Thursday, January 3, 2013
Special Thrift Shop Story and Sweet Goodwill Finds worth Sharing!
With a busy holiday season, I haven't had time to hunt my favorite thrift stores. Thrift shopping is an addiction (that is a major understatement)... so my oldest and I headed to the nearest shop yesterday evening, and I immediately spotted a delightful navy blue pram! I could picture our dd pushing it at the park with her baby dolls and my camera wrapped around my neck. HOW MUCH? $6.00! WOW! My oldest was excited too, he says, "Mommy, I'll push it so no one else takes it!" Sometimes once you find one a treasure it is hard to focus on anything else... so I tried to refocus...while in the housewares aisle, an older man was approaching me... "Ma'm, ma'm..." He wants the pram, I thought. I wanted to avoid the conversation but there wasn't anywhere to hide. He had a $20 bill in his hand... I really wanted the pram... I wasn't giving it up, HOWEVER much to my surprise, he said he had such a blessed Christmas and wanted to give me the $20 to enjoy in the store. I was sweetly surprised. This was beyond my expectations. "Thank you, but are you sure? I can't take this from you..." before I could add another word, he reached for my hand, and placed the bill in my hand, and told me to enjoy it as a blessing. I thanked him again and could feel my face blushing. I was embarrassed to be the recipient of such kindness. What a blessing it was. It made me think of how could I be a blessing to others during Christmas and all year round. I am grateful that God is out there touching others and reminding me that I am loved too. I don't know who the sweet older man was, but I am grateful he was the one that treated us to a few special treasures. Last night, we purchased the pram for $6, and a few things for Brooke's Tea party... $3 daisy pitcher, $1 porcelain hold, $6 new crystal votive holder (will be a beautiful cake plate) and .50 cent tea pot. They all go nicely with some of my previous thrift finds.
Speaking of blessings, I hope that this story is a blessing to you. The thought of that evening tickles my heart. The time with my son, that sweet, thoughtful man... our little treasures. All of it!