On this Mother’s Day, I celebrate the woman who shaped everything I am now and will be in the future.
|Even while toting me around, Mom still had a great sense of style|
As a girl, my mother would take me to the local Goodwill to shop for anything and everything. I used to roam the isles holding my nose from the smell of moth balls, must and body odor, and sneezing from the dust. I found the store disgusting. I never understood why she frequented a place that made me itchy and had foul, weird looking clothes. We weren’t “poor.”
Fast-forward 15 years and I see thrifts stores with the mature and fashionable eye my mother had. What she saw in a skirt that was too big and misshapen, was a cute pencil skirt after some finagling with scissors
and her sewing machine. Every piece of clothing had promise, and every household item could find a new home in ours or someone else’s once she repaired or polished it. She had a gift and her wrestling me through those isles made me see what I could do with purchases like these…
|Cream “Wedding” dress: $5.99, down to $2.99|
I see this as someone’s wedding dress back in the 60s. She had a shapely and toned body, bronzed skin and her hair was twisted up with hints of baby’s breath tucked in…And somehow this dress fits me perfectly for a halter. It accentuates my toned shoulders and hits me at the smallest part of my waist.
I plan to do a 360. I’ll dye it sapphire or royal blue. I know I can’t keep the crocheted section from the dye, but some dye remover may help.
As for this dress…
|Cream, purple and silver stripped 70s Disco dress: $7.99, down to $3.99|