Megan and the Depot, My Favorite Old Friends
I spent the final day of my trip home in Decorah, visiting favorite friends, Megan and the Depot. Both were wonderful. I enjoyed coffee and conversation at Magpie with Megan. We trolled around downtown visiting all of Decorah’s wonderful shops where I resisted the urge to purchase anything. We also visited my favorite yarn shop where I did purchase something but I used a gift card from Mom for Christmas so technically it was bought before the new Compact-year. Right?
My other old friend, the Depot, was wonderful as well. This was my favorite thrift shop growing up and still is. It is organized by size and style of clothing, it smells good, and has three dressing rooms. Best of all, they are dirt cheap. Almost all clothes cost $2. They also have sales like Fall and Spring clearance where all clothes are 3/$1. The Depot is also very generous to organizations who make quilts and layettes for Lutheran World Relief. They set aside sheets and baby clothes that Mom can use for free.
The Depot has caught on to name-brands. I paid $10 for green suede new-with-tags Born-brand mary-janes when shoes generally cost 50 cents and boots cost a dollar. Good thing they haven’t caught on to “deconstructed denim.”
The Depot only carries clothes in good condition. Jeans usually cost $2 unless they are in poor condition. All faded jeans or jeans with holes go into the “work jeans” bin and cost only $1. Mom asked me to look for jeans for my brothers in the discount bin. I found nothing for them, but two pairs for me! My Levi 518’s have “holes” and my Gap ulta-low stretches are “faded” but they both are deconstructed styles I could have I brought home from the mall.
Most importantly, they fit great and could both classify as “favorites.” With my denim wardrobe now complete I can concentrate my thrifting efforts on home decor and craft supplies.
In this trip I also purchased three tops that I’m excited to wear for school but will also work as teacher clothes, and three shirts for Mom to wear for her San Diego conference.
I had to laugh when they put my purchase in a bag from Christopher & Banks, Mom’s favorite brand (although she has never purchased from their store). In high school my sister and I were just as label-obsessed as the next teen, although we almost never went to the mall. The Depot used donated bags so Kelli and I would always hope for one from American Eagle or Abercrombie. It was popular to carry gym clothes or school projects in those shopping bags so my sister and I insisted on using them as often as possible to “prove” that we bought clothes new.
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