The society of thrift geniuses: Jessica & JasonMarch 7, 2011
Jessica once told me that her friends and family just didn’t get it. Having a vintage wedding in Miami that is. This was a new one, even for her own event coordinator and what baffled her family even more was the evening she came home with a rotting old desk that her and Jason had snagged off the side of the street. She didn’t have a clue what she was going to do with it, but whatever she came up with it would be perfect. It sat in the their garage for over a year. There silently waiting for a purpose as Jessica and Jason saved every dime to pay for the wedding themselves, not to mention the countless hours spent scouring the thrift stores for mason jars and throw away books. Supposedly people don’t do these things in Miami. But Jessica did, and whether others understood the reasoning mattered not. She loves it. And Jason loves her and as I stood there listening while Jessica basked over her wedding details, recalling each story to every vase, book, and birdcage I began to feel as if I were part of some sort of misunderstood secret society of thrift geniuses where only one of our own could turn a discarded desk pulled from a pile of garbage into the perfect cake table. A world filled with birdcage veils, paper flowers, burlap table clothes, and bow-ties. And while not everyone may get it, its okay because membership simply isn’t for everyone.