Last Friday I took a little trip to the Value Village. I haven’t been in a while on account of general anxiety about ever leaving the house, inhospitable weather, and being on a budget.

The last two years have taken some of the thrill from the hunt. I get sweaty shopping now and I strongly dislike feeling damp. I don’t have the same patience for examining the shelves for overlooked treasure. on the plus side, unusual objects still manage to catch my eye. On this trip I found some beaded bangles, three glass trade bead bracelets that I restrung as a necklace, and a caged hematite crystal pendant that I added to a chain that already had other charms on it. These purchases provided triple fun because I got to shop, do some DIY, and play dress up by piling them all on à lá Iris Apfel.