"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

August 17, 2011

The Thrift Store Is A War Zone

I have a new obsession with reading blogs about other people's thrift store and yard sale finds. And, on occasion, I'll come across a post that talks about the dreadful behaviour of other shoppers. Supposedly, some people have been known to push others out of the way to get to an item while others will grab items out of other people's carts.

"Geez, glad I never encountered that!" I thought when I first came across one of those posts.

But, today, as I was wandering through a thrift store thinking, 'Who buys bottles of half-used hair conditioner?!?', I realized there's often one or two shoppers in the store who look like they could be that type of shopper if I got in their way. They push through the aisles aggressively. They whip through the racks of clothes looking for the bargain. There's something about their stance that says, "Do not get in my way. This is my game and my quest. To get the best stuff for the cheapest price possible."

And I can't help but think, "Really? 'Cause I was just hoping for some cheap books and to turn my Wall O' Crap into a freakish monstrosity that people stare at with a mixture of horror and awe."

The Wall O' Crap grows....


AJ Rahn said...

If you really want to see a thrift store war-zone, go to the Goodwill Outlet on University Ave near 280.

They have regulars who have actually staked out their spaces and seem to know exactly when the carts come out from the back...the one time I went there it was a total zoo.

Berryvox said...

lol Yeah, a Goodwill outlet sounds like it would have better prices. Now you've got me curious and I want to see it for myself.

Becky..AMHW said...

I experienced this once at one of my favorite fabric stores. They were having an liquidation sale. Ms. Crazy comes up to me, eyes the bolt of peach striped jacquard in my cart, marked down from expensive to two bucks a yard and tells me, "I've had my eye on that."

Yeah, but I decided to put it in my cart and buy it. I bought 14 yards and left ten and that woman crawled over the cutting table to snatch those ten.

Berryvox said...

Becky - Ha! She must have missed the first rule of shopping at sales and thrift stores: If you think you might want something, grab it 'cause it might be gone within the next ten minutes.