I love color. I especially love color in my house, my jewelry, and other people’s clothing. According to the Pantone Color Institute, these are 2016’s top spring colors.
The names and unique colors seem similar yet infinite. I’ve certainly seen colors close to these over the years but never with these names. Did you know that the people who name colors make a darn good salary?
I don’t know how many of you watch the tv show “Madame Secretary.” If you do, you will see at least 20 items a show that look just like Snorkel Blue color above. Trendy colors such as these are everywhere if you look for them.
For comparison, let’s check out the top colors from the spring of last year, 2015.
It seems we had a Scuba Blue last year and now a Snorkel Blue this year. Also, a Rose Quartz this year and Strawberry Ice last year. I can only imagine how upset I’d be to think I was buying this year’s color only to later learn it was last year’s. JUST kidding!
While I love color, I don’t care if it is a trendy color or not. I care about whether it looks good on me or in my home. I want it to add flavor and dimension to my life. One of the great things about shopping at thrift or consignment shops is that you can buy what you like and not worry about whether the color is “in” or “out” . Constantly changing colors and styles in clothing and home décor is just a way for retail businesses and designers to keep people buying new things long before the old thing has worn out or lost its useful value.
Over the years I have developed my own Top Favorite Colors. They are the tried and true ones that work best for me. They are the colors that stand out when I am looking at a rack of shirts or a piece of furniture.
I think color is way more personal that the fashion industry would lead us to believe. It is kind of like music. Some music makes my head hurt and other music lulls me into a happy, peaceful place. So find the colors that make you happy!
Of course, being a mom isn’t all roses and Sunday brunches; it can be intense, rough, and sometimes thankless. Perhaps the once a year Mother’s Day celebration came about as a collective (perhaps guilty?) recognition that women, especially mothers, are the backbone of our culture, keeping families alive and well without being paid!
Sure, it’s nice to get a card once a year, and I relish every word of love. But I try to be conscious in a more day-to-day way that every capable action my adult children make brings me deep joy.
For all of us who have living mothers, let’s take the time to tell and show them how much we cherish them. A personalized card, a special meal and/or a funny/cute gift can warm a mother’s heart.
We at ECA Thrift Shop have a diverse selection of gifts for Moms right up front. If you need inspiration, we have it. After all, where would we be without our mothers?
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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