Toward the end of February I attended my first auction in a very long time.
I told you that I was a bit out of my element. I felt that it was a lot of sitting around waiting for the things I was interested in when I would have preferred to know an asking price and do my bargaining from there. I wanted more control in the situation.
Fortunately the drive home involved passing a charity thrift housed in an old religious facility.
That is worth a post of its own. Not just a church or religious based school, this is an abandoned compound of buildings.
I left the auction empty handed, with a few dollars in my pocket, and in the mood to find a treasure of some sort. Well, it was not the day to find much at the thrift store either and to save costs, there was minimal heat on in the old drafty building. February in Wisconsin can be a bit nippy even in the sunshine. So it was a quick dash through the store.
However the volunteers had had a social event the previous night and there were left over home baked cookies. 🙂
I always find a few items and as I was checking out and chatting, my eye was drawn to a display case behind the volunteer.
Often I don’t bother to look at what are considered the “better items.”
but the main “purpose” of the figurine was also missing –
The volunteer assured me there was a thermometer on the ears when she placed it in the case earlier in the day.
We looked around, to no avail, and she sighed “I guess I will just have to throw it away…” (I have heard this so many times) and before I could plead his case she added “unless you want to take him home.” Yes – FREE!
I admit I champion lost cause thrifted items.
I did my online research and found another one on ebay, with thermometer, going for $9.99.
There is a yellow one on etsy with a glazed tail, asking $8,
and a blue one on etsy who not only has a thermometer but also a ribbon and bell. ($15)
See how the smile does not look as sweet?
I am delighted to have him here but feel bad that I was going to pass him up for two dollars,
his price when he was intact.
What is your opinion, would you have taken him home?
Look for a post soon about a Barter Experiment. (please look)