Now that I'm down to a size 6 (wahoo!!), shopping for clothes at the thrift store has become easy and exciting again. While there have always been lots of clothes available no matter what size I was, at a size 6 not only are there plenty of options, there are plenty of cute options. I've been able to get great skirts and capri pants; blouses and t-shirts to make up my summer wardrobe. I would say I have not paid more than $50 for it all.
Paradoxically, it's become harder to shop for clothes in my neighborhood (aka on the ave in the hood). I've always been accustomed to buying tank tops and bike shorts or leggings (stuff for exercising or lounging at home that I wouldn't necessarily buy at the thrift store) for cheap on the ave. Often times I can find merchandise that has "fallen off the back of the truck", i.e. name brand stuff that somehow ended up in these little stores. A recent expedition to the ave to try to get some new bike shorts/leggings was totally unproductive. Turns out that they either carry extra-small (like for pre-pubescent girls or really, really skinny women) or medium and up (to xxl). No smalls! So my go to for bike shorts/leggings is no longer my go to. Which kind of sucks. But whatever. I'll pony up the $14 it costs to buy bike shorts at Target because exercising in pants in the summer is just . . . not nice.