It’s not often that I go thrift shopping for others, but I had birthday gifts to acquire for two very important ladies in my life: my mom and my pal, Zita. Purses were something I knew these women needed and could appreciate. And man was it hard not copping some items for myself! Can you believe I stayed strong and made it out with nary a find for my own closet? Yay self-control!
Momma needs a new bag! No, really, my mother needed a better purse — one with plenty of pockets and compartments to organize all the clutter of her previous handbag. This canvas-colored satchel ($9.99) is kinda briefcase-like, but I couldn’t resist snatching it up. Although I really contemplated keeping it for myself (it’s that fancy), I knew it would be in much better hands with my mom. Good looking out as always, Salvation Army.
You know I really have to love someone to pass up on a perfectly good Liz Claiborne bag ($7). Love you, Mom! I found this muted little number tucked away in a pile of purses at the Assistance League Thrift Shop on Retro Row. This will come in handy when Mom is packing light, perhaps to a lunch meeting.
Zita came to mind when I discovered this woven, tan clutch with gold detail ($2) at the AIDS Assistance Thrift Store, also on Fourth Street. I knew it would be a welcome addition, since weeks prior I let her borrow one of my clutches while out on the town. This spectacular steal is fitting for the current season (it exudes a certain tropical vibe) and can go with just about anything. Dress it up or down, go from day to night — run wild!
Grand total: $18.99