Thrift Store Treasures: What I Did NOT Buy

Thrift Store Treasures: What I Did NOT Buy

Thrift stores have some fantastic buys, ya can’t deny that.

But they also have some weird stuff.

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Thrift Store Adventures Save Big Bucks and Count as Retail Therapy, Too

Goodwill retail store

Does shopping at thrift stores count as retail therapy? :) Heck, yes! Where else can you can save money and have an adventure at the same time?

Make every trip extra exciting by taking along a friend, splitting up to shop and try clothes on, then meeting later to share a laugh while showing each other:

1) The weirdest non-clothing item in the store

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Mishaps and Fun on a Charleston Walking Tour

Charleston from a Kid's-Eye View**This is not a sponsored blog post; I just really like this book!

M, one of my best friends, wrote a fabulous walking tour book of historic Charleston, S.C. called Charleston from a Kid’s-Eye View: The interactive walking tour book for the young and young-at-heart. It’s intended for children, but is just as entertaining for adults. Instead of stating boring facts, the book directs walkers to watch for certain things on or around a number of different historic buildings and answer questions about them, so that it’s interactive – and fun.

Before she marketed the book M asked me to test several of the tour routes by walking them. I gladly agreed.

However, I ran into a couple of problems.

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Boost Happiness: Bring Back Fun Activities that Fell Along the Wayside

Colorful kayaksRealized recently that there are quite a few activities I adore but rarely make time to do. It’s time to pump up the happiness quotient and bring on more joy!

My neglected “fun things to do” list is below — and I vow to find ways to do them more often!

What are some things you really enjoy but don’t do very often? How can you make it a point to bring them back to your life?

1) Play ping pong

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Please Don’t Hug or Kiss Me at Work – Version 2, Sexual Harassment

Don't hug or kiss me at work

Here’s a longer, more complete version of the subject of yesterday’s blog post – unwanted hugging and kissing in the workplace. In the context of a series of similar incidents detailed below, the stories I related yesterday seem to take on a different light.

I’ve never been big on hugging. Especially people I don’t know very, very well. My girlfriends always kid me about it.

You’d think avoiding unwanted touching would be something a person could easily avoid.

Well, it’s a lot like my theory that dogs can sense when someone doesn’t like them, and they sniff and pester that one particular person relentlessly. I’ve had a number of occasions where I was the recipient of unwanted physical attention — and worse yet, it was in the workplace.

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Please Don’t Hug or Kiss Me at Work – Version 1, Silly Stories

Please don't hug me at work!

I’ve never been big on hugging or kissing anyone but my son or the man in my life.

My girlfriends all tease me about my “problem” – especially after I revealed that one time the minister told everyone to hug their neighbor at church and I purposely put my hands in both pockets, smiled at my neighbors and said, “Sorry – I don’t do hugs.” When some demented stranger still tried to “reach out” — and laid his or her hand on my shoulder from behind — I shook it off!

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Antenna Balls: Finding Your Vehicle in a Crowded Parking Lot

Antenna ball with American flag on it

Have you ever walked frantically around a large parking lot looking for your car? If so, you’ve gotta love antenna balls!

They come in all shapes, sizes and designs — from Mickey Mouse to happy faces. You just push them onto the end of your car’s antenna (if you have one on your vehicle) and your car is easy to spot in a crowded parking lot.

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Highs and Lows of August

Here’s a recap of the good, bad and weird things that happened during August:


1) Bought a new car – after 11 years! (You’ll hear more about that – the car’s very nice but the car-buying experience was unbelievable.)

2) Took a road trip (in the new car) over Labor Day weekend to visit my parents, sister and brother-in-law.

3) Joined a local table tennis group and have had some interesting experiences. (You’ll also hear more about that!)

4) Got some great thrift store treasures.

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Doesn’t Everyone Name Their Car?

Picture of gold carI always name my cars; doesn’t everyone? After all, you spend a lot of time together.

When I was a kid, my parents referred to the family cars by color. For example, they’d say, “We’re taking the “white car” today (versus taking the “blue car”).”

How unimaginative!

I’ve given every one of my cars an exciting name to inject some fun and excitement into the driving/riding experience!

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In a Rut

In a rut - same breakfast last five yearsI find myself doing the same things over and over and over — think it’s part habit, part laziness…

For example, I’ve:

  • Stopped at the same fast-food restaurant every day on the way home from work to get a Diet Coke with light ice for 15 years.
  • Eaten the same breakfast and lunch for at least five years. Same thing. Every day.

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