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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

YumaBev is the Thrift Store Queen

Lineman costume
Thrift store T-shirt, don't wear if flying
 I love to go shopping at thrift stores. My friends call me the Thrift Store Queen. I look for costumes for my various music skits, t-shirts with humorous sayings and items to decorate our gravel yard. I rarely spend over $1 per item and often purchase nothing.

Thrift store items to decorate gravel yard

One day I saw something I could not resist. A sequin gown! Now, I need a sequin gown about as much as I need Parkinson's disease. I have no place to wear one, but I have always wanted one. Always. And this one was blue, the exact color I always wanted. So, I took it into the dressing room just to try it on. I could fantasize for a little while, couldn't I? I mean, what could it hurt?

It seemed the right size, but it had no zipper or buttons. So, I tried to put it on. I got my head and both arms through and promptly got stuck. Totally stuck. Completely stuck! It wouldn't come off or go on. I was stuck and all by myself, having left my Wonderful Husband at home. He normally comes with me if I am clothes shopping, but I had no plans to look at clothes this trip. 

We Parkies often have trouble taking clothes off over our heads, since that requires using muscles that are generally not flexed and they tend to disobey commands from the brain. Just like sometimes a Parky will plop down in a chair but have no difficulty getting back up.

So, here I was, a 49-year old woman with granny type sneakers on my feet, stuck in a dressing room with a sequin gown half on. I didn't know what to do! All the nearby voices seemed to be teenagers and I wasn't going to embarrass myself in front of a teen. So, I kept wriggling and got stuck worse.

Finally, I heard a familiar voice, a close friend, who is also a thrift store diva. I called out her name, and she found me and helped me get the gown off. We had a good laugh and I treated her to dessert nearby. Then she said "I bet you are supposed to step into that gown, not put it on over your head", so we went back and I tried it again. And it fit, perfectly, though I still needed help. So, I blew my budget and spent the $6 to buy it!

I took it to the best alterations place in town and asked the owner if she could put a zipper in it. She took a close look at it and said "No way, this is a custom gown, one mistake and the whole gown will unravel". Then she asked how much I paid, and I said six. She said "$6000, that's a great price", so I quickly left, smiling from ear to ear! 

A few months later, I treated my Wonderful Husband to a cruise. My Wonderful Husband and the Captain shared the same first name and both had relatives in the same town in Italy, so I got my picture taken with the two best looking men on the ship, wearing my blue sequin gown!  

Wonderful Husband, me, Captain
My Wonderful Husband says the gown really cost $606 ($6 for gown + $600 for cruise, so I could wear it). 

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parky Day!


  1. Love this post Bev Hope you and Uncle Sam are enjoying your summer. Love Mary Ann

  2. You would love my friend Dawn's place Thrift N Things.....great place just outside Myrtle Beach

  3. another great "written visual" by Bev! Hmmmmmmm.....maybe you could do a video trying on the dress "Sequin Survivor" and charge $1.00 a view---you'd be rich!

  4. wow great story! My daughters both haunt thrift stores--correction the older is into "vintage" and the younger likes stuff she can reconstruct. You look great! I still have a few gowns and costumes from my ballroom dancing days . Gotta find a partner!

  5. I just love your sense of humor! I tell some of the jokes of the PD site and sometimes people can't believe how we joke around about it. But they say laughter is the best medicine right?

  6. aHHH .... another blue eyed blonde in a STUNNING gown!! Love it!

    1. My eyes are hazel, not blue, but thanks for the compliment!!!

  7. I love this post!! I hope you had a wonderful time, and you looked beautiful in the dress!! We just got off a cruise ourselves, I originally bought this beautiful purple mermaid dress but it needed to be shorted before the trip... needless to say the alterations on the dress would not be so easy either but I still plan to figure out something with the dress for our next cruise.

  8. Excellent buy! (my daughter in law wore a $5 prom gown as mother of the bride and my dress in my FB pic cost me 10--we all fancy royal blue)!!!

  9. What a great story Bev! Also love what you have done to your yard! You are definitely a Thrift Store Diva!!