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By Carol Perkins

A friend and I were talking recently about going thrifting. Spending a day browsing through other people's discards is thrilling because I never know what I might find. I have a beautiful vase I bought for three dollars! Thrift stores and yard sales have decreased the stigma of wearing other people's clothes. Consignment shops and eBay (and all the other sites) are popular, and online clothing auctions in demand. If I find a bargain, I love to tell it.

My grandchildren love to go "thrifting." When I am in Austin, Eme knows all the good places. When she comes here, we hit those in Glasgow and Bowling Green. She picks out things for her brothers, too, when they aren't with us. Times have changed from the brand name rage.

When I was young, giving clothes to other people was a touchy situation.

It could be offensive unless the giver was in the family. I had a "rich" cousin who often sent a box of clothing each summer to my grandmother Sullivan's house for us "country" cousins. Even though I usually didn't get to go through the box until the clothes were picked over, I did end up with a few things. One item was a dark and light pink strapless formal. My aunt wore it to a Western event, and I wore it to a prom. It is still in the back of my closest. Wearing her clothes didn't feel right. I'm so glad we don't have the same sentiments about clothing today as we did then. At least I hope not.

My good friend Susan has the cutest clothes. When I comment about an item, she tells me that one of her nieces gave it to her. "I never have to buy clothes." If a box arrived today with dozens of items from an anonymous donor, I would not feel the least bit embarrassed. I would rip off the top as fast as lightning. (My address is in the phone book.)

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