Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Empty handed but level headed

I walked out of a Gymboree store empty handed today.

Yes, you saw that correctly. I'm telling you - I have changed! I took both girls to the "big mall" in Columbia so that the Bose store could send off our CD player to get fixed. Normally I put off this kind of errand forever, but I really miss our family dance parties to the "Samba Soul" CD that "Ah-na" (my sister Susan) gave to Esther. I lucked out at Bose - instead of paying $75 to send it off and get it fixed, one of the guys that worked there just took off the bottom part and got out the 2 CDs that were smushed into the single disc CD player. SOMEONE pushed a 2nd CD in there... evidently. I was psyched!

We went into Gymboree, in part to look for birthday presents for my sister's kids, but my heart just wasn't in it (even though I have a $25 merch. credit). It seemed like too much trouble to have to sort through the clearance rack, trying to match pieces from the different clearance racks, etc. I've lost my mojo too, because there wasn't anything I saw that was 70% off. Normally I can spot the "super clearance" items about a mile away.

I'm thrilled about this change in my outlook about shopping. I haven't been a big shopper for myself in recent years - but when Esther came along it was fun and a way to pass the time. And when I felt out of control in the rest of my life (God, I am SO dramatic) it was kind of soothing to know that I had outfits for her that matched, right down to the socks. I never spent a lot of money - well, collectively I did, but I never, ever bought something that wasn't on sale and I never paid more than 50% of the retail value at Gymboree.

To be fair, the largest amount of clutter came from thrift store purchases, not from Gymboree. But it was definitely part of the problem. I have a few bags of unsorted clothes from both stores that really need to be put into their proper bin with like size and season - but I'm kind of scared to see what's there. I've been putting it off for several weeks now.

I'm proud of myself. While this hasn't been the hardest thing that I've ever done in my life (getting started breastfeeding Esther and getting through grad school while conquering the related depression both take first prize there) it is still a demon that I'm glad I conquered.

If I could just make some progress on the other major demon...

8 comments:

Sarah said...

How far you have come! I am so impressed AND proud of you! Although, I realized today that Caroline is growing out of her current clothes by the minute...but I think i can handle that on my own! So proud of you...

Sandy said...

WOW Ellen, Look how far you've come in such a short time!! Congrats! With you buying less, I can actually pick up a few things for the girls while I am out shopping! :-)

Fiona said...

Oh how I miss bumping into you while at the Thrift store! But I'm super proud of your achievement. Plus ... it makes me look a better mum, as I've only ever had 1 matching outfit for Kara (with mismatched sooks - so does that count?).
(PS. Hate the time difference! I was about to pick up the phone and call but (theoretically) you're already in bed).

Thrift Store Mama said...

Oh yes Aunt Sandy. The girls always have plenty of room for your adorable things! Esther is FINALLY wearing a 2T, so she can wear the adorable flamingo outfit that you got her when you were here visiting in 2006!

sleepy_mama said...

Love the post's title!

sleepy_mama said...

Special request: can you video one of those dance parties and post it online?

Sue said...

My shopping ban had these unexpected benefits too! (Hopefully they last.) I find that my kids tend to wear the same 8-10 outfits all the time (as do I) and play with only a fraction of all the toys we have. While we still have a lot of stuff here, I am not adding any more! That way my de-cluttering project actually makes a difference.

Way to go!

Ruth said...

Wait a minute - I thought I was reading Ellen's blog!

 
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