substitute teacher: the study of second-hand-shoes

22 Dec

Sharon has this incredible sense of style I have admired since we met, and I am so glad she graciously volunteered to guest post for me!  Today’s lesson: thrifting shoes.  This is something I’ve never been brave enough to do, so I will be taking good notes here.


There is something great about second- hand-shoes.  Before they came into your life, they had a completely different existence full of adventure.  Although you may never know their past stories, that doesn’t mean you can’t add a few more chapters to their lives.  Here are a few of my favorite second-hand-shoes.

These boots were purchased at Deseret Industries for $7.00.  Before they came to me I believe they belonged to an Almost Rodeo Queen. You know, the one with blonde, curly, way-too-poofy hair. She probably only won Miss Congeniality (pity award) in her local city’s rodeo and gave up on Rodeo-Queening for good.

I scored these duds at my favorite thrift store, St. Vincent de Paul, for $3.99. I think an older lady, probably about 63, had these before me. Her name was Bonnie and she was still hip in her older age. I am also guessing these bright, salmon colored shoes were only worn for mall-walking or getting the mail. They were in mint condition when I got them; luckily for them, I wear them all the time.

I actually do know the story behind these lovely, lovely rain boots. I found them when I was helping my husband’s grandmother clean out her attic. I tried them on and asked in my sweetest voice if she was planning on keeping them. She told me they were hers when she was my age, and she wore them every day. She grew up in Finland so they truly have had an adventurous life.  I am so glad they are mine now, and get a lot of use in this rainy, rainy, state (Washington) I live in.



5 Responses to “substitute teacher: the study of second-hand-shoes”

  1. Sparkle December 22, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Oh my, I LOVE the stories you have for your shoes. That is so fun. The rodeo boots are my fave :)

  2. Dianne December 22, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Love the shoes. Love the stories.

  3. Elizabeth December 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    I love your style and the pretty red rain boots are my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

    xo -El

  4. Mandi December 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    I’m glad I’m not alone in thrift shopping. Thanks for sharing your awesome shoes to show people what they’re missing :)

  5. heidi: the shoeologist December 28, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    I love this, I love ALL of this! Thank you so much for sharing!!


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