs are becoming an epidemic. They can live in anything & not eat for up to a year. I've become terrified and..I miss my favorite Aunt and Uncle! But, wanted to share so ya'll never have to say "Don't let the bedbugs bite" for real! ;)