Tuesday, January 18, 2011

thrift bender

Since I do believe junking is an addiction of mine, I like to refer to the "high" I get while on the hunt as "junk drunk".  My BFF(Big R) and I went on a thrift bender today.  (For those of you not familiar with "going on a bender" it just means a really hard and heavy all day drunk.) I promise I do not drink, but do know the terminology. I guess it's just a redneck southern thing.  Anyway, she and I left and it was still dark outside. I have proof:

Our first stop was at a huge church in Bartlett.  We didn't get much here, but the cookies were good!!

Then on to one of the many Goodwill stores in the Memphis area. This GW had a Bargain Barn. We were not familiar with the BB but noticed people were lining up waiting on the doors to open.  It was cold and we had gotten there about 10 minutes before opening. We sat and talked in the warm truck. As we sat there the line started to grow. Hmmmm...we were getting curious.

  After counting about 15 people in line, we decided to get out.

  When the doors opened, it looked like a scene out of Black Friday sales stories.  People were running.  We were laughing.  We could hear glass breaking. OMGoodness..what's up with this??  Apparently, the BB is where they put out bins with things that have been in the store an extended amount of time and they are cheap!

 We rummaged for awhile and made our purchases.  However, we were told that it is a sight to see when they bring out more bins (which they continue to do all day).  So we decided to stay to watch the "changing of the bins". People make two lines facing each other and the workers roll the bins between the two lines.  They are not allowed to touch anything until the bins stop rolling. Whoa!! When the bins stopped, it was CAH-RAY-Z!!! It was the highlight of our day.

  Thrifting, ebaying, and resellling is big business and these people brought their A game.  I stood back and took it all in....hey I wasn't about to loose a limb over something that doesn't pay my bills. The day could have ended here and we would have been perfectly content, but you know the truck wasn't full and our pockets weren't empty...so onto the next stop.

The next stop was a far cry from being "thrifty" but we still saw beautiful, interesting things. We made no purchases here, but I got some great ideas for some shabby chic projects.

From here we hit many more stores, but still couldn't quit talking about the manic scene from the morning.  I am sure we will go back to the BB. If for nothing else, a smile....All in all, I made some good purchases to resell but best of all I made another great junk drunk memory with my BFF!! Peace my friends....

1 comment:

  1. Love it! Thanks for sharing - we don't have a Goodwill Outlet like that in my city, but it sounds like complete MAYHEM!