…it would be Patience. As you know, thrift shopping is not like retail shopping. In retail shopping you go and get what you’re looking for. In thrift shopping you go and look for what’s there, see what you’ll find. But every once in a while, you really are looking for something and that’s where Patience comes in: you must be patient while you wait for that something to show up because it almost always does.
My most recent exercise in Patience involved the solution to this problem:
This is the corner on my beloved’s side of the bed. That is it was until yesterday. I have been looking for months and months for the solution to this problem, spurred on by the fact that this fall I want to get my carpets cleaned and I couldn’t imagine what a carpet cleaner would do with a corner like this.
My beloved is a man after my own heart in so many ways. I counted – no lie – 64 books in this corner. (There are books in nearly every corner of our home. Some might call it a problem.) There were also notes from me and other friends. Golf magazines. Journals. Church bulletins. Little gifts from fellow actors (my hubby is an actor and often appears on the stage at Gallery 7 Theatre.) and DUST BUNNIES THE SIZE OF LIONS. Oh. My. Gosh. Clearly he’s been working on this corner for years.
Then, yesterday I walked into the MCC Furniture and More Shop in Abbotsford and found this lovely piece. Just $22.
There is way more surface space on top, inside the doors are slats so I organized his journals, scripts, magazine, and keepsakes and then stacked the books-to-be-read on top. The silver cigar box currently houses pens, pencils, highlighter and eraser – tools for script memorization and New York Times Crosswords. I shelved half the books – there’s probably 30+ more that he’ll have to sort through when he has time.
Totally worth the wait, right? Do you have thrifting patience story?