Yesterday was hilarious. It was an Ozark cultural immersion kind of day:)
I set out in the morning in search of a coffee table. I didn't want to spend the money on a brand new one, so I did a quick Yelp search for local thrift stores. While I was driving around a nearby town looking for the place I had in mind, I stumbled upon a few I hadn't heard of. In each of my stops, I came across some fascinating items... and people:)
Thrift Store #1:
Thrift Store #2:
I'm not actually quite sure what kind of store this was... It was just full of so many different random things. While I was perusing, the guy working there came up to me with a jar in one hand and a cracker in the other. He said, "Alright, right here we've got the hottest item in the store. We completely sold out of all of them yesterday, so they're going fast. It's 'Gringo Goose Poop'. It's called 'Gringo' because it's the mildest of them all. You need to give it a try." He then handed me a cracker with the 'Gringo Goose Poop' on it. As I tasted it, he went on to explain to me how his wife eats it on her eggs and how you can put it on anything... It was all so random.
But you know what? It tasted so good! I bought a jar!
While I was waiting at the cash register, I heard him give his pitch to the next customers. One of them said that she's friends with the lady who makes the Goose Poop! I can say that I'm eating local:)
Thrift Store #3:
I know this is a blurry picture, but hopefully the story behind it makes you see its beauty:) So this store is called "Bear Market"... in honor of the random stuffed bear in a glass case at the center of it. The whole ambiance of this place was cracking me up. The old men lounging on the couches around the bear. The fake tree trunk columns all over the room. The children's Sunday School songs playing over the speakers, getting occasionally interrupted by a recorded voice listing off random bear facts. As my friend Ashley from Georgia would say, "It was blessing my heart!"
As I was lifting up my phone to snap a picture of this scene, I was accosted by a huge panda. Like, a person dressed up in a bizarre, large-and-round-headed panda suit. The panda just stood there, looking at me. I looked down and saw it was holding a basket full of small popcorn bags. I wasn't sure if the panda wanted money for her popcorn, so I just stood there. The panda motioned for me to take one, so I did. I kind of stood there for a second, still wondering if the panda wanted something from me, but then she just walked away.
Though I was by myself I could not hold back my laughter. As I stood there chuckling from the awkwardness, I noticed a guy and a girl standing a little bit away, also in a fit of laughter. The guy came up to me with a huge smile and said, "Pretty creepy, huh?!" I laughed and agreed as the girl came up behind him with a sort of scared expression on her face. She looked in the direction the panda had walked and said, "Is it gone?! I don't do fake-dressed-up-panda-things!"
I then tried once again to snap a photo of the bear. I was still laughing, which is probably why it's so blurry. After that, I happily continued on around the store, snapping more pictures of hilarious oddities and searching for the panda in hopes of getting a photo. Perhaps the panda had been an angel because she was suddenly nowhere to be found;)
Some of my other finds:
The skull and antler table. That's not something we have in San Diego thrift stores:)
The stuffed deer on the wall above the shirt section. That's not something we have in San Diego either:)
Oh and no, I never found a coffee table.