Looking Natural

As you all know, I am an avid shopper at Goodwill and Salvation Army. Occasionally I also shop at St. Vincent DePaul or garage sales. I’m always looking for a bargain. Every now and then you find very odd items. They make you wonder how they ended up at the resale shop and then you wonder who would purchase them. On my latest visit Sparky was digging through a bin that was filled with VHS tapes and some CDs and DVDs. He can’t pass up the chance to find that one movie or the replacement CD for a vinyl record. As he was pulling out tapes and stacking them to the side he found a surprise.

I happened to be a couple feet away looking at purses. He pulled it out of the bin and after turning it over in his hands a couple times got my attention. “Is this what I think it is?” He asked. I glanced over and did a double take. There in his hand was a prosthetic breast. After I uncrossed my eyes and got my chin off the floor, I was able to gasp out a strangled “Yes!” He then proceeded to squeeze it and commented that it felt quite natural. In that moment I had closed the gap between us and nearly struck the poor boob (not Sparky) out of his hand. Against my better judgement Sparky placed it in the cart. Not more than a minute later I discovered another one tucked amid the wallets!

Now, they were not a set although they were (according to the label on the back) the same brand and size. They were marked $1.99 each. Where did they come from? How did they end up at Goodwill? Who did they belong to? We will never know. They were gently returned to the wallet bin and we left the store. As we were driving to the grocery, Sparky decided that he just had to buy them. “Why? Why?? Why!?!” I asked. “Because they would make the best Dirty Santa gift for the gift exchange this year!” He explained. Needless to say, he dropped me off at the grocery and went back to buy them. I wish I had been there to see the expression on the cashier’s face as he made that purchase! And because I have a camera and you might not believe me, I am posting photographic proof that this is a true story! (scroll down for the photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 thoughts on “Looking Natural

    1. Oh, I won’t have any problem showing MY face but Sparky may have to slink around and choose his cashier carefully! hehe! I’m amused that he had to purchase these but then again…

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    1. The exchange Sparky’s family does is more a white elephant exchange with people “stealing” the good gifts and trying not to get stuck with the “booby” prize. Sparky’s entry into this madness will be perfect! hehehe!

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    1. You are talking to a woman who spent an afternoon at Garden of the Gods National Park taking photos of animal scat and having a park ranger get so excited that I was excited about scat that he took me (and Sparky) on a tour of scat “dumping” grounds. I think Sparky is the good sport in the family! I just laugh a lot!

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  1. I’ve not been to Garden of the Gods, but I have been to the top of the mountain — I can imagine you and the park ranger being excited about the animal scat, and dragging Sparky along! A funny picture!

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      1. That sort of encounter can provide wonderful treats — I was given a tour of the Institute of Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo a year or so ago — a wonderful treat, and I learned so much about the research they do that is pretty much unsung.

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    1. I may need to give him some guidance on the packaging – he tends to wrap all gifts in newspaper and I’d hate to have them all smudged up with ink after I so carefully cleaned them!

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  2. Somebody who had breast cancer and died, must have used them; and the relatives probably gave them away. So sad, no? Breast prosthesis run about $300 to $400 for ONE breast. Paying $1.99 for each was a steal.

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  3. Muri, I just signed up to follow you today, and already, I have been richly rewarded. Secondhand stores around here will not accept used underwear or bras, so I find it hilarious that yours will accept used boobs, and then hide them in the CD or wallet bin for unsuspecting customers to find. LOL. You must post about the Dirty Santa gift exchange, it is imperative I find out who wins the “booby prize.” ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hi Joan! Thanks for subscribing. I found your site and subscribed because I found your posts witty and interesting. As for the gift exchange, it was postponed multiple times – but this coming Christmas it will happen for sure since Sparky’s parents won’t be leaving for Arizona… I will be sure to give the gift exchange full coverage!

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      1. Like you, Muri, I am always on the lookout for bizarre stuff. Two or so years ago, one of my neighbors was fighting breast cancer, and invited family and friends to support her by crafting boobs (out of fabric, crocheted or knitted ones, paper mache, etc) and hang them on a tree in her front yard, which she dubbed the TaTa Tree. Here are some other weird things I’ve found in my village and surrounding community: https://justjoan42.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/things-worth-a-double-take/. Feel free to leave me links for any prior posts you think I’d enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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