Most of us think of holidays as one of those few days our employer actually pays us to stay home. We all know the big ones: New Year's, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. And yes, some employers are a little more generous but most likely you'll have no more than 7 days a year that you consider a holiday. Depending on your religious beliefs you may add a few more to that annual list, and find that you're up to a dozen or so.
For a day to be considered a "National Holiday" it needs to be declared so by Congress. And then of course we have the "commercial holidays" that we all love, which in effect are simply days that have become popular over the years. We all love them, but for some of us that just isn't enough. Organizations, corporation, and even loosely connected groups of people can "declare" a day for any reason they choose. Some of these days catch on and become popular with the general population, some remain only recognized by their creator, and some fizzle out and become a mere memory after only a year or two.
The point is - Every day, somewhere someone is celebrating something.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 17 ~ National Thrift Shop Day

Of all the strange holidays this one has got to be in the top ten of  "You've got to be kidding me holidays".  Not sure why anyone would think that Thrift Shops needed a holiday all their own but I suppose the event of the day would be to buy something used.

In today's economy and environmental attitude the idea of re-used or re-cycled items makes a lot of sense.  Keep in mind that most thrift shops do not wash items before they sell them, so you're going to want to launder any clothing you buy before you wear them.  Common items that you will find in thrift shops that have always made a lot of sense to me are baby items and baby clothes as they are typically outgrown before they are worn out.  The other times my first thoughts go to thrift shops are Halloween and Christmas.  No, I don't buy my family Christmas presents at the thrift shop, but it is a great place to look for your yearly "ugly sweater" attire. 

If you need to feel a bit more upscale, you can always start out at the Consignment Shops, which although are the same premise, seem to have a bit more high end items.  Many bridal shops have a consignment section where you can find a designer dress at a fraction of the original price.

Have a great day and buy something used!!!

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