This week we're letting Vintage Thrift staff member Ilana S. take the wheel. Ilana came to us nearly two years ago with her bohemian-meets-metal style (yes, that is a thing), the eye of a trained photographer, and some seriously pouty lips (oh, man, is she going to hate us for that, but, hey, this girl can MODEL!). Here, she introduces us to a new feature she likes to call "Ilana's Favorite Things."
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So, I don't know if many of you are aware of what happens when you start working at a thrift store. At first, it's a total dream come true — you start saying things to yourself like, "Man, my apartment is going to be so cool. My friends are going to be so jealous . . ." It's heaven on earth — or in your room, car, or purse — for a while, but then reality strikes, and those feelings of heaven are replaced by the dread of h-e-double-hockey-stick (and for the record, we Jews don't believe in such a thing, but if we did, then THAT place). You start sweating because your coworkers are on to you, your friends no longer have any place to sit in your apartment, and you're scared to watch "Hoarders" because you're afraid that you might actually be one. And when that happens, you HAVE to take control of your life. I'm not saying that this pertains to me specifically, but I mean, I can understand how this might happen . . . and when it does, you've got to fight those demons, start duct taping boxes, and give it all back.
When you are that person, you have to find a way to "make it work" for you. So here is my suggestion: Start taking photos of all the things you like, and tell your friends, your family, or even your blog about all the cool things you've found. You'll feel so satisfied! Plus, you can take comfort in knowing that when you take control of your life, those little cat figurines will be right there waiting for you . . . proudly posing on your friend's coffee table.
Anyway, the POINT IS: sometimes not collecting things can be its own fun little game. We all do our best to be minimalists here at Vintage Thrift so that we can give you the best of the best (and avoid any "hoarder" accusations!). This is why I've compiled a Facebook album called "Ilana's Favorite Things".
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Ilana will be bringing you updates on her favorite donations on Vintage Thrift's Facebook page. Give us a "like" to keep up with what's in-store right now.