There is nowhere quite as important to a teenage girl as the mall. Not only is it the place to see and be seen, but it’s also where all of one’s fashion dreams can come true. In my day, Wet Seal was THE store. I just knew that if I could get my clothes there then any awkwardness I was facing in those tenuous years would instantly fade away.
I would walk through the door and I would be overwhelmed by the utter stylishness of it all. From stirrup pants to acid washed jeans with zippered ankles and cut off sweatshirts. It was all I could do to stay focused.
Cue my mom.
My mom knew that Wet Seal prices didn’t always match our families budget. And looking back, I realize what a wonderful job she did of allowing me my fashion dreams while also encouraging frugality. We would look through all of the racks and pick out a few things I liked and then head out of the store empty handed. You see, she wanted me to do some price comparisons. To see if, by chance, I could find something similar at a lesser price. More often than not, I would find something I liked even more elsewhere at a price we were all comfortable with. And while I didn’t always appreciate it at the time and I’m sure there was quite a bit of eye rolling involved on my part, now I see what a gift she gave me.
Because now when I see something I like at Pottery Barn that costs $149, I know that I can do better than that!
How to Make a Feather Pheasant Bundle
Supplies: Round container, burlap, twine, glue gun, faux feathers, sticks
Instructions: Wrap container with burlap securing in place with hot glue. Surround with twigs and secure in place with hot glue. Wrap a piece of twine on the top and on the bottom. Put feathers inside container.
I know it doesn’t look exactly like the original version. Feathers are expensive at the craft store and to keep this a thrifty craft I had to use fewer of them.
But, just like my teenage pursuit of the perfect outfit at the mall, I find that I often prefer my own creation to the one that anyone could go buy.
It’s one-of-a-kind, unique and even though as teenagers (and let’s be honest even as grown women!) we want to fit in, the reality is that it’s so much better to just do YOU.
My Wet Seal days are over. And while I’d like to say that the fashions of my teenage years are over too, apparently acid wash, stirrup pants and jeans with zippers at the ankle are all back in again. They’re calling it ‘retro’ which frankly I find incredibly insulting. 😉
But while that season of my life as passed, the lessons I learned during those years shopping at the mall with my mom have stayed with me and now I can pass them on to my own daughter while she rolls her eyes at me.
I guess it’s that whole circle of life thing and all. 😉
I’m so thrilled to be sharing my thrifty craft today with you as part of the Fall Ideas Tour!
Every day this week there has been loads and loads of ideas and inspiration to help you get in the spirit of the season!
Thank you so much for meeting me at the fence today,