It sometimes feels like The Enquirer has a Julia Roberts story every other week. I don’t know if someone vaguely related to Julia just loves to talk sh-t about her (maybe) or if the Enquirer is hopelessly out of touch with what’s going on with the younger celebrities (definitely). In any case, here’s this week’s Julia story: Julia loves to shop at thrift stores, consignment shops and the Goodwill. I actually enjoyed this story because I think the Enquirer is encouraging us to judge Julia as “cheap” and “tacky” but I think being thrifty is a refreshing trait in a celebrity:
She may get a $20-million-per-picture paycheck, but movie star Julia Roberts is still a die-hard bargain hunter when it comes to clothes. Instead of buying her three kids the latest designer duds like other celebrity parents, Julia prefers “gently used” threads from the local thrift store!
“Julia loves hitting the Goodwill and consignment stores in New Mexico and Arizona,” said a close source. “She’ll go almost anywhere in search of a good deal!”
When Julia, Danny Moder and their three kids are at the family’s ranch in Taos, Julia often piles the clan into the car to head off to Santa Fe and Albuquerque in search of a great buy.
“Heck, she’s been known to travel all the way to Tucson for a weekend of shopping at second-hand stores,” the source continued. “She refers to the clothes as ‘gently used’, ‘previously owned’ or, her favorite term, ‘vintage.’ She’ll come home from an outing at a thrift store with her armful of clothes for the kids and happily exclaim, ‘Look what I got for just ten bucks!’”
And Julia isn’t above wearing secondhand clothing either. Julia once reportedly fell for a floral-print dress she spotted in the window of a thrift shop in downtown Santa Fe, but realized she’d left her wallet in the car when she went to pay for it. So the frugal gal took off her jeans and swapped them for the frock!
[From The Enquirer, print edition]
You know what? For the most part, when you’re talking about kids’ clothes, I really don’t understand why you would NOT shop at thrift stores and the Goodwill. Does that make me cheap and tacky too? Kids outgrow their clothes really fast, and as long as you wash the second-hand clothes after you buy them, who cares? As for shopping for yourself – well, some people just like those vintage-y, dated clothes that you can find at thrift stores. I once got a great pair of jeans with the most stellar boot cut ever. It was just the right amount of flare. I loved them and I wore them to death and I think I paid like $5 for them. Thrift-store shopping is an art, and I salute Julia for refining her talents. Plus, it’s just a good way to save some money. You don’t think Julia still commands $20 million per picture, do you?
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