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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Thrift Store Entertainment

I went to the thrift store for nothing more than entertainment.

Inside the door, I see the sign. White tags. Green tags. 50% off. I’m not here to shop...unless I find an art bonanza--bangles or baubles. Or the ever elusive blue vinyl LP. I wind through the sweaters and the misshapen shoes. I look at a kind of familiar top. I had one like it. No, I had it. And I gave it to the store more than 6 months ago. It looks like it’s been wadded in a bag since then. I catch a glimpse of a young, campy Wayne Newton, teeth sparkling, on an album cover.

At the end of the rack, there are heaps and piles of undies, scarves, handkerchiefs and unmentionables 5 for 99 cents that were never, ever meant to go to a thrift store. There’s a big man looking through them. His hairy belly sticks out from under his shirt. If he’s going to wear those women’s underthings, I don’t want to know.

I dodge through the bric-a-brac. An old guy picks up something behind me. I hear him tell his wife, “Look, Long John Silver. Remember when that used to be on the TV?” Huh? I am fully immersed in this surreal universe. Someone walks by speaking a language I don’t even recognize.

I must get out. I head for the door. I’m walking like a cowboy through the parking lot in my jeans. Swaggering. This makes no sense. I grew up in the Chicago ‘burbs. But I am. Somehow I have been sucked into the vortex of the fringe.

6 Comments:

Blogger jen said...

it's a free for all with Lucia starring in her own spaghetti western...complete with bargains around every corner...

5:10 PM  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

I have been lurking here for a while on Jen's recommendation and feel I have to de-lurk now to tell you that the scene you just described??? It's what I do to relax.

Shamefully frightening, I know.

I love the thrift store and all that weirdness. It calms me.

8:25 PM  
Blogger amusing said...

Let's see. Was visiting an alternative universe on that wish list of yours?

Check.

9:21 PM  
Blogger gr said...

Hey! I was at Salvation Army yesterday and got a shirt with a dragon on it. I already blogged it, of course, with pictures!

8:24 AM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

I love thrift stores! There are plenty of them around here and I often find the same things you mention, including potential crossdressers.

Amusing. Yes! :)


Peace,

~Chani

9:44 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Thrift sotres rock. They are like museums of miscellaneous crap. Manufactured Oddities. Sometimes there is a rare gem but mostly it's great for the spectacle of it all.

Glad your recent trip did not disappoint.

11:18 AM  

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