I went to the thrift shop tonight. It’s only a block from my house and they seem to cycle through stock fairly regularly. I don’t mean they sell stuff and get new stuff, necessarily. I mean stuff disappears and reappears.
About a month ago, I saw a used copy of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill on CD for $2. I’ve never heard it. I’ve heard it is a classic. Thought about getting it. Didn’t. Went back two days later. It was gone. Of course. Though I did find a pristine used Blu-ray of Monty Python & the Holy Grail for $3, so that trip was still a success.
Anyway, I went back tonight and saw that the vinyl shelves had been replenished. Tons of 80s stuff. Also tons of Bill Cosby records which would have been a glorious find had they been there a year ago, but now? I don’t know. But that’s not my point.
I texted Aaron about the 80s rock records. Did he want Honeymoon Suite? Platinum Blonde?
And for that matter, did I want the Billy Joel record because I was a fat nerdy wiener kid?
While Aaron was replying, I went over to look at the CDs. The Lauryn Hill CD was back, so I grabbed it right away. Success! (I know I said I wasn’t buying any more music until those other CDs have been reviewed, but I would have got this one a month ago had it been available AND it was only $2 AND I will add it to the to-review pile AND I get to make up the rules so shut up.)
And while I was by the CDs, some dude showed up and cleared out basically every record I had texted Aaron about. It was like the guy was laser-focused on anything that might have been interesting to Aaron or me. It was so specific that I couldn’t even be upset about it. It was just hilarious. I do not blame this guy. I had my chance. I hadn’t taken the records and set them aside for myself. All is fair in love, war, and bin digging.
My Salvation Army doesn’t use bins but my point stands.
Besides, while I was waiting for that guy to finish up so I could pick over the carnage he left in his wake, I found a copy of the Black Adder Remastered: Ultimate Edition set. Still sealed. $3. Best find. Thanks for making me loiter, record poacher!
Anyway, my veteran advice to you is if you ever see anything you want, or might want, or aren’t sure you want, buy it up now without thinking twice because God only knows what could happen. You (and everyone who has to live with you) will thank me later.