Thanksgiving is coming up and it’s going to be at my house. I realized that I need some kitchen chairs, sturdy ones. I have chairs, but 2 are wobbly and I need a couple more. I figured I’d have a look at the thrift store but didn’t expect much.
I need to do a lot of things: laundry, cleaning house, getting plumbing and electrical repair estimates and buying groceries. I did none of these, I went to the thrift store after work instead.
I went in looking for a full sized navy blue flat sheet. The navy and purple sheets I bought before turned out to be twin size so I’m still searching for a full flat sheet. I didn’t find one. The first rule of thrifting is “do not go in expecting to find a specific thing.” Go with an open mind, an open heart but keep your purse/money close.
I admit to looking for a couple of OSU t-shirts, the logo ones, in black but preferably orange. I found OSU shirts but not the kinds I pictured. I didn’t go expecting to find a great Doctor Who shirt or Vera Bradley bag or the travel organizer. I’ve wanted a Vera travel organizer but even at the outlet store they are a tad pricey. I saw some at Target and Wal-Mart, not as cushy but okay and cheaper. But since I don’t plan to travel again for a long time I put the idea aside. Then I saw this one, the price was right so I put it in my cart.
The answer is yes, and no. I made a trip to Goodwill on the way home. I found khaki capris, a white top and an infinity scarf. “This is easy,” I thought “no problem.”
Since then I made other trips to other thrift stores and Dollar Tree, bought stuff and looked through closets and drawers at home. I do not want to spend too much money or time on this, it’s for work not cosplay and I’ll probably wear this only once.
I looked at tutorials on youtube and googled Rey images. There’s some very impressive Reys out there, from cute toddlers to grown up Reys. There are costumes, from cheap looking ones to decent copies and even a couple of skanky ones. I thought about maybe buying one of the decent versions until I looked at the prices and thought “I can do this and for cheaper.” Maybe not better but cheaper.
Then there’s Rey’s hair. Someday I want to ask George Lucas why the women in the Star Wars universe have to have such complicated hair. Leia, with her Hopi style hair, Padme’s senator hair and headpieces and now Rey. So back to youtube.
Update: costume contest was today. No, I did not win but was not surprised. I enjoyed wearing the costume and had to tell a few people who I was– older Rey, after the Empire is finally dust and she and Finn have settled down, maybe had a couple of kids. There were lots of good costumes, my favorite was a couple dressed as Curious George and The Man With the Yellow Hat, they didn’t win either.
Everything but the tiny bag and my boots came from thrift stores, already had those. I also borrowed the big brown bag from my sister, maybe I’ll tell her someday, maybe.
My son is here. He had a cold and fever when he arrived so the first 2 days were sucky. He sweated out the fever, took Zicam and feels better, not well but better.
He’s accomplished the big important stuff like talking to an immigration attorney for his wife. He got his drivers learner’s permit. He had the chicken fried steak sandwich. Now he’s hanging out with 2 of his friends, guys who went to the wedding. He’s getting through the culture shock, mostly through food.
Historic visit to Braum’s
We went to Dennys, he marveled at the fast service and thst they got his order right, even let him substitute biscuits for toast. I had a veggie omelet.
I’m waiting for my son to arrive this evening. So far I’ve done 2 loads of laundry, vacuumed, cleaned the bathrooms and bought some Cool Ranch doritos. So I’ve got 5 hours to kill. He’s on his way to Detroit and then here. I told him if he has time during the layover to bring me anything Wings related but his layover is a short one so not likely. On the advice of my friend I made this sign and will be holding it up at the airport.
Since we have Internet again I’ve been online, and found this. I like it better than the original, she seems to really be enjoying herself whereas Maurice was a little wistful and resigned.
I went to the Moon festival, also known as the Lunar festival and Mid Autumn festival. It’s a big deal in VN, there’s moon cakes and people go out, but here it’s pretty low-key. There are no Moon festival sales.
It’s weird to be an outsider visiting another people’s culture and trying to be respectful and not pandering or being in the way. It’s kind of nice, in a way. I saw parallels between the Lunar festival and powwows I’ve been to before. MCs and staff acknowledging sponsors, giving awards and recognizing prominent people, and technical difficulties with sound systems. Announcements in two or more languages. Kids walking around in traditional clothes they have to be careful of, adults in traditional clothes they wear on rare occasions and lots of other people looking and taking pictures of things they see as foreign, exotic and well, quaint. I was a little disheartened to see they had a Little Miss pageant. As watched I wondered if there was some little chubby, awkward Vietnamese girl out there in the audience disappointing her mother the same way I disappointed mine by not being princess material. I also saw a young guy who took my breath away. He looked like Jerry when he was younger, from his blue plaid shirt to his hiking boots. He even stood like Jerry. There were tears rolling down my cheeks and I tried not to stare at him but the sameness was impossible to ignore. I felt a little embarrassed and relieved when I lost sight of him.
While I was there I bought some egg rolls and hung back looking around and taking bad phone pictures. There are better pictures on the OK Vietnamese community facebook page.
I hit the thrift stores on a mission, to buy house stuff for my son’s upcoming visit, I could use all new furniture, carpet and a new roof but more immediate and affordable needs were what this was about. I need new linens, sheets and towels, a pillow or two, little things. I got most of the things I needed, spent less than if I went to the mall or Wal-Mart. I also got stuff not on the list, as I do. Jerry and I got most of our house stuff at thrifts, usually because it was cheap.
I hit three regular thrift stores and then the Mother of all Goodwills, the outlet, which is not for the faint of heart or easily discouraged. All the clothes and the washcloth came from the Goodwill outlet, everything else from the 3 thrifts. I spent 4 hours and $25, this is what I got.
it’s all a matter of perspective. did not buy but was tempted