Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday: Thrift stores

I wonder if Reid might single handedly rid the world of old technology.

Like father like son, I guess. Jim is an early adopter; he had the iOS 7 software a year ago through some early bird developer special. Like his dad, Reid itches for electronics. He finds internet in spots it's not supposed to be available. I've watched him hack online in the back room of ski resorts and rewire the complex mess of U-verse, Sonos, and miscellaneous cables behind our flatscreen. Taking even one step closer to the cutting edge, Reid seems committing to buy up all remaining vestiges of VHS media in San Diego county.

The 25 cent-$1.00 price point on VHS tapes make it a reasonable entry in our budget. (I compare it to the amount of Starbucks Allie drank.) We try to limit it to 1 or 2 a week, not because of the money so much as the viewing time that ensues.  Every Friday is thrift store day. Half the fun--in all thrifting--is the pursuit...the search and find.  Not knowing what they'll have, ensures a constant craving.

We've memorized the hours and befriended the owners at these establishments.  It's a slice of life for sure. Honestly, I find them refreshing for the grace they embody. Recycling, redeeming, rescuing treasure, whether inanimate or flesh and blood.

10. Dan the Man's (otherwise known as St. Peters Thrift, Academy Drive, Solana Beach)

9.   Solana Beach Library

8.   Del Mar Library

7.   Rancho Santa Fe Library Book Cellar (bundled 10 for $5 in curling ribbon can present an issue)

6.   Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library branch

5.   Community Resource Center (only DVD's in Encinitas now, Carlsbad for VHS)

4.   Salvation Army, Rosecrans in Point Loma, the motherlode, don't go on Friday in traffic

3.   The Resale Shoppe, Rancho Assistance League (beside Trader Joe's in Encinitas)

2.   St. James Thrift Store, Del Mar behind Union Bank

1.   DAV's in Oceanside, or as we like to say, "Dave's"

“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!  Matthew 13:43-45

"If you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find him if you’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul.  
Deuteronomy 4:28-30

"You may think you have cleaned out the junk from your lives and gotten ready for God, but you weren’t hospitable to my kingdom message, and now all the devils are moving back in.”   
Matthew 12:42-44

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