Friday, September 12, 2008

blogaversary giveaway the second

The second giveaway for this blogaversary month is this Gap bag, found at Frenchy's awhile ago. I love it but never use it, so if you will, leave a comment and it could be yours! It's in pristine condition, and has a magnetic snap closure and an inside zippered pocket. It's not terribly wide, but would be great for carrying a few magazines or books.

To win the bag, comments on this post should be a story of the grossest thing you've ever seen (or bought) at a thrift store. Because we all know that along with the great finds, there can be some not-so-great finds. And some plain disgusting things. I think my find just might be the grossest of all.

I was looking for a pair of pyjamas at Frenchy's one day, many years ago. When I was in high school, actually - I've had the Frenchy's bug (not the one that leaves you red and itchy) since junior high. I picked up a pyjama shirt, and something fell onto the bottom of the bin with a small clatter. It was hard and dry and brown and had a sort of handley-looking thing on it. I looked a bit more closely, and realized what it once had been. The 'handley-looking thing' was a tail. I found a dried up, dead mouse in a Frenchy's lingerie bin. And the strangest part, looking back, is what I did with it - I picked it up (picked it up!) and took it up to the cashier. I can't remember what she said, but she promptly whisked it away.

If you can beat that story, you win the bag. If there's no standout winner, I'll get my friend the random number generator to choose a winner. Now these are stories I really can't wait to read! Have a great weekend!

Edited to add: The winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 17.


Anonymous said...

Well, I can't beat that story. Not even close. As for gross, dh thinks that buying used shoes is gross. LOL!

egassner said...

Oh my! I don't think I can even compete with THAT! Yuck!
There have been several 'icks'...such as menstrual stained clothing (gag!), molded stuff in glasses or cookware, lord knows what on baby gear, ect.
But nothing huge that stands out like a dried mouse!

Karen said...

I don't think anyone is going to beat the dead mouse story. I have not been to Frenchy's very many times, but I do think a trip to Yarmouth might be in the making. You seem to find such great things there. I love your blog and look forward to your Frenchy finds. Will you be doing any craft shows for the upcoming Holiday season?

I think the grossest thing is used footwear. If it is new and not worn I don't have a problem with someone reselling footwear. If it is worn.........just throw it out.

Heidi said...

That is so nasty!!! The grossest thing I can think of are the bathrooms at our Sally Anne. Seriously, no matter how many times I tell everyone to go before we leave, someone ALWAYS has to go there = )

The best thing I've ever seen at a thrift store was one of those machines that had a belt you'd put around your middle and it would vibrate to help you lose weight. It was pink...I'm still kicking myself for not buying it = )

sherrieg said...

Karen, come to Yarmouth any time at all for a Frenchy's trip! I promise that if we find any creatures in the bins, living or dead, I'll take care of them. And yes, I will be doing two craft shows this fall - October 25 & 26 at the Rodd Grand Hotel, and November 29 & 30 at the Pleasant Street Fire Hall. Please come!

sarah said...

Hi Sherrie,
I have been browsing your blog for some time now, and have wanted to comment on ALL your soap photo's...
They are awesome...

I had a recent Frenchy grossness when I was in Yarmouth a few months ago visiting my mother. I was looking for some fabric to make a scarf. The idea I had in my head was driving my nuts... I had all the colours and fabric prints all stuck in my head. I couldn't believe how well I was doing.. finding everything I was imagining. I just needed a dark fabric to use for the outside of the scarf. I wondered over to men's section. I noticed there was someone coming over to the same bin as I, which usually makes my uncomfortable, because others tend to take what I was looking at in the first place. Anyway, the guy that came out of the dressing room, was coming over to the bin for Men's pants, which is where I was. I was looking at the pants he was about to drop back in the bin, and thought... that fabric would be so awesome! So, when he left, I grabbed the pants. They were a Tommy Tweed baggy type pants and they were brown! As I was walking up to to pay for all the clothes I found, I kind of noticed my hand was a little damp.... I'm just going to say that the pants I had JUST picked up, had fresh boogies in them, and I had pretty much covered my hand in it. I was so grossed out... and disappointed because that was the perfect fabric.
(I did find a better fabric at Walmart once I got back to Halifax)

Sarah Armstrong

Goatmeal_Crisp said...

Ooo, I have one! At one of the Digby Frenchy's, the person I was with decided to buy some candy from one of the vending machines near the door. She inserted her money, extended her hand and turned the handle to catch the hot tamales...and the pile of ants that came with them!

Oh, wait -- THAT WAS YOU!!

Carrie ~ Gigi said...

Don't know if I can beat that story but here husband slipped a pair of pants on at home even though strangely one of the pants legs were heavy-it was a snake! Well, those pants ended up in a thrift shop===yekkkk, but without the snake of course!