I’m all about second-hand clothes. It takes much more resources of every kind to make something new. Like Jody from Thrift Shopping Buzz, I always discover amazing finds without having to spend a fortune. When I worked in D.C. on the hill, I bought all my clothes from a consignment shop near Eastern Market. When I lived in Alaska, I worked at a Goodwill type store called Value Village—(my ALL-TIME favorite job, besides packing fish eggs in an Alaskan cannery.) Most of the clothes I wear now are from Value Village I bought back in 2001. My jeans finally wore through the knee and I ripped them last week while putting them on. Bummer. Guess I won’t be wearing these to dinner.
Ahhh, but I digress. This post is about a tiny, crocheted sweater. Honest it is.
My mother got it for Little Precious at the Goodwill. It came with a pair of crocheted white pants. The sleeves are a bit too long as the hands that sewed it may have gotten a tad carried away, or distracted.
It’s my favorite article of clothing that she owns. For one, because she looks so darn cute in it. For two, because I think it’s something a baby might have worn in the early 1900’s. But for three, because I don’t know where it came from. Or who sewed it. Or if some other precious baby ever had the chance to wear it.
Was it given at a baby shower by a well-meaning aunt and placed way in the back of the drawer so that all the new, fashionable clothes could be worn first but in the blink of an eye it was outgrown?
Was it worn once for a special picture? Maybe a Christening in winter….
Were the hands that crocheted it arthritic and worn, sprinkled with age spots?Was the woman overjoyed about the new life entering the family as she created each stitch?
Was it owned by an older couple who tried fruitlessly to bear children and ended up adopting?
Did the baby sleep soundly through the night or keep everyone up with colic?
I’ll never know. And each time I struggle with the buttons, all of these questions flash through my mind. And that’s why I love second-hand clothes. Store clothes are boring. They don’t have a story like that!
It makes for a beautiful mystery.
And I just love those.
What is your favorite treasure you’ve found at a thrift shop?
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