My husband is a no nonsense kind of guy. When he wakes up in the morning, he is thinking about all the things that he needs to get done. So when he decided that he and I were going to go thrifting together......I wasn't really sure what to think. If you read my post It's Time to get Started you may remember that I talked about needing to get rid of clutter. I believe that is one of my husband's missions in life. He is a no-clutter king. Does that type of person get jazzed about going to a goodwill or a thrift shop?
Let me tell you, it was interesting. His first question was "What are you looking for?" My answer was "nothing in particular." This led into a discussion on how can you go into a store and not be looking at anything in particular. So in order to make this easy on both of us, I had to give him some clear direction. Books seemed like a good place to start. So I advised him to check out the book section for some old books. For me old books means at least 50-60 years old. For him it meant the "80's" as he showed me a group of books about some baseball players from that era. They were probably Time-Life but I didn't check. "Older than that," I said. "Scan for books that look old and then check their copyright date." Why did I start him looking at books? Because he likes books and I thought it would ease him into his first thrift shopping excursion.
While he stayed with the books, I got to move on to the housewares. When he caught up with me I had a couple of milk glass items and some Vintage Pyrex in my hands. I quickly asked him to hold it all while I looked it up on Ebay. He was not impressed. The resale value on the item I had wasn't good enough for me to hold onto them. I knew in order for him to really get excited I would have to find something really great.
Next I wandered over to the men's clothing looking for sportswear.I had a couple of items in my hands and told him "It's all about the brands." He gave me this you can't be serious look and moved on. I didn't find anything that I was really committed to that day, so I walked out with nothing. The only thing I was even close to buying was a Majestic New York Yankees half-zip pullover. But even that didn't really do it for me.
I think we traveled to two more stores that day. He did find some comic books that had potential, but the return on them was minimal. I remember him telling me "I can find better things to do with my time." At the end of the day, it was a pretty good excursion. Having him with me caused me to be much more selective about my potential purchases and I think that by spending the day rambling around with me he got a glimpse into the thrift store experience. Overall, it was a pretty good outing. I thought it was an awesome way for him to show his love for me - even though it wasn't really his thing?
Does your spouse enjoy thrifting?