Earlier this year a Netflix show asked viewers to look at their possessions and ask themselves if what they owned sparked joy. If it did not, perhaps it was time to donate it.
This movement is creating an increase in donations to thrift stores and consignment shops. As someone who loves finding amazing dresses, this is a golden age.
Every month, the MN T-Girls meet for a different social outing. Sometimes we attend a play, or visit a museum, or shop. This month the girls and I met up for a little thrift store hopping to see if anything we found sparked joy. Spoiler alert, joy was sparked. Before shopping, we met for a little lunch at Doolittles in Eagan, a suburb south of the Twin Cities. Excellent food, attentive staff, and a welcoming environment for a group of t-girls.
After lunch, it was time to shop! We started at a thrift shop (Hidden Treasures) just a few blocks from the restaurant. I didn’t find anything that sparked joy, but a lot of the girls did.
While the girls were shopping, I caught up on my reading.
After checking out (and after the girls checked themselves out in the mirror) we went over to Style Encore. Every single time I’ve shopped here I have found an amazing dress. Would this trip also yield success? The girls and I got started.
And then I saw it, THE DRESS. Bright as a star, as if a the sun shone down on it. Was it my size? Did it spark joy?
YES. Joy was sparked.
Our purses a little lighter and a wardrobes a little fuller, we headed home to try on our new clothes and dream about where we would wear them.