Pass The Hand Sanitizer


Earlier this week I went shopping with my mom. I actually did fairly well - I didn't spend too much money! Sometimes I just like shopping too much . . .

Ever since I was young I've had a slight dislike of thrift stores. I'm not sure what seems so horrible about them, because alot of times I'll comment on some cute article of clothing or decoration and I'm told it's from a thrift store. You can get some great stuff from them, so they really can't be all bad. But whenever I leave I feel like I need to sanitize my hands.

One of the items we were trying to find yesterday was a little baby gate so that we can block off a section of the basement for Ralphie when we're gone. We've been trying to keep him in his kennel, because Quincy does fine in hers, but Ralphie is a really small dog, and he just can't hold it. It's so sad when we get home and he comes out of the kennel all wet - he looks so relieved just to be out! But then we have to give him a bath, and he just looks so lovably pathetic. Ralphie hates baths.

My mom is quite a smart shopper, so she thought it might be worth it to check a thrift store to see if they had a baby gate that was inexpensive (those things are not cheap if you buy them new). I walked in there, and I was fine as long as I just looked, but once I picked something up I got that annoying urge to wash my hands again. Honestly, thrift store merchandise can't really be that dirty! Most people probably wash things before they give them to a thrift store (at least we always did). Sometimes I think I have a mild case of OCD.

Anyway, we were on our way to another section of the store, browsing as we went, when what do you think I saw? A pair of roller skates! I couldn't believe it, because roller skating has been on my mind since I visited my friend Hazel. I was actually thinking about calling different roller skating rinks to see if any of them were selling their old skates. I think it would be fun to have my own pair so that I could skate around this lake in town if I wanted, or even skate on our cement pad out back (we have this huge cement pad next to our house that will eventually hold a garage). I love skating - it's one form of exercise that I truly find enjoyable.

The skates were a size too big, but they were only six bucks! I figured I could stuff a little bit of toilet paper in the toe and they would work wonderfully; and for six bucks you can't go wrong. Do you know how much skates cost brand new? If you can even find skates - they aren't too common anymore. I can't do roller blades because my ankles are too weak - I've never been able to hold my ankles straight when ice skating or roller blading. I really like the stability of the four wheels on roller skates.

Well, needless to say, I couldn't pass up an opportunity like that. So I bought the skates. I haven't been able to try them out yet, but I'm pretty excited! Maybe on Friday, since I'm planning on spending the entire day being lazy and having fun. It's been a crazy two weeks.

I think I need a skating buddy though - maybe I can convince Derek to skate with me if he gets a pair.

Come to think of it, I was so excited by the skates that I don't think we ever ended up looking for a baby gate for Ralphie at the thrift store! Never mind it was the entire reason we went in there in the first place. Oh my.

And just in case you were wondering, I did sanitize my hands once we were in the car. Twice.
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Brittney Galloway said...

haha, I share your sentiment about germiness in thrift stores! They freak me out a little bit. I always get to wondering "what did this person DO in these clothes?" and then I run out, frightened!

Kara @ KSS said...

That's cute, Callie! You'll have fun with your roller skates. :) Unlike you, I can't do roller skates, only rollerblades. I trip over the stopper on roller skates.

Rebecca Louise. said...

I always have a hand sanitizer in my car ready for any germs I may come into contact with - guess I am little OCD. Skating always takes me back to my childhood :)

Anonymous said...

I really like going to thrift stores and garage sales. They really are hit or miss though.

Mr. & Mrs. said...

I feel the same way. I've been a couple of times looking for cheap side tables, but everything in the store feels sticky and grimy. I don't know why. yuck.

Marissa said...

Skating will be so much fun! What a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I feel the same way as you do when I go to a thrift store. Even if I don't touch a thing, I have to sanitize or wash my hands immediately. So that can't be too weird if we both feel that way. :P

Jessica said...

I always feel a little dirty when I go to thrift stores too. But you can find great stuff there for cheap! The skates look like fun :-)

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