When I woke up this morning I thought of households all over America cleaning up after the Thanksgiving celebration yesterday. All the good dishes, linen tablecloths and silverware or whatever choices the family took, have to be put back in their place today, while the turkey carcass is put to simmer on the back of the stove for the soup to come.

We left all this work quietly waiting for us while we set out for the local thrift store to find a small picture frame. People frequently give away small picture frames suitable for 5×7 photos, so while digging through piles of them you may find a treasure. You remember the old saying: “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”.

Today is designated “Black Friday” for some reason. All stores are open with the lights on, so they aren’t black. I don’t remember when the whole thing started, but it’s a reason for normally sensible people to dash out of their homes in the middle of the night to get a good place in a long line in front of all kinds of stores simply to get a bargain. I don’t think they really care what they buy as much as how much they save. It’s an awesome sight to see.

When we got to the thrift store it was apparent that they participate in “Black Friday” too. Dr. A found a couple of picture frames for the one he accidentally broke, and I found a box of white plastic coat hangers 24 of which cost me $1. I had donated a box of them last year, so maybe these were my old ones.

I sat on my trusty walker watching the crowd and categorizing the shoppers. There were those who possibly needed to shop there, and others who were looking for a bargain. When a post-middle aged man walked by carrying a rubber wet suit, I realized a grandson would be surprised on Christmas morning. A small family of parents and two little girls bubbled past me with the father carrying a three-story doll house while the little girls danced alongside.

A sexy young Mexican girl took a bright red silky dress off the hanger, on her way to the dressing room. She will undoubtedly make an entrance at a holiday party. A black leather jacket made its way to the checkstand for $60.

One lady found several decorated tin trays for her cookie exchange–3 for $4. Then the prize of the day. I’m not sure what it was or what the lady planned to do with it, but it was a tall, 3 ft. decorative metal conical object with no apparent use. While I was waiting to pay for my purchase I mentally decorated it with greenery and berries and a red bird on top and called it a Christmas tree. I should have been there first.

Author: kaytisweetlandrasmussen83

I am a retired fine arts teacher, sculptor/painter, writer, and a native Californian. I love my family,dogs, horses, movies, reading and music, probably in that order. I have been married forever to a very nice man who is nice to old ladies, dogs and children.

7 thoughts on “ONE MAN’S JUNK”

  1. There might have been a one-off black Friday here too. Perhaps it did not take on. Shops seem to be in a permanent ‘closing-down’ mode. ‘Everything must go’ is another enticement to urge one to be perpetually broke.
    I like the possibility of you buying back own donated coat-hangers. It made me laugh.


  2. I love the detail in this post, Aunt Kayti. These types of posts–of an everyday experience come to life through the words of a talented writer–are my favorites. We are in AZ. By the way, Tyler B and his wife are the proud parents of identical twin boys named Sam and Eli ( in case you haven’t heard…)


  3. The leather jacket was a bargain, if in good condition. I’ve been looking for one, and am told that production of leather jackets has gone down, due to the objection of animal rights groups, and whereas I agree with them, there is nothing nicer than a great leather jacket!


  4. As always, your writing delighted me, Kayti. I, too, enjoy visiting thrift stores looking for some little object I either need or want. But I especially enjoy watching the shoppers and their selections and the genuine appreciation they have for even the most unusual objects. For some reason, it’s much more fun than standing in a department store watching people buy new stuff. My favorite part, though, was your buying hangers you possibly donated earlier. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that. I enjoyed starting my day with you.


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