Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Suffering Through The Thrift Store

I love my wife's ability to sniff out a deal. She has saved us thousands of dollars over many years by being thrifty. I'm proud of her and wish her continued thrifty success. That doesn't change this powerful and undeniable fact.

I hate thrift stores!

You have never been to a thrift store? Well you are in for a treat, grab some coffee (or some other caffeine, or stimulant) and join me on my recent journey to a local thrift store, The Salvation Army's Family Store.

Today at the T.S. (thrift store) all pink tags were 50% off. TSs know how to mark down merchandise. There are usually different colored labels at different discount. Just a little insider info for you.

As we walked in we were greeted by this head. The severed head of a mannequin decapitated many years ago. The lifeless eyes staring at you saying, "buy this old Chicago Bears hat for 40 cents". Notice the safety precautions taken by management by putting a tennis ball on the end. Wouldn't want to poke an eye out.

Moving deeper into the store reveals a great looking wooden doll . A local artisan painted a face on this fine piece. It's as if she is ready to slam dunk a basketball. You might want to consider this item for Fathers day, or maybe an anniversary to say to your spouse, "marrying you was a slam dunk".

One of my favorite parts is the standing around. Here my bride is searching for a treasure, I would help her but somebody has to hold up the walls.

After visiting this aisle, I was given the task of holding the treasure. Today we purchase two heads of lettuce made out of some kind of ceramic or metallic something. Also a glass jar. I believe we also took home this basket.

Another thrift store success! So there you have it, a small glimpse into a typical thrift store. How do you survive thrift shopping?

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this blog post are not meant
to represent the views of the author. This is pure fiction.
The time spent with my beautiful wife far outweighed any discomfort,
angst, boredom that may or many not have occurred, if it actually
happened. Which it didn't, maybe.


  1. I haven't been to a thrift store in a while, but I know that ours actually (last time I was there, anyway) gets clothing castoffs from Target. Once they (Target) mark them down as far as they can and they still don't sell, off to our thrift store they go. It was pretty cool for buying kids clothes!

    I am a minimizer, so I don't go shopping (at a thrift store or any store, really) unless I absolutely need something: with two teen boys, our house has enough. In fact, I need to clean out that closet...

  2. Ya I am with you on that! The problem with thrift stores is that you have to plow your way through piles of...um...junk just to find that treasure. You spend a couple hours tring to save a couple of bucks. My wife does the same thing and once in a while I tag along.

  3. LaurieyoursisterinlawMay 27, 2009 at 6:34 AM

    Craig, you are hill-a-re-us!! I just reread this blog and laughed my head off (haha) again! Love ya!

  4. Hey Craig,
    My other....uh...better half is a Professional at finding them deals. She has saved so much money we could have retired years ago, however we both chose to still work. I have even gotten pretty good at it, bought us two ten speed bikes for $24 dollars....who-ah! I don't know how many years I have spent with her thrifting....she likes to say "going green". But, I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else without her. Like you, I cherish our time together. She will go to Bass Pro with me and a couple more of our "Manly" stores. I share your pain and joy! She got me started on my own blog, beautifuloutdoors. Hers is asouthernrose.
    Take care,

  5. Oh that was great! I laughed SO hard I cried! I can see my husband saying the same thing! Off to read more!



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