Honey, I'm home! Back from vacation in CA. A little lot depressed today since I went fromTHIS!!!! (Click to show)
tothis.... (Click to show)
in a matter of hours.
Theres two ways that I can thrift, with out without my wife (who loves thrifting, bless her heart, the reason the ring is on the finger).
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Blood pressure decreases, I really take my time and turn every corner and relax in the place(s), no need to feel rushed. Enjoying the sport for what it is - a hunt. Like Elmer Fudd hiding with the shotgun in the bushes, a sniper covered in camoflage, waiting to take my prey out with laser precision and focus. Often times, the soloSpoothrift produces the best and most well edited hauls. Moth holes and piss stains are discovered in store, yes motherfucker, you should put back that LL Bean, its not worth it. Ill take myself out to lunch afterwards, have a giant honking chimichanga and a Corona, virtually high five myself and go home content.
SPOOTHRIFT VERSION 2 (with wife, and kid - never apart) :
Blood pressure increases, I know that this has to be a 20 minute tear before the 3.5 year old gets cranky/has meltdown/actually succeeds in hiding in the pants. Wife has fun thrifting, but when thrifting with a wife and kid, focus is lost. Like a sniper without the Diazepam, my aim is all over the place. Im throwing fucking Dior and YSL ties in the cart like they are going to end global warming. eBay titles fly through my head with each pass of the hanger. Im grateful that I have a babysitter and someone who likes to do it with me - though I have to give the "oh shit awesome! wait, ah, damnit, not that one" face everytime she pulls out a Nino Cerruti across the way and holds it up "Honey is this good??" (note, she did find a pair of Alden shell PTB's and said "Isnt this the horse butt stuff?" bless her heart).
So, theres two ways you can look at that.
Thrifting in San Diego was not overly great as I had hoped, but did result in half a handful of decent items (to be shown later). This was due to a few out of the ordinary factors.
Out of town/vacation Thrift Tip:
- If you intend to visit multiple stores in a new-to-you area, never take your sister and your wife along. I waited an average of 45 minutes to move to the next store, while waiting for those two to try on everything in the store.
- If you are required to take them along, hit some stores solo in the morning while they are getting ready. My sister took until 12:45 to get ready to go. Who the hell goes thrifting at 12:45!!?? Lol.
- If you have to go thrifting at 12:45, make sure the two women eat lunch before they go! We hit exactly one store before we had to sit down at a restaurant.
It was frustrating for sure, but I had to keep reminding myself it was vacation....and not only vacation, but it was their (sister and wife's) birthday.
Overall we had a blast, eating great food, meeting great people, bike riding, boating, soaking up the rays......and a shitload of drinking.
Unfortunately I have no vacation thrift fit as planned. I intended to take my vintage midnight blue tux, but our formal event was cancelled since none of the other guys could come up with anything to wear. THEN, we got invited to a 50's themed wedding reception in Catalina!! I wish I packed the tux..... Of course the girls were dressed to the hilt. I was stuck wearing my same old Harris Tweed SC with jeans. We almost couldn't get in because we weren't formal enough. Still not sure how we got in with jeans on. The reception was in....HERE!! (Click to show)
Everyone was swing dancing. It was awesome. They had one member of the Platters (current incarnation) on stage with the swing band. Then they topped that by closing the night with about 8 songs with
This Amazing 11 year old kid....Rockin' Raffi (Click to show)
We got to meet him afterward, kid doesn't speak or understand a lick of English, outside of what he sings.
Apparently e-thrifted from Spoo