|Black Friday Idiots in Somewhere, America 2012|
|1621 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI|
As a back history, I have known many people, poor, middle-class, upper class, who have shopped at thrift shops. It is amazing what you can find there! If you have a flair for fashion, a thrift store is a goldmine, and according to the completely filled up shopping carts at the Salvation Army store this afternoon, there are a lot of thrifty & fashionable, and budget-conscious shoppers in the Ann Arbor area. I swear I think people were even wearing clothes that they had previously bought from there while shopping for more stuff. Well, the thrift store here in Ann Arbor is gigantic, and had I been better prepared and allowed for more time to be there, I could have easily spent several hundred dollars. But I didn't want to go overboard. I went over to the coat section and it's so nice that they have the coats color coordinated and by length so that I could go to the exact rack where my coat style was located. I saw several coats that I really like and I tried them all on. But I wound up buying a black mid-length winter Liz Claibourne coat that was in excellent condition! I could not believe it, I still can't believe I have such a nice coat! Whomever had it before did not wear it often, if ever. And it was ONLY $24.99. I'm sure this coat would have gone for $199 at the store. I love it!!! I also bought a lighter black jacket for $6.99, a long overcoat for the office (it will look great with my leggings) at $2.99 (OMG!), a beautiful blue/purpleish sweater wrap for $6.99, a black mock turtle neck for $1.99 (Banana Republic), and a small lamp for my bedside table (my previous lamp of 17 years died this summer) for $2.99 My total was $49 and some change. Un-believable!
No crowds, no crazy parking wars, no fighting over bargains... just a pleasant experience of shopping at a thrift store, two miles away from the crazy mall, and finding donated articles that I bought and need, with the monies going to help the Salvation Army help people who need their services. So, for this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for my common sense and decency.
Lastly, since it's that time of year and if you're in the spirit of donating some money to a worthy cause, why not consider visiting the Salvation Army website and make a donation into their Online Red Kettle. :-)