Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The Christmas Coat
As promised, I've tracked down the girl in order to share this other fun flea market find. Juliana and my mom came with me on the fleabitten excursion. We dug through rack after rack of vintage clothing, laughing mostly. Me sounding more like my mom all the time with phrases starting with "oh I remember when we wore this...". We had Juliana completely amused. I stumbled across this awesome coat and as soon as I showed it to Juliana it became a blur of red and green before my eyes as she threw it on in haste and ran over to a mirror.
Every woman in the nearby cocked their head sideways and said nice things, and how it was perfect for her, cute, adorable, wished they could pull it off, etc. Juliana's eyes were big and her smiled restrained with the prospect of wearing vintage to highschool. Is there anything cooler? It was cool when I did it. It's like a right of passage for a girl to start thriftshopping at this age. It's so funny.
However, buying it is one thing, having the guts to wear it is another. She started wavering just slightly when we got it home, asking if maybe we should cut down the size of the collar. I didn't completely refuse, but let her know that there is something special about leaving it the way it is. She kinda didn't trust me. So in Juliana style, she surfed the web, found out about the maker of the coat and also found this one which made her feel really cool. In fact when she first found it there was a more colorful plaid version that is now unavailable. Did you see the price tag? We paid 24$ for ours.
Of course I love teaching her the value of a dollar in such a quirky colorful enviroment. We all hovered a little longer, each at different booths...me with buttons, textiles, and furniture, my mom with antiques, Juliana with the jewelry and clothing. I guess I should appreciate that we all love it equally, and can stay for hours on end, striking up conversations and giggles based on whatever is in front of us.
Learning the value of a dollar is a good thing, learning the value of a daughter is a greater thing.