A lot of people will tell you that the thrift stores here are too picked over to be any good, but I firmly believe that they are actually the best in the world. I assure you that the thrift stores near Blairs house in Tennessee are not stocked with wealthy peoples castoffs from Barneys or Bergdorfs. It takes me about an hour of hunting, but finally I find a perfect-condition Marc Jacobs blue military shirt for $5. As Blair often says when she shows off a super-cheap purchase, I feel like Im stealing! And I do. I also steal a classic plaid Pendleton skirt for $12, a cream cotton Brooks Brothers blouse for $6, and a long 80s tweed coat for $17. Im $10 over. But since rules were made to be broken, I get them all. True, Blair, shopping at her neighborhood mall, might have brought home a bigger haul. But a better haul? Not for my money. And this is Lesson No. 6: Blair, next time you visit NYC, keep in mind, its HUGE here!!