A lot of you are being all "frugal" and "admirable" and "responsible" and saying shit like "oh yeah totes not shopping because of [insert adulty reason here]".
I would never presume to denigrate that sentiment because we are all on different journeys and your path
I do respect your choices though, and I want to demonstrate that to you by sending all the things I thought about lately and REALLY WANTED but DID NOT ACTUALLY BUY. (Well ok I mean not "all the things" because that list would be daunting, but here's a good sampling of things I wanted to pull the trigger on BUT IN FACT DID NOT).
|This TOTES GORG blue stripe set from PS of Sweden|
|This BLOODY BRILLIANT set by Le Mieux|
|This trophy I clearly deserved|
|This horse statue|
|this to-die-for OS purple double ombre patent leather Otto Schumacher browband|
|Or the thoughtfully-detailed matching custom purple Otto Schumacher bridle|
|Even though there was a DROOL WORTHY Mattes pad to match|
|and none of these hats|
|not this jackalope|
|nor these highly-appropriate socks|
One or two of you might be like "but think of poor ZB! She has almost no things at all and she probably doesn't even think you love her and and DIDNT I SEE A SWAG BRAG PIC ON SOCIAL MEDIA?"
Well yes. I just wanted to be sure you understood that however much money I may or may not have spent at a tack store, it was still far, far less than it might have been. (Particularly if Otto had just jumped off the rack into my pile.)
|yeah this pic|
That escalated quickly.
I mean, it started pretty innocuously. I found a pair of Kerrits gloves on clearance for like $10.
Put it in the pile.
|also pictured: excellent taste in socks|
Plus then there was a $90 pair of Majyk Equipe hind dressage boots in white on sale for $25, and I'd be stupid not to get them. (Pro tip: admitting the truth to yourself that your drafty baby needs large front boots and XL hinds might sting initially, but you can find killer deals on dinosaur sizes.)
So they went in the pile.
|...don't overanalyze this|
Then it was grooming basics--hard to say no to a purple tail brush and matching curry mitt. Just a couple of bucks, right?
I touched saddles (they comically topped out at a wide, which like, giggle snort, ZB could maybe wear as a hat except her brain is real big too) and taught non-horsey sister about French vs German vs English leather. She is now a French snob.
Then we played with bridles and I DID NOT buy the loooooovely edgewood that was screaming my name. I waltzed right past it into the leather halter section.
(See how many things have not gone in a pile?)
|this was tasty|
I'll be honest and admit I've never had a Walsh halter and that I've been drooling on them for years and that I have a massive tack boner for flat raised fancy stitch nosebands and that havana leather is my favorite color of leather and that I hate adjustable chins and love nice halters.
And I don't know, a fancy stitch Walsh halter just sort of fell into my hands.
It was real beautiful.
I was just trying to keep the drool off it and sort of stumbling back towards the rack to hang it up and newly-converted-leather-snob sister snatched it out of my hands and was like PUT IT IN THE PILE.
And I was like "but $!" and sister was like "EVALUATE PILE LATER", so we moved on to the boot section.
I touched some things, and then I saw what I really needed.
I've been in love with those Equillibrium bumpy polo boot thingys since... hahaha. Well. I had mixed feelings on them until I got to play with Karen's and then T and Leah can tell you that I won't shut up about them the lately.
And remember how I'm learning to accept that my baby horse is kinda giant and needs dinosaur clothes?
It puts the boots in the pile or it gets the hose again.
|spoiler alert #2|
I WILL HAVE YOU KNOW that I then looked at polos and bell boots and helmets and breeches and human clothes etc and added NOTHING ELSE to the pile (that I currently remember). I mean, this was when I spotted purple Otto and browband, but I didn't even let myself touch that for fairly obvious reasons. (Plus leather-snob-sister probably would have had to point out that Otto bridles are way too much $$$ for the quality. Killjoy.)
Fortunately, my pile-analyzing skills are super fly, so I carefully went through item-by-item and then was like #YOLO and bought the whole thing. I mean. I thought about passing on the lonely pair of ME boots, but it seemed irresponsible not to buy them.
|plus they fit so nicely in the cat bag|
And that is the story about how while it might LOOK like I spent a shit ton of money at a tack store, it was really WAY LESS than it could have been.
Plus omg. The pretties.