Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Op-Shop Shopping: To Wash or Not?

Today while thrift store shopping, I was faced again with a question that comes up every time I get something 'new' from an op-shop.  To wash or not?  And by washing I don't mean ever, I mean before you give it its first wear.  This question is clear cut to most people.  OF COURSE  you wash it!  There are some disgusting people out there!  You could get AIDS.  To others, it's just as obvious.  The op-shop probably does something to make it sanitary.  It can't be that dirty.  I'll wash it eventually but right now, I have somewhere to go and this looks great on me.  

I'm a little ashamed to say that for me, I walk the middle line.  I wish I was clear cut about this.  I wish I could tell you that every time I buy second hand, I don't put it near my body unless it has had a good, hot round in the washing machine.  But I don't.  It's really all circumstancial.  If I happen to do a load of laundry before I wear the new addition to my wardrobe, it gets washed.  If I have somewhere I want to wear it to and don't have laundry planned in-between, I go for it.  Gross? Maybe, but I can think of worse things. 

I guess in this area of my life I have high standards when I have the time. 

What about you?

(As much as I try to not take others photography, this is from Frankie magazine)

1 comment:

  1. To follow up on this, I was hemming the skirt I bought today, flipped it inside out, and saw a wierd white stain on the inside lining. It made me gag a little. Since writing this a few hours ago, my position is leaning much more firmly towards 'wash'.