One of the best things (probably the best thing) about being raised Catholic is advent calendars. For those who weren't so lucky to have been shamed into admitting your "sins" at the ripe age of 10, advent calendars can come in many shapes and forms, but the best ones are the cheap cardboard ones that have a pretty Christmas picture containing 25 perforated windows. Each day of Advent, you open the corresponding window and are rewarded with a chocolate candy.
Advent calendars are really awesome. So awesome, in fact, that they are the model for the next 25 days on Operation Sparkle.
In the spirit of sharing our finds from the day which marks the importance of consumption in connection to religious observance, Laurie and I would like to present you with THE 25 DAYS OF BLACK FRIDAY THRIFTING. Over the next 25 days, we will be sharing our top finds from our very successful third annual Black Friday thrifting endeavor. It was a big one, folks, especially considering the fact that it involved not one, but two, flat tires (we have not yet ruled out sabotage), as well as a brand new convert to Black Friday/Green Bay thrifting, my brother's girlfriend, Molly, who we are hoping will join us sometime with a guest post about her experience.
That said, I present you with my #12 top find, one which falls under #3 on my Wish List:
A merino wool sweater!
This small men's sweater fits like a gem and might not look like much, but the brownish maroon color is so deep and wonderful that I feel like a very intelligent professor/author hanging out at a North Woods cabin as soon as I slip it on. As Laurie explored in this post on menswear sweaters, this section can be a goldmine for women as well, though it is a rarity to find one that is on the smaller side (if you are looking for a large, over-sized sweater, however, those can be found in abundance). Perfect for biking and other winter outdoor activities! Success!