The biggest Salvation Army Thrift Store in the world is in Strongsville, OH, which is a few miles from where I live. I love that you can buy wedding dresses at the thrift store, and old purses.
I love to watch people shop in second hand stores. They're very careful about their purchases, taking time to inspect the Presto Air Popper. They look at the cord. They ask the Salvation Army guy if it works. They go over every seam of the bean bag chair and make sure the miniature plastic spatula is with the toy kitchen set.
I watch the people until something catches my eye. Then I behave like them, although I do not count the pieces of the jigsaw puzzles I buy. I once bought a pill box hat for $1.50 at the Goodwill.
I often donate stuff to the Salvation Army. I loved that my old electric beater was in the housewares department (at least I think it was mine). I wanted to stand up and say, "Hey! That's a good electric beater! You oughtta buy that mother for only $2.99!
Unique Thrift is a huge second hand store downtown. They have the biggest rack of second hand underwear I ever saw.
Most people see a rack of used underwear in a thrift store and think: ugh and move on.
I wonder about who sorts the second hand underwear. I think: Wow look at that. It's a rack of used underwear and now I have to figure out how to take a picture of it so I can post it on the Internet! As if anyone cares about how The Great Erin O'Brien interacts with a rack of used underwear.
Then there is the implication of being me.
Because now I am a person taking photographs of used underwear in a thrift store (behaving furtively, complete with eyes shifting back and forth beneath dangling pricetag of yet another hat I have yet to pay for). This puts me in a whole new category (population: 1), but at least it gives the people who are purchasing said underwear someone to roll their eyes at:
Look at the broad taking pictures of the underwear.
Some people. Sniffs. Honey, hand me that bra over there by you--that baby blue one.
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