With any job, you are going to have a few obstacles. Here are a few I’ve encountered while shopping at thrift stores.
1) Aisles that are not wide enough for even ONE cart. It’s like a shopping cart “car wash” with the clothes giving the steel sides a good cleaning. I can’t tell you how many clothes I’ve snagged, pricetags I’ve ripped off, and hiding kids I’ve hit pushing my cart along.
2) Bins of stuff on top of a rack or shelf. Nothing makes me feel like I’m five years old again than trying to grab a bin from a high area to see what’s inside. I’ve pulled muscles I didn’t know I had trying to prevent everything from pouring down on my head as I lift or tilt it.One of these days I’m going to end up looking like Wile E. Coyote when a bowling ball falls out.
3) Stackin’ em deep…Sellin’ em cheap. It never fails that a particular glass I’m looking for is in the back of a shelf that resembles a game of Jenga. Except in this game, its glass shards you’ll deal with if they fall. And paper money you’ll have to pay with when they break.
4) Sales lingo. Nothing makes my head spin more than rules and regulations for the sale items. “Anything with a TURQUOISE blue tag with a red line through the original price will be given an additional 17% off today when you buy one or more of the same item in the books, glassware, or linens department. Toys and clothes are half-price today. Toys and clothes in special places are full price. Full price is half price tomorrow.”
5) The Mexican stand-off. Each of you has entered the aisle on opposite sides. This aisle ain’t big enough for the two of ya. You browse a couple feet in. They browse a couple feet in. You browse more. They browse more. You. They. You. They. (Cue western music) One of ya’s goin’….You can either wait it out. Or you can do the “Bobbypin maneuver” and quickly back out, race down the neighboring aisle, and zoom up to the side you haven’t seen. Not like I’ve done that or anything.
Those are a few that I’ve encountered. You?