Outside the Box, Arm Warmers

If there was ever a left-sided only brain, I’m positive it is mine. Being creative has never been natural for me. Growing up I frequently opted out of band and art classes and as an adult I’ve admired those with effortless right-brain talent. Thrifting, however, seems to ignite a little creative spark, tapping into a part of myself that I have believed was nonexistent.

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Just like any muscle, the brain must be exercised – thrifting is my brain cardio. I know its a stretch (pun intended), but there is some truth to it. Over the years, my eye for quality pieces and style has become fine tuned.

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Several weeks ago at the ARC thrift, I was digging through a basket of tights and socks (often these items are new with tags attached) and my eye immediately caught the stripes on this “shirt” above. I picked them up thinking I had found the cutest pair of arm warmers ever! To my surprise, what I had actually found was a pair of baby leg warmers.

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In the past my unexercised brain would’ve had me throw them right back in the basket and walk away disappointed that my find was not what I thought it was. This time though, I knew that they were keepers, despite their intended purpose.

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Baby leg warmers come in so many different textures and styles now days that you just can’t go wrong. Plus, you’ll save a few bucks shopping in the children’s section. I hope each of you leave this post and run straight to the baby aisle in your nearest thrift or retail store, pick up a pair and sport them in a new and creative way.

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