There are two kinds of thrifting regrets:

  1. Pieces you left behind
  2. Pieces you should have left behind

A good example of #1 is that black Roots cross-body bag I left behind at the Spruce Grove Value Village sneak peek

#verymature #shouldagotthatbagtoo
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY did I leave this behind?!!!  Insert crying emoji x 3 #thriftingregret

Sometimes, when you’re trying to avoid #1, you end up with #2 and that’s exactly what happened to me while trying to embrace the metallic midi skirt trend.  Way back when I was thrifting on wheels, I got a vintage metallic floral print midi skirt (with pockets)…

At the till, I had a little debate about vintage midi skirts. One was pleated, the other was metallic - both are on my thrift hunting list...

I liked that this skirt was metallic but also floral! Makes it trendy but still unique! And yes, I ended up getting both because they are completely different and I *needed* them.

But I hadn’t worn it until today…

Worn with my $4.20 lilac sleeveless top, Bussola sandals from Kunitz Shoes and She Does Create accessories.
Worn with my $4.20 lilac sleeveless top, Bussola sandals from Kunitz Shoes and She Does Create accessories.  It’s downright shiny in person.

It was a nice warm day, it was a nice forgiving work-appropriate skirt, but it just didn’t spark joy.

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Even though it was only $4.90, this skirt is a #thriftingregret of the second variety.  I decided, why waste an outfit on a regret, and changed!

Ahhhhh! That's better! This vintage floral midi skirt also has pockets and sparks joy!
Ahhhhh! That’s better!  Worn with my Saltwater Sandals. 
This vintage floral midi skirt also has pockets and sparks joy!
This $3.50 vintage floral midi skirt also has pockets!  I’ve worn it more times than I could count.

Style doesn’t always make sense.  Sometimes you can take two pieces that are very similar and one ends up a regret and the other sparks a whole lotta joy!  Luckily with thrifting, the #2 regrets aren’t so hard on the pocketbook that they lead to #1 regrets.  In other words, you’re better off having a #2 than a #1.  And with that sage advice (from a mom of two boys who are apparently rubbing off on me), I bid you bonsoir.  (I should have stuck to a bulleted list.)

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