Long story not so short:
Last week I did my normal thrift store run. Both of my boys are out of school for the summer, but my husband was off that day so they were able to hang out at home with him. I left the house early because I needed to stop by a different store on the way to pick a birthday present for a party I was taking my youngest to that started at noon. While in that store I realized I had left my phone at home on the charger.
I look up a lot of things on my phone while thrifting. I was about half way between my house and the thrift store. If it was any other day I probably would have gone back for my phone (I like getting to the thrift right when it opens on clearance day, but the benefit of having the phone would usually be worth being behind schedule by 20 minutes or so). But, since I was already working against a short timeline because of the birthday party, I decided to wing it. Thrifting without a phone will only make me faster, right?
The reality was, I bought more stuff without my phone. I haven’t finished listing it all, but I know that I bought more low-value items than I usually would have. Things that on another day I would have looked up and then had the discipline to put back on the rack because the profit would only be $8-$10 somehow made it into my cart. Fun/easy things that I enjoy listing, so it’s not all bad. But still.
There were also several things that I really wish I could have looked up. Like the oh-so-beautiful purple rabbit? (is it a rabbit?) above.
It’s funny how my brain works. I didn’t have my phone so I couldn’t look it up. So I thought, I’ll just take a picture of it and look it up later. WAIT. I don’t have my phone! I should text my husband so he knows I don’t have my phone with me. WAIT. I don’t have my phone! OHMIGOSH, when did I become so darn dependent on my phone?! But I so am.
Since I didn’t have my phone with me I scrawled “Rushton purple bunny” on a scrap of paper and shoved it in my purse. As luck would have it, I actually cleaned out my purse the next day. And even at that, I stared at the piece of paper for a long minute not sure what in the heck the note meant. But, it eventually clicked, and I looked up Rushton plush. Check out some completeds here.
No sign of the purple “bunny” in current or completed listings, but the potential for that brand got me out the door and headed back to the thrift to see if the plush was still there. I thought the odds were in my favor, and I was right, it was still there. While it seems that the Rushton plush that sell for the most money have rubber faces (and mine does not), I am still going to list it high and see if anyone bites. Worth a try, right?
Have you come across any random thrift store scores recently? I’d love to hear about them!
P.S. My apologies for the long break in posting. I have been trying to up my sales by posting at least 10 new listings a day, and between getting all the photos taken and listings listed and sold items shipped and normal life thrown in too, it doesn’t leave a lot of extra time. I hope to post occasionally during the summer, and once we hit fall both of my boys will be in school all day (SO weird!) and maybe I will be able to post on a semi-regular schedule. I can dream, right? Several people e-mailed me to check in over the last couple months because I wasn’t posting, which was so very kind and appreciated! All is well, just busy. Thanks friends. 🙂