Thrift Store Score

It's rare when the planets align and things really work out in your favor, but when it does happen it's sure to put a grin on your face.

Last weekend, I made a trip to the local thrift store to find some odds and ends to complete this year's MHC costume. I'm not a big thrift store shopper, but I'll stop by on occasion when I need something specific.

In a rare slice of luck, I ended up leaving the store with three bags of goodies and a look of bewilderment in what I had just scored in one trip...

A stroll through the small appliances aisle and I immediately stumbled on a shihatsu massager in perfect working condition. Total price? 4 DOLLARS!!!

There are so many options for what animated prop I could build with this! Ground breaker? Coffin grabber? The possibilities are endless! Surely this was the one score that would make the trip worth it, right?

After throwing the massager into my cart, I turned the corner and headed over to the vinyl records bin. And what was sticking out of the shelf, practically screaming my name to buy them and take them home with me?

THREE Hüsker Dü records! Candy Apple Grey, New Day Rising and Flip Your Wig. All original pressings, all in great condition. Total price? SIXTY CENTS EACH!!!!! SCORE!!!!!

All 3 records now have new, protective plastic sleeves and are sitting securely in my record collection. I once found a Dead Kennedys record at a Record Exchange for $4, but three Hüsker Dü records at sixty cents each trumps that!

I eventually made my way to the children's area and picked up a stuffed teddy bear that I was looking for for a Halloween prop project that will be revealed shortly. Price? ONE SHINY QUARTER! When the little guy is re-purposed and the project is complete, I'll reveal it here. This project is a lot of fun and it has a wonderfully twisted use for a traditional teddy bear. This one will be a thing of childhood nightmares come Halloween...

Finally, I made my way to the men's section and score 3 leather belts for an "accessory" piece I'm currently finishing for my MHC costume. Another deal at ONE DOLLAR EACH! This piece should be done in the next day or two (it has to be finished by Friday!!), and I'll be sure to share it once it's finished. This one will be a lot of fun, too.

So after a long hiatus from the thrift store, I walk out with the best score I've ever had there. It looks like I'll have to make time to get there much more often!!



Lisa said...

I'm in the same boat - I found a massager and don't know what to do with it! I'm leaning towards ground-breaker. It'll be my first non-static prop!
Thrift stores do occasionally have some good finds.

Mark Faucett said...

I've never found a shiatsu massager or anything much else worth while at our thrifts stores. Clothes, lots and lots of clothes, that's about it.

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