On Saturday, I went to the thrift shop to pick out some clothes for my Grandpa’s 80th birthday party that night.
It was a BBQ with a them of “Jimmy Buffet.” Now, I’m not much of a Buffet fan, nor do I know much of his work past “Margaritaville” (incredible). But I figured I would try to bust out a pretty good outfit, and the Good Will about 15 minutes from me always has some goodies.
I love going to the thrift shop. And yes, I liked it before Macklemore told me about it (Plus, I never have $20 in my pocket. That’s high roller money right there). Nevertheless, I still love Mr. Haggerty and thrifting in general.
When I’m there, I ogle at items like Daniel Radcliffe on his first tour of Hogwarts. Everything amazes me. Then I’ll try to explain how incredible my trip was, and people just don’t appreciate it.
To avoid that (or at least give myself something to write about and express my joy in this thrifting experience), I decided to compile a photo essay of my entire day.
When I was younger, I always wanted a Nerf hoop. I never really thought about the ball not coming with it. Note to my past parents: This would’ve done just fine.
I hate cats, but I do enjoy the Cat in the Hat. Still, this toy gave me the willies.
I almost got this stoplight for my sister. Then I almost got it for my Dad. Then I realized it was $5 and didn’t work anymore. Still think he would’ve appreciated it the most.
Every trip to the thrift store has at least one item that raises a dozen questions. This was the one for this trip. What were the munchies? Why is the jar so small? When were the munchies last located there? Are the Meyer’s locals? If so, why did they donate this? Why did the thrift shop decide to put it on the shelves? Based on the position of the apostrophe, Meyer is a singular person in possession of the jar’s munchies? Who is this Meyer? Does he/she even exist? Why was one side of the letters slightly fading? Why were the sides not decorated, but the back was? Why is there a cork for a top? Did there used to be another top?
Every trip has a knick knack that I ABSOLUTELY NEED. This was the one for this trip. As I got closer to the counter, however, I realized the battery acid damage on the back and smartly snuck him back onto the shelf. Still not sure if I made the right decision. It will now forever be 5:11 in my book.
As I moved into the movies/video games section, I was reminded of my two favorite computer games of all time. I received Backyard Football on my birthday…I believe it was 2000. Luckily, it was a snow day. I played an entire season of football that day, with the combination of Dante Robinson to Jerry Rice being the Monsters’ key to success. Then we were upset in the semi-finals by the Fishes. To this day, I still hate fish. And Ernie Steele for picking me off in the endzone twice. Bastard.
If it’s the 90s and you’re on a high school date where you have to switch the VHS tapes from No. 1 to No. 2, do you rewind No. 1 first?
Yes we’re pointing to Big Green. WHY IS THE SECOND MOVIE STARRING HAM AND SQUINTS WITH ALL THE DISNEY CLASSICS?!?!?!
Nevermind. Everything is perfect.
There were three books that caught my eye. I will present them to you without comment, in the order I saw them.
The day was perfect. Especially because this is what I ended up purchasing.
Happy birthday Grandpa!