Yesterday I roamed the mall looking for a little girl's dress. It had to be pink or red, long sleeved, not too flimsy and not too short. I couldn't find anything! I went to Sears, JC Pennys, Mervyns, Dillards and Macys! They all had the same styles. Most of them were either tank top dresses or red velvet with white fur trim that looked like Santa's helpers. And what is with the 70's patterns? Paisley, large art deco floral patterns? Pink and brown??? I have been shopping at thrift stores for the past couple of years. I thought that the clothes there were kind of hideous but the $3 price tag made them almost OK. Little did I know that most people are paying $30 and up for the same ugly shirts at the department stores! I am appalled.
Today I went to Kohls and I did find one girl's dress that met my standards. It had long sleeves, it was black and red and the length wasn't too short. It was on sale for $41, down from $65. It was made in China but I was desperate. Finding a dress made in the US would have taken much longer and would have cost a whole lot more. I should really learn how to sew.
I was drawn toward the 70-90% off racks and I thoroughly searched for anything that I could wear to work. I picked up 3 things but ended up putting them back. Even though they were only $6 a piece, I kept looking down at them and thinking they were ugly. Even if they were free I don't think I would wear them. I am glad that I didn't spend the money.
So, I made some progress today. My box to Hungary is ready to ship. One family crossed off my Christmas list, and early too! I have never sent a box this early. It might actually get there by Christmas!