Thift Store searching: The original dungeon crawling
When you're a hip SoCal surfer dude like me, you just gotta pick up your clothes, furniture, electronics and CD's at your local thrift stores. The absolute variety and varying quality of the merchandise makes every visit an adventure, with tons of garbage obscuring the best treasures at prices lower than you could get online.
Before I explain my love for the second hand store, I must confess something personal. I am not the skinniest dude on the boardwalk. I tend to size up way more often than down.(What can I say? I like Jujyfruits and they like me.) Sears, my go-to department store, usually carries clothes designed for more stuck-up guys. The thrift store, however, is a completely different world. No two of the same shirt. No different sizes. What you see is what you get. I understand that this might not be the best proposal, but if you don't set your prospects too high, you might be genuinely surprised with what you find. Vintage shirts, tacky printed tees, compilation cd's, and, if you're lucky, some electronics at great prices. The experience is similar to dungeon crawlers, with you navigating through an unfamiliar land looking for useful items.
Of course, not all journeys will be fruitful and prosperous. Places like Antique Stores and Fairs can jack the prices up to where the hunt isn't even worth it anymore(never pay 16 dollars for a mug, even if it has Snoopy on it). Scalpers at Flea markets (lookin at you, Wario) do the same thing. When looking for deals, it's good to look at places with less understanding of the object in question. If a seller knows an object's worth, they'll tend to mark up prices to ones akin to those on eBay. With that, you lose the part of thrift store searching that made it fun.If the object is worth the same price, what's the point? That's all I have to say about it. Eventually, i'll show some of the findings i've collected over time, including my Drawing Pad, GBA, and tons and tons of shirts. Peace out, Surfer Dudes.