Breaking Up With Thrift Stores (For Now)

I made my regular trip to Salvation Army this morning, for their Wednesday half off sale. I found a parking place in the main lot, in one of the painted spaces of the back row. The last few times I have had to park back by the furniture store’s fence, and navigate the kids around the huge puddle/pond that collects in the corner, so I was grateful to be in a legitimate spot today. It didn’t seem any busier than normal in the store; the carts are always in high demand and the cashier lines usually stretch back into the sweater aisles on Wednesdays. As we headed out to the car, though, I discovered that someone had parked us in. Not only us, but every single car in our row was parked in from behind. I was shocked! Fortunately, the girl who had checked out before me (also parked in) came by and I gave her the license plate number, so I didn’t have to go back in the store with the kids and report this ridiculousness myself. Luckily the man came out and moved his truck from behind me in a few minutes. I had visions of being stuck there ’til he’d bought enough junk to fill his truckbed.
Some things come to mind:
1. A single (insert colorful word for a backward person here) parking in this manner I would not be too surprised to see. We are talking about a thrift store, and you get all kinds shopping there. But for seven, eight individuals to pull up the noses of their vehicles to the back ends of vehicles, whose own noses are parked behind vehicles. It isn’t like they couldn’t see that.
2. Was this an extension of the Black Friday spirit, rearing its ugly head at a thrift store? I didn’t go out this weekend much, so crowded stores and consumerism escaped my notice for the most part. The attitude of “I just have to get in that store and get the deals before anybody else, and who cares who that inconveniences” can surface at Salvation Army, apparently. That kind of thinking got a man killed Friday.
3. I don’t consider myself a snob, but the activity of thrift store shopping has become wearying to me in recent weeks. Maybe it is the additional child that makes it that much more difficult to take time out to even go. Maybe it is the fact that I am in no reasonably sized clothing right now. But even today as I was waiting to pay for some kids’ clothes I found (while the vehicle tetris game must have been going on outside), I had the thought: I’m a little tired of buying preowned clothing. Many times I do, gratefully, find just the right thing, and it may even look brand new. And who can complain about the low prices on half off day?! But almost always, I have had to slide so much crap aside to get to the creme de la creme. It is exhausting.
So, from now on I think I’ll direct my Salvation Army donations to the bell ringer in front of Wal-Mart. Right now I don’t care if I ever go in one again, mainly because I don’t want to be associated with those seven (insert colorful word) drivers! It isn’t SA’s fault, simply a demonstration of the consumer’s black heart.
Look on the bright side- all you who receive a Christmas gift from me can know it didn’t come from a thrift store.

One Reply to “Breaking Up With Thrift Stores (For Now)”

  1. That sounded yucky. 🙁 I don’t shop black Friday either. It’s rare that a hot item is something we need, thankfully! This fall, I resorted to spending one week buying boys’ clothing “lots” on ebay with much success! Piece by piece would have been too much shipping.

    OK-now I want to hear how you look through clothes in the shop and keep an eye on all the children, especially 3 little boys! 🙂

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