I must confess every now and then I make a mistake at the thrift shops. It rarely happens, but this mistake that I am going to tell you about was huge and major! I went to the Family Thrift Center on Midlothian Turnpike. It is a great thrift shop, but always very busy, the aisles are narrow, and sometimes the other patrons are RUDE! By that I mean, they don’t move when you patiently say excuse me repeatedly or if they do move it is 1/2 foot and not enough to get by them. I have to be in a place that I am not rushed to go in.
Their jewelry section is heaven. They get the coolest things donated to them. Many of the items are old, rare and one of a kind. I saw a brooch in the case. The picture is part of it. It had a lovely black cameo on top of this. It had some type of goop on the cameo and it was very dirty. It was also marked $149! It is large 3” by 2” and has a very old pinback on it.
I put it back and forth a couple of times. Instead of leaving it there the fact it was priced $149 and the gentleman that was also looking at it got the better of me. Normally, the Family Thrift is right on with its pricing on their items. I bought it thinking I had a major score. I brought it home and soaked it in my trusty Dawn Dish liquid. As I removed it from the Dawn and started using my fingers to rub it a bit, the cameo and its background disintegrated in my hands. To say I was pi$$ed is an understatement! I did release a few expletives into the air.
I called the manager of the Family Thrift to explain what had happened to see if they might give me a refund or at the least a store credit. Nothing doing! Then I ramped it up to furious! At myself mostly for not leaving it there. It sat on my dresser mocking me for quite a while and I couldn’t bring myself to throw it in the trash as I had spent $149 for it. Then the light went on.
I have plans for this part of the brooch. The most substantial part. I will work on it this week and show you next week what it becomes. Maybe I can make it look like it is worth the $149 I paid for it.
Let this be a cautionary tale…if you MUST rub, rub VERY GENTLY!