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Even the thrift stores here cater to the rich and infamous!

Posted 09-08-2009 at 01:47 PM by carlos123
Updated 09-08-2009 at 03:10 PM by carlos123

My landlord took me to the thrift store area of town today.

Very nice thrift stores. I mean I can tell I am living among a population that...well...doesn't usually shop at thrift stores. At least not in the sense that I am used to.

People here shop at thrift stores to find trinkets for someone they are making a nice hand made Christmas gift for, to find an antique piece of furniture at a good price, maybe a large screen televesion for less for their children's playroom...well...maybe I am exaggerating a bit but shopping at thrift stores here is a bit different than the kind of thrift store shopping I am used to.

Where I am going there to buy a shirt so that I don't have one with holes or looking around for a blanket to keep myself warm. That type of thing.

Some of the thrift stores here are just downright fancy. With stalls rented out to tenants who display their wares for sale along with what one might otherwise find at a thrift store...used items for sale.

Of course in this area all the thrift stores had tons of almost new looking golf clubs for sale which I found rather amusing.

While someone might buy a good golf club down in a San Diego thrift store for self-protection, up here...I suppose people stop in to see if they can actually pick up a good golf club to use for...well...golfing.

Which itself strikes me as rather hilarious. Given that playing golf itself costs more money, way more money, than most thrift store shoppers of the kind I know have to spend.

It is unfortunate that my new landlord is beginning to think I am overly prudent I think in that I never, ever spend any money unless I absolutely have to.

He was taking me around to find a crock pot for under $5 (my budget for a crock pot) and there were none for under about $10 which was way over what I could spend.

It makes me feel bad to be seen to be overly prudent when in fact I am just trying to survive until I make more money. If he knew how little money I actually have he might well wonder how I can go around laughing and otherwise being upbeat about life when naturally speaking I should be in depression.

It is only faith in God and being content in my relationship with Him that enables me to be that way. To where I can still experience joy in life despite being so relatively poor on the surface.

Last night I had an absolutely wonderful time walking down the hill I live on to one of the local stores.

It was dark. There are few street lights around here. The moon was shining and the tall hills (I think they call them mountains around here) were silhouted against the night sky. Just gorgeous.

I would stop every once in a while in my walk up and down the hill to just stare at the hills and the sky. It reminded me of the island of Palma de Mallorca, Spain where I lived for a couple of years in my youth.

Just beautiful!


PS. I did not ask my new landlord in any way, shape, or form to take me around to find a $5 crock pot. He almost insisted on taking me to the thrift stores. He is a very generous hearted individual.
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    Hahaha, I love thrift stores! Be careful shopping at them in a small town though! Might end up wearing someone elses stuff and they could notice, I was wearing a pair of walmart shorts the other day when I went to the local town fair and I saw 4 other people wearing the same shorts!
    Posted 09-08-2009 at 04:23 PM by NYCityManager NYCityManager is offline
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    Hmm...never thought about that. I mean the possibility of ending up being recognized as wearing someone else's stuff. Interesting point you make NYCityManager.

    I guess I will just stick to buying used underwear and socks then LOL.

    Come to think about it I didn't see any used underwear and socks in the thrift stores I went to today. I guess people around here are not so hard up that they need to buy used underwear.

    Another indication of the type of area I now live in .

    No used underwear in the local thrift stores!

    Though I wouldn't put it past them to put on sale the underwear of a local millionaire as an oddity or collector's item. Especially if it was from one of the many sports team players that are purported to live around here.

    I'll have to see if I can get to know such a player. Maybe I can get an autographed copy of their underwear and put it up on EBay or something LOL.

    Of course how to wash it without messing up the signature would be a problem. I mean if I take it from them to wash it I will never get the signature and if they sign it first I will never be able to wash it. A real what comes first sort of dilemna.


    PS. For the record I have never in my life bought used underwear. I wouldn't buy any such thing even if you presented me with a veritable smorgesboard of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the rest of my life (that's one of my favorite on the cheap sandwiches)!
    Posted 09-08-2009 at 08:58 PM by carlos123 carlos123 is offline

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