Finding the perfect jeans.

SO.  There I was, minding my own business, walking home w/ my family.  We’re strolling down Baltimore Ave, as we are wont to do, when I spy a box on the edge of the sidewalk.  FREE STUFF.  As I never miss a bargain let alone a freebie, I mosey over and take a peek.  The box was small w/ just a few t-shirts sticking out the side, but right there on top was a pair of jeans.  Hmm.  They looked good.  New even.  Ignoring my husband who told me I was going to get fleas – or WORSE – I snatched them right up.  While John stood watching and yelling at Maddie to PUT DOWN THAT T-SHIRT, I unfurled the jeans.  WOW.  Abercrombie & Fitch low rise flares. Sweeeeet.  And not only were they new, but they were NEW! AND also just happened to be my size.  My EXACT Size.  SHA-ZAM!!!  At 5-10 I have a tough time finding pants long enough when I’m actually shopping and paying real money for them – but to find a perfect pair of $80 jeans just sitting there for the taking….??!   I TOLD YOU I WAS LUCKY.

As soon as we got home I shot to the bathroom to try them on.  I couldn’t BELIEVE IT.  Even after I zippered them up and took a gander in the mirror.  I marveled at my good fortune.  Finding the perfect jeans.  Literally.  What are the chances??  And yet, If I’d followed my husband’s warning about CONTRACTING A COMMUNICABLE DISEASE these plums would’ve passed me by.  If I gave a crap what other people thought of me as I trash picked, I would have missed a GRAND OPPORTUNITY.  Not to wax too philosophical on the point, BUT

Life is what you make it.  DON’T LOSE OUT.

11 thoughts on “Finding the perfect jeans.

  1. Way to go! You probably should wash them before long, even if only to put John at ease. And I’m jealous– those might fit me! (But they look great on you.)

    FYI, Banana Republic started a “tall” line last year and you can scan their site for stale stuff on sale. I’m a big one for keeping tabs on designer clothes going on sale: got two super pairs of Ralph Lauren denims last year at ½ price. Also zafu can possibly help you figure out which jeans are right for you.

    Back to w*rk.

  2. Wow! I think I would have washed them first (heard David Sedaris on Fresh Air talking about getting crabs from thrift store clothes), but hey, good score! Maybe they are Magical Traveling Pants and will fit all your friends, even if they are 5’4 and a half with too many pounds on them?? Haha!

  3. I have been thrift shopping since I was 16 and have yet to catch an STD from used clothes. I also sit on (clean to the appearance) public toilet seats. Ditto. Unless you are trying on someone’s freshly-used underwear or bathing suit I simply cannot imagine catching crabs from second-hand clothes. I am not saying it’s never happened, but I think there would have to be fairly extenuating circumstances.

    Bouncy, I couldn’t agree w/ you more. I am a die-harder and will be till the day I die. Even if I win a million bucks.. which at this rate might not be a long shot. I do seem pretty honkin lucky. Maybe I should go to the Borgata today.

    Panny babe, if you wear my size we can swap via post. I am serious. And THANK YOU for the tips. That Zafu site is AWESOME. I did the “find your jeans” quiz and came back w/ 94 matches. Of course most of them cost more than my entire wardrobe, but BKE is “affordable” at $60 and they are CUTE. I will wait until God leaves them on my front porch steps. Thank you in advance, BIG GUY.
    PS: I was horrified to see they do NOT EVEN LIST LEVIS in their drop down. What the HELL???????!!!!

    Thanks Laura!! I was PSYCHED. PS: Feel free to borrow them anytime, I will get them washed & fluffed just for YOU. 😉

    Oh Baby, you shouldn’t have. REALLY. xo

    Gracias Spidey! We have a McGough (McGuff?) in the family — but it could be a Mac for all I know. Either way, both sides trace back to the British Isles.


  4. Mssc54: HAH! Maddie pulled out a baby doll sized sorority t-shirt and John nearly had a heart attack! Needless to say, only 1 of us got to bring something home. I only succeeded b/c I am too big to ground.

    Curly babe – YOU’RE BACK!! ***Hearts & Stars**** You know you haven’t really lived until you’ve seen the inside of a dumpster. Just ask Mike Rowe! Love ya babe. xo

  5. lol@ hub’s WOPC. i have a hang up of my own that we call OPF here at the CWG ranch.

    it’s my fear of eating OTHER PEOPLE’S FOOD. like, if i come to dinner…don’t make me anything because i won’t eat it. i’ll eat BBQ, but not your macaroni or potato salad. freak alert.

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