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Swap it Out!

IMG_9863When in doubt, swap it out.

Spring is quickly giving way to summer, and you already know that in addition to it being toe-out season, it also is spring-summer dress season. Spending money for new-to-us dresses is something we’ll avoid if we can and nothing was more true for us this Easter.

I know you’re all like,  “But Thrifty Chicks, Easter was months ago. Why are we talking about what you wore from way back then?”
Well, because we’re rusty at this blogging thing and because any time is a good time to swap it out. Whether it’s Easter or some other occasion where you want to look cute without cost, swapping can be an even thriftier option than actual thrifting.IMG_9883

Swapping can be as easy as asking to “shop” a friend’s closet, or it can be a more
formal meet-up where everyone brings something to an agreed upon location to swap with everyone else. In fact, it’s a great way to clean out your closet and replenish it at the same time.

Instead of buying new dresses for Easter, we swapped. Our friend Tasha gifted  this fitted floral number to Ricks, and Ricks gifted a yellow frock to Reese. New fashion for each of us. Zero cost.

 

 

 

 

 


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Food for Thought Friday: Pirates, Free Doughnuts, and Laughs

In case you missed it, yesterday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Putting aside my personal opinions about 2013091995193935how pirates are characterized, I thought it would be fun to dress up and participate. Actually, that’s a half truth. I thought it would be fun to dress up because Krispy Kreme was giving away a dozen doughnuts to any person who dressed like a pirate. I tried to convince Ricks to let me dress her and I’d just play camera woman, but she wasn’t having it. So around 7pm, we went through our closets and put together the most random pirate outfits ever.

We thought we might be the only pirates at our local Krispy Kreme, but we were so wrong. Male pirates, female pirates, baby pirates, old pirates. So many pirates!

2013091995193032Dressing up, engaging with other customers, taking home two dozen free doughnuts (some of which we gave away) led to many laughs and a ridiculous sugar high for Ricks. At the end of the night, I turned to her and said, “I don’t know who else I’d do this type of stuff with,” to which she responded, “I was just thinking the same thing.”

I believe laughter is the best medicine for a lot of things. Earlier this week, I was not a happy camper because I had to pay two red light tickets that cost way too much money and cut into my savings plan. But at the end of the day, I have a lot to be thankful for, including a friend who will dress up with me at the last minute just for the sake of creating memories and laughs.  2013091995193209

2013091995193242Everything in life isn’t funny, but there is almost always room for smiles and laughter. It doesn’t change the ugly parts of the world. It didn’t change the fact that I’m hundreds of dollars poorer after paying those tickets. But laughing reminds us that everything in life isn’t bad. And it reminds us that laughing at ourselves or with others can brighten an otherwise dreary day.

Choosing laughter doesn’t mean you forget bad things happen. It just means you’re putting those bad things into perspective. Find time to laugh.

Have a good weekend!

~Reese