It all started when I received a random text from a girlfriend (hey Carolyn!) the other week: “Goodwill date on 11/13 – a restaurant for dinner is still to be determined!” I was utterly confused but didn’t ask any questions. I proceeded to text my husband and inform him that a few girlfriends and I were apparently going out to dinner and shopping at Goodwill for a random night out…his response “for once I won’t have to be concerned about your spending!” A week or so passed and I received another text, this time a huge group text “22 of us are confirmed for our Goodwill date! You have $10 to spend on your partner, dinner will be at ____, see you in your outfits then!” And then I got it. This wasn’t a dinner and shopping trip with girlfriends, this was a grab your spouse, head to Goodwill, shop for one another and buy the most ridiculous things you can find and then show up in public for a dinner out in your outfits with 20 others! Perfection.
I decided on a delightful combination of furry pajama pants with a mock turtleneck, Hugh Hefner velour robe and a fancy remote control tie. Lets just say it was hard to keep my hands off that man that evening…….
We then met up with the group at a nice dining establishment [Lucchese’s if you are local] dressed in our get-up and had a few rules for inside the restaurant – we couldn’t act as if we were dressed weird nor could we use the restroom that was closest to us. Oh no, we had to use the restrooms that were on the other end of the building meaning we would have to walk past the bar and through the restaurant to make sure all eyes could delight in our beautiful outfits. Fortunately the visor provided some nice shade over my face making it a little easier to hide.
It was such a fun and ridiculous night that I highly encourage you to do this with your friends. I’m trying to think if I have ever laughed more from just looking around a dining table and no, I never had. Between the onesies, 80’s space suit, Zach Morris sweater, Christmas cardigans, pleated pants and an oil tycoon blazer – we were looking good – real good.