I generally go to the Super Cheap thrift on Thurdays because my favorite ladies run the register. Everything is already priced, so it's not because they give me good deals - it's because they are so nice. They are always happy to see me and say I buy the most interesting things. Most of the people that shop there are using vouchers to get clothing and household items. I buy all the weird stuff, the unusual stuff, and the vintage stuff.
Yesterday I found this for 50¢. It's a vintage Add-A-Matic hand held adding machine. This was high tech in the 1950's - you used it at the grocery store to tally up your purchases. In this age of high tech everything, I love to show The Bean the technology of yesteryear, so I threw it in my bag.
When I checked out, the lady that was bagging up my purchases, grabbed the Add-a-matic and clutched it to her chest. She kept saying, "No way! No way! No way!" She told me how her Mother worked at Sav-On and used one of these at her job and when she grocery shopped and when she paid bills., etc. She said she always had it in her pocket or in her purse. "Whenever I picture my Mom, I see her with one of these in her hands", she told me. She had tears in her eyes when she said her Mother had died about a year ago.
So, what could I do? I gave it to her. She tried to pay me for it - she even wanted to give me a dollar. But, I didn't want it. Her face made my day. She was so happy. She said, "My kids are going to FLIP!"
Making her happy, made me happy too.
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