There were few patients today at the Urgent Care where I work, so I spent a pleasant hour at the thrift store nearby. Thrift stores in the Pacific Northwest are exceptionally good. There are unbelievable deals on clothing and household goods. People recycle their excess possessions with great dedication in this region. But what I like best is to window shop the media items folks have decided they can live without. I would seriously like to know what kind of inner voice urged people to buy these things in the first place.
I found a CD called “Today’s Movie Hits – Vol. 1”, that consisted entirely of cover versions of pop songs from films, performed by Canadian “sound-alike” bands. WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
The songs were from sequels; Ghostbusters II, Back to the Future III etc. It was marked $2.99. Mega-ripoff!
I briefly perused the incredible selection of hardback books written for extremely select audiences. I’ll bet you didn’t know the Entomological Society of America had so much to talk about in 1952, huh? Entomology is bug studies. I also took a pass on the opportunity to purchase the biographies of some little-known US Cabinet members. The 56th (and last) Secretary of War became the Secretary of the Army, but was fired in 1949 for refusing to desegregate it. Iowans make a big deal out of having given birth to Herbert Hoover, one of our most unsuccessful Presidents. I guess after that Great Depression he preferred to write about other periods in his life. Oh, and it turns out infrared technology didn’t come from reverse-engineering the Roswell crash. I was misinformed.
The real bonanza was in the next aisle, the big rack of VHS tapes. VHS is an obsolete videotape format, but people still have the machines, so you can buy analog copies of movies and TV shows at bargain prices. There were so many unique productions to entice a lover of odd things like me! It was hard to resist:
A multi-tape Collector’s Set of episodes of The Monkees aka “The Pre-Fab Four”. They were still in shrink-wrap! No price marked, hence probably negotiable.
A Hi-Fi VHS copy of Thunder Alley (1985) starring the late Leif Garrett and a guy from the Porky’s movies – with foreign subtitles! (What language is that?) This was only $1.99, far less than the $14.75 asked for on eBay.
I had a hard time understanding what Rodeo Bloopers would be, though it appears there are enough of them for a series. In rodeo events riders try and stay on bucking horses and bulls until they are thrown off. Are the bloopers footage of them FAILING to be thrown off?
This isn’t the more-valuable Peter and the Wolf performed by Wendy Carlos with narration by Weird Al Yankovic. This one’s played by “The Chamber Orchestra of Europe” (I hear they’re good) with narration by Sting and featuring the Spitting Image puppets. 99 cents!
Ahh… At last. A James Cameron film priced at its actual worth.
No, I didn’t buy anything.
If you own too many things, the things (in fact) own you.