Thursday, March 10, 2011

40 bags, 40 days. Fail.

For Lent this year, I decided to join in the with Sarah at Clover Lane and a bunch of other bloggers to declutter my home.  In the 40 days of Lent, the goal is to get rid of 40 bags of "stuff."  When Spring arrives, our homes will be lighter, our hearts will be lighter and all the junk will be gone.

My friend Mary is going to do this with me, because we always have more fun when she and I do things together.  This morning I worked on some of my kitchen cupboards and by the end of the morning I had a big box ready to go to the thrift store. Oh, it felt sooo good, to have my cupboards easier to get into and even some empty spaces!

I got to the thrift store and there was a nice young man ready to help me unload the big box, plus a couple of old lawn chairs and a stray golf bag that I picked up from the garage along the way.  I was feeling all pleased with myself when I spotted the cutest little toy glider horse.  I couldn't believe, upon closer inspection, that someone would dump it at the ARC store!  It was not only cute, but obviously very old.  I forced myself away from the horse, got in the car and drove away.

But I couldn't get it out of my mind.  And then a picture of it jumped into my mind, in the empty nook above our staircase that I've been leaving empty, waiting for just the right thing.  I quick whipped a u-turn and headed back to the store, sure that someone would see the gold and grab it before I got there.

Jubilation!, it was still there and I asked the nice guy who had helped me unload my stuff just minutes before, could someone give me a price on it?  He called Pauline over.  She was quite firm and would not price the item or let me buy as it needed to be "displayed on the floor first."  I put on my sweetest voice and explained that I once bought a chair from the back dock, so couldn't. . . .   Pauline stood firm. I harumphed and said, "I've only donated hundreds of items here, but I'll go to the front of the store.

So I did. And asked the cashier if it would be possible to see an item in the back.  She said, "I'll call Pauline."  Dang!

Eventually, the horse came out, and Pauline gave me her price.  I gulped.  I was hoping she didn't know what she had, but she did.  I conferred with the nice man in the back and we both agreed it was well worth it, after all, it's an antique!


So I paid the eighty-nine dollars and rode off on my horse with the horse in the back of my car, watching his head bob in the rear view mirror.

Then I called Mary.  "You'll never guess what I did.  It's only Day 2 of Lent and I've sinned.  I'm gonna burn." (If you have a Catholic upbringing, you'll know what that means.)

 Mary said, "From now on, we're getting you a   designated driver to go to the Thrift Store."  Then, she jumped in her car to come over and see the horse.

And while she was on her way over, I went online to see exactly what I had purchased.  AND . . . I kid you not, it is worth ten times what I paid for it.  

Mary said,  "It's God's reward to you for doing the 40 bags!"

We jumped up and down with excitement, and I said, "I can't wait to see what He gives me tomorrow!!"

The End

23 comments:

Mari said...

Too funny! You still came out ahead. 40 bags versus one horse - all you need to do is get rid of one more bag to break even again!

Judy said...

Oh! How I would LOVE to be your designated driver!

Will there be pictures?

Flat Creek Farm said...

Oh, Karen, you did good!! Hey, you *did* get rid of some stuff first! Is it too late for me to join in on the 40 bags for Lent? I so need this!
Pics, pretty please, of that horsey ;) Congrats on your buy! -Tammy

Becky said...

Hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahah this is AMAZING! Funniest short story I've read in years! Hilarious!

Lady Farmer said...

Oh! That was soooo funny! I can't wait to see what you get tomorrow, too!
Blessings!

Judy said...

Oh, wow. I LOVE it!

Susanne said...

No Way! I think I'll join in on this 40 bags thing. I can think of a couple of things I can use. ;v)

One More Equals Four said...

What a great story! And a great find! You did well. And just think...40 bags and only ONE thing brought in, that is pretty good!

Mereknits said...

Karen you are so funny! I would have bought it for a lot more. It is lovely! Rizzi made a trip to visit me on my blog, thanks so much! Have a great weekend,
Meredith

Kathleen T. Jaeger said...

I enjoyed your story! I like that you'll need a designated driver to the thrift store -- tee-hee!!

Thanks for a lightness of heart, today!

Marilyn said...

It's not a designated driver you need, it's blinders, so you won't see anything! This sounds like a much better plan than trying to give up sweets. So far, I've been bad three for three. I'm never going to be able to make it a day!

Country Dreaming said...

How funny. He is cute though.
Does he have a name.

Happy weekend!!!

Melinda

Joanne said...

That horse is so charming, I'd have bought it too! What a treasure :)

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Wow! what a find! Who would have ever dreamed. And, you made a memory in the process and got rid of some "stuff" too. It's win, win for everyone concerned. Blessings to you!

joyceandnorm said...

Oh no! =p That's why I never go back to stores to return stuff...I always end up coming back out with even more stuff. And this is coming from someone who hates shopping. =p Good luck with the remaining days. =)

Rizzi said...

WHAT A GREAT HORSE, I STOPPED GOING TO OUR THRIFT STORE (ST. VINCENT DE PAUL) I BUY, BUY, BUY. IN YEARS TO COME YOU WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT DAY WITH A SMILE.
I LIKE THAT GETTING RID OF FORTY BAGS OF STUFF. ACTUALLY I JUST GOT RID OF 3 FULL BAGS OF STUFF, SO I GUESS I'LL AIM FOR FORTY. TAKE CARE,
HOPE YOUR WEEKEND IS FULL OF SUNSHINE.
LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Jen said...

Great story! Thanks for sharing it! The horse was worth going back for. Enjoy your find!

Zoanna said...

I love it! Designated driver. Too funny.

Danyelle said...

Looks like you got quite the prize!

My husband and I have so much stuff that we need to donate. We dropped off a carload stuffed full last week but still easily have 4 or 5 more loads to go.

Bee Jay said...

I wonder if "Pauline" knew the real value? I'd say you've done well all round - no regrets?
Blessings!

Jenny said...

What a great story....and what a GREAT horse! Love it!

Melissa said...

40 bags, 40 days is a great idea! I'm not sure I can commit to it, but in theory I like it. :)

The horse was a good deal! I'm glad you found something you like so much!

Renna said...

Hi, Karen! I've not had a chance to read blogs in awhile, so I'm catching up on your past unread (by me) posts tonight. I decided to just pick one to comment on, for time's sake, but all were entertaining to me, as always. I just love your style of writing. Your warm personality comes through, and you sound like someone I'd love to live next door to.

Back to the post, though, I loved this one. I have done nearly that identical thing, and have definitely returned to the thrift store after having left. You were really blessed with your horse, and we readers were blessed in reading about it. :-)