so i spent most of yesterday zooming through the biddeford/saco/arundel neighborhood in search of something amazing, and i have to say it was all a little lackluster. we hit the goodwill, antiques usa, arundel antiques, some store on main street whose name i can’t remember, and a few other assorted locations. and there was nothing.
which actually lead to a really interesting conversation with the boyfriend about how i feel most content when i allow myself to shop (to be open to the possibility of buying), but still come home with nothing. it’s all the joy of shopping and feeling like you can have things, without any of the financial guilt of actually buying them. it’s the perfect balance really.
however, a brief sidetrack to the biddeford marden’s would bring my total from zero to one. a big sign outside of the building (a truly broke down old bradlees) stated that they were having an inventory clearance sale, and that all clothing was 50% off the marden’s price. woot! or not woot… it was a sea of polyester turtlenecks as far as the eye could see… with a smattering of be-glittered skankwear for color. dismal! i could see this from the minute i walked in the door- but knowing well that there are often tiny hidden pockets of goodness within the very very bad- i dug. through everything. twice.
and i was rewarded! nestled in between a row of XXL acrylic cardigans and some truly sensible rayon work skirts, were 3 marc by marc jacobs corduroy prairie skirts marked down from $128 to $12.99 (with that additional 50% off to boot) . they didn’t exactly have my size (10), but i didn’t care so i grabbed the 12 and decided that i could either make it work or sell it on consignment or ebay. (if anyone out there is a 2 or a 6 and in the biddeford area, there’s still 2 left!).
the skirt is from god knows how many seasons ago, and who knows how it ever found its way to mardens… but it’s still cute, winter appropriate, and very well made. and even if it really doesn’t work out… for $6.50, i can definitely afford to make the mistake.