Keep your arms and legs inside while in motion…

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?

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6 Responses to Keep your arms and legs inside while in motion…

  1. Linda says:

    Good ones! My favorite store has ONE debit card swiper/reader. If you happen to get in the check-out aisle where the reader is NOT, you have to abandon your cart and child seated in cart, to follow the clerk through lines and lines of people to get to the machine to enter your PIN. I’m tempted to take my chances by telling her, “My PIN is xxxx. Can YOU just enter it while I stay here? I’m tired from all that shopping. I trust you… ” 🙂

  2. Stacy says:

    Yep, been there done that! I can’t think of anything else, but love the humor!

  3. Jessica says:

    Very funny! Last time at Salvation Army they didn’t have the right change so I ended up buying a $4 book I didn’t even want to make the change work out. I was a bit annoyed they didn’t just give me a discount on the original purchase of $1 or two to make it work out because they were the ones without change, but I tried to remind myself it was for a good cause. Plus I already had a good flip out of that purchase. I forgot I could have just charged it. I will try to keep plenty of ones on me in the future!

  4. shannon says:

    Been there, done that on ALL of those.
    I also hate the shopper-who-has-no-concept-of-personal-space.
    I realize some cultures vary as to what’s acceptable about how close you get…or were from countries where you had to be a little more agressive to get what you needed to live. So I try to cut a little slack.
    But I tend to feel that the area I’m standing in front of and looking little 1 foot of shelf space (all 5 shelves in that 1 foot width) is claimed by ME at that time. Don’t lean over me to grab something in MY space.
    These aren’t even other dealers/pickers. Just people.
    Just back off okay? 🙂

    • You are so right! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this. There are some unspoken rules and honor among thrift shoppers that I guess not everyone knows about. I want to yell and say, wait! I haven’t looked there yet … and I was here first! Then I remind myself that life is too short and I need to chill out … it’s all good!

  5. Alyssa says:

    The one that goes along with numbers 2 & 3. Somewhat deep shelving stacked deeply – on the bottom shelf only 2 inches above the floor. You know – where you have to get on your knees and stick your butt in the air to see what’s at the back? Lol!

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