Having been raised in an orphanage and never having any money, my mom loves to shop at thrift shops. She takes great delight in showing off her “bargains” to all of us. I don’t think Mom has purchased anything retail in years.
My father must have over 100 pearl button cowboy shirts that Mom has purchased for him through the years at $1.00 – $3.00 a piece. He’s 85 years old – he’ll never wear all of those shirts, especially since he sits around in his cotton pajamas all day watching TV and counting the minutes until he can take his next Ambien or Percocet.
Recently she purchased me 5 of these candle wreaths (see below) because as she said, “I know you love the color orange!!”
The funny part is that she had originally bought me two and then went back a week later and bought me the other three….for 25 cents a piece.
I love to go to Thrift stores too. I collect Napco and Lefton figurines from the 50’s and 60’s and that’s about it. I really don’t like a bunch of knick-knacks lying around the house, but I don’t want to hurt Mom’s feelings, so I smile and thank her whenever she buys me something. You may be thinking I should be honest with her so that she could save her limited funds. Tried that – it didn’t work!!! Some of her past purchases have included:
A peeling decoupaged picture of a young Victorian girl that she thought would look nice in Swee’ Pea’s room
A snow globe with a slot in the bottom to slide your loved one’s picture into so you can view them in eternally swirling snow
A bike helmet for Swee’Pea with only one strap
A collapsible picnic set
A black T shirt emblazoned with a picture of a woman’s huge lips
Multiple Sag Harbor skirt sets with the tags still on them (keep that in mind when you’re shopping – you’ll never wear it once you buy it!)
Angels – jewelry boxes, statues, wall hangings, earrings
I usually just donate these items to Goodwill or Purple Heart, but something tells me she’s going to be looking for those damn orange and yellow candle wreaths the next time she is visiting!