The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Okay, it’s really Salvation Army, but I heard someone call it Salvation Armani once, and that’s the only way I think of it now.
After moaning and whining in my last post about why I can’t stop shopping, even if it’s only at Goodwill and secondhand stores, I’ma confess that I felt really stressed out earlier that day, and that this new-to-me blazer and top were merrily being washed even as I was writing and whining.
I did ask y’all why I could not stop shopping, and Aya of the lovely blog, Couturgatory, enlightened me and made me feel tons better about myself (hey, this secondhand style blogging thing is almost like free therapy, except for the part where I spend money thrifting part…). Aya’s comment at my last post was so awesome, I have to share it:
I relate completely to your closet-stuffing woes. I keep going over trying to purge things, but they’re things that fit and things I like very much.
My unfounded theory is that searching for treasures and exploring is an instinct we have from ancestry- women traditionally searched through areas for gatherable food, humans explored and settled new land, etc.
I think we want to explore and discover and get that positive reinforcement from finding treasure. Careers make us very specialized now, when many of us still instinctively want to keep learning new things. Thrifting is (hopefully!) a mild and harmless form of satisfying that and decompressing from the rest of life.
~ Aya of Couturgatory (November 2013)