This ‘moving things on’ lark is still taking up some of my time. Yesterday I decided it was best to load up the car before I broke my neck trying to manoeuvre around the bags of things in the hallway and pass all those unneeded items on to the lovely helpers in the nearby Op Shops. Op – opportunity…..aka elsewhere as Charity Shops – Thrift Shops
Sadly here in my area little ‘you never know what you’ll find’ ones are a thing of the past – a lot of the big charities have moved into barn like structures and have raised their prices way above what anyone would reasonably pay for something not brand new. If the amount of stock they have available is anything to go by they don’t seem to have problems with donations.
Well, donations that they actually want that is.
The other week, we ……The Golfer and I…..went out into the garage to sort through the luggage. All packed in black garbage bags and neatly stacked in a old cabinet. There were various suitcases of all shapes and sizes, travel bags, cabin bags, back packs and The Golfer’s pièce de résistance….something he used regularly and has held on to for years. His ‘very expensive at the time’ garment bag. Similar to this one
Do you remember the years of the two bag allowance for the hold plus carry on and various other personal bits and pieces at no extra cost……..now a thing of the past in economy on most airlines. Years ago we used to do round the world flights visiting rellies in Asia, U.K and Canada, take in an Air Force reunion for The Golfer necessitating a suit and accessories, and then after being nice and polite with family and others treat ourselves to a ‘just the two of us’ holiday for the last lap. Different climates as well as different situations needed different clothing! So put to use for for many business trips as well as a second bag on those long haul holidays that garment bag served him well.
‘One checked bag only unless you pay for more’ put an end to the amount of clothes we took – cases on four wheels are easier for (ahem) us older ones; on the ocassion he does need a suit he’s developed an easy crease proof way of packing it so the much loved sturdy ‘carry my wardrobe over my shoulder’ bag was relinquished and put on the op shop pile.
Which would have been good……if they had taken it!
Back entrance of these big ‘Family Stores’ is usually where donations go – the person receiving at big place #1 said we don’t take luggage of any sort……….#2 said as it wasn’t on wheels they didn’t want it (“we get enough old fashioned ‘crap’ (his words!) without taking any more”)…..#3 politely said they might have a problem selling it so they’d rather not accept it! In other words….bin it!
There was no way That was going to happen so I went to a smaller place in a closer to the city suburb, where a very nice volunteer smiled when she saw it, remarked on its good condition and said ‘I had a customer ask about this very same item only the other day. He’s a regular so I’ll give him a ring and see if he’s still interested”
Lol I didn’t think the old adage of ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’ applied in the world of op shop shopping where it’s usually ‘first in best dressed’ but obviously in some cases it does. And if you’re lucky they might even buy it 😊