If you’re anything like me five years ago, you haven’t yet discovered the thrill of the thrifting obsession because you haven’t learned how to gamify it for yourself yet. It takes too much time. You never find anything good. And all you ever find is overpriced crap you already have or will never need. Then, one day you’re at your girlfriend’s house and notice her gorgeous new mirror that looks like it was $300 at Anthro, only to discover she bought it for $20 at a thrift store. Why don’t you ever have that luck?!
Don’t underestimate the power of a good playlist. It gives people something to talk about, dance to, and covers a lull in conversation. Start the music while you’re preparing dinner, well before your guests arrive. Let yourself jam out to your favorite tunes. It will calm your nerves and bring you out of the awkward zone.