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November 15, 2011 at 8:28 AMComments: 4 Faves: 0

My first time in Salvation Army

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

This past weekend I entered the Salvation Army for the first time. How I ended up there is quite an interesting story too. I was driving to a bookstore I was going to be performing at with my friends. They are in a small band and they asked me to sing harmonies and I said yes. It was my first time doing anything like that.

Okay, so back the story, I was driving to the place we would be playing at and I missed my turn. I kept trying to turn around, but every opportunity I had, a car was already in the middle lane turning the opposite way as me. Oh, and did I mention it was pitch black out too? So finally, I saw an opening and I turned into what I saw to be a parking lot. Well when I drove a bit further into the parking lot I saw the lights coming from the store that read Salvation Army.

I looked at the clock in my car and thought to myself, “Hmmm, I’ve got time, I’ll go in and look around.”

I walked into the store and instantly got excited as I saw the clothes were organized based on their color. I walked to the t-shirt section to start and began shopping. As my hands became more and more full with clothes (yes, I overlooked my very own tip from last week about grabbing a cart on the way in. I really need to learn!), my phone started ringing. I saw it was my husband calling. I thought, “Oh great, he is probably at the bookstore by now wondering where I am.”

I answered, “Hey, honey.”

“Hi! Where are you?” he replied.

“I’m almost there. I’ll see you when I get there.”

“Okay, how was your day?”

“Good. I will see you soon.”

“Are you busy or something?”

This was a dilemma, I did not want to admit to him just yet that I was bargain hunting for clothes. It would spark a long conversation about what store I was in, what I was looking for, etc. I wanted to try clothes on quickly and make it to the bookstore asap. So instead, I told him what had been true earlier when I was driving in the car.

“Yeah, I’m just practicing the music,” I said as my hands shuffled through the clothing rack.

“Oh, okay. See you soon.”

I felt a bit guilty about not telling him right away where I was, but I knew I would as soon as I saw him. Plus, I wanted to be quick about shopping and talking more on the phone would hinder that.

After trying on some clothes, I decided on these items:

White sweater dress

I have a weakness for sweater dresses. I think I have 3 now, but used to have 4. They are just so darn cute.

Brand: Unknown
Cost: 3.99

White, cropped, long-sleeved sweater:

I’ve been in need of a white long-sleeve sweater, since the summer actually. I get cold easily, so it’s always great to have long-sleeved sweater within reach.

Brand: Charlotte Russe
Cost: 3.99

Dark, gray t-shirt

I figured this shirt could also go with the yellow skirt I found last week as well as a black skirt I have as well.

Brand: Express
Cost: 2.99

I had a lot of fun roaming through the store and picking out my purchases. Now I was off to the bookstore and would tell my husband right away where I had really been.

Once I got there and found him I greeted him with a hug and then said with a sheepish grin, “Um, Luke.”


“So when I said I was practicing music…well I had been earlier…but when I told you I was, I was actually at…Salvation Army.”

“I knew it!” He laughed.

“But it found ME. I didn’t even try to find that store. I was trying to turn around and all the sudden I was in the parking lot of Salvation Army. So I just had to go in and check it out.”

Photo Credit (main blog photo) / Flickr JonFlood

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  • Love these finds - especially that cropped cardigan! I love cropped sweaters :)

    Keep these blogs coming!

  • Hey Bri, you have a great excuse to go into these thrift shops now, tell your husband, you are researching for your blog! It is the truth! I wish I could tell my husband I was shopping for research for my blog! LOL! :)

  • haha very true Victoria! It is research for my blog! I will definitely have to start telling him that. :)

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