Have you ever noticed how competitive thrift store shopping can be? At my local Goodwill, there are people who wait there all day and run out for each new rack of merchandise. I have be the victim of thrift store stalking too. One time I found a rabbit fur caplet, and a woman asked me if I was going to buy it, when I said yes, she followed me around the store for a good 20 minutes. However, I have to admit, I have done some thrift store stalking myself. This poncho was my prey.
I saw a woman fiddling with this poncho from a few racks away. I didn't know what exactly the garment was, but I was in love with the print. I noticed the woman picking it up, examining it, and putting back down. She did this multiple times, and I anxiously waited to see if she would buy it. Eventually, she put it in her basket and walked away. I was a little disappointed, but continued to search for other treasures. About 10 minutes later, I notice the woman on the other side of the store, minus the poncho! I raced to the last place I had seen her with it, and ferociously searched for it's whereabouts. I was devastated when I couldn't find it. I mean losing it to another person, was tolerable, but knowing it was somewhere in the store un-purchased made me crazy!
After I got over my fit, I started looking in the bedding section, and low and behold, the poncho had been neatly folded and jammed on a hanger in the middle of a bunch of comforters! Luck was on my side! This is the moment however that I realized this print I had been chasing was a poncho.
I don't wear ponchos. Like ever. But I felt after such an exhausting hunt, I should at least buy it and try it out. This poncho has sat in my closet for 3 months. I've never found the right way to style it, but I recently picked up these blue jeans, and I feel like I have found a match made in heaven!
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