Thursday, April 2, 2015

Second Hand Stores are bad for your health

Yesterday I took a trip to Walmart, and didn't get anything really.  I was with my mom and we decided to go to Savvy Seconds, the local second hand store.  It was open yet, so I stopped by the Pilot Truck Stop where I used to work to visit an old coworker.  I hadn't seen her in a while so I thought I'd drop in.  I then ate some breakfast at Wendy's inside the Pilot (that is actually where I worked), and it's just not as good as I use to remember it.  I guess that's a good thing as I don't crave it as much, but I may have to stop in for a Spicy Chicken one day.

Anyways, we got to Savvy Seconds a bit after it opened, and it was a little busy.

The title isn't really meant to be mean, I used it because you end up buying stuff you don't really need.  As I will show you.

Books were 5 for $1, and my mom found a couple she liked, so I found 3 worthy of looking at.  I will skim through the Nutrition Guidebook, maybe I can find something useful in it.  The Bill O'Reilly one I got because if nothing else it can go on the bookshelf next to one of the other books of his I have.  I use to be a fan of his, but not so much these days. Before we get into political discussions, lets move on.  The book in the middle intrigued me the most.  The Kid Who Batted 1.000.  In small print under the title is says "Dave and his rooster turn baseball upside down".  That got me into it enough to check it out.  The book was published in 1953, so it could be interesting.  I hope its better than an one of the last old books I got about a guy who had amnesia and played baseball, I forgot the name of it, but the story just bottomed out at the end.  Anyways, once I read this I'll let you know how it is.

I also found some other goodies I didn't need.

I will start with the DVD.  The band is the Newsboys, and I have been a fan for many years.  This is a concert DVD I believe and I thought I would get my money's worth even if I watched it once.  Back in the early 2000's I was really into Christian music and was even a new administrator for a Christian music website.  I still listen, but not as much as I did back then.  One of the bands I still listen to is the Newsboys.  Their sound today is a lot different than when they first started but I still enjoy it.

The book is something that I would normally have no interest in.  To be honest, I still don't.  But it was at the checkout line, and I was skimming it, and inside I saw a story about the X-Files.  It wasn't a show I watched a lot, but did see from time to time (though I think I do own both of the movies on DVD).  The total for our stuff was $3.50, and not wanting to deal with change (plus the money goes to a good cause), I went ahead and got the book, it was $1.50, so even though it was a bit pricy, I still think $5 overall isn't too bad.  Here is a look at a couple pages.

They look so young.  Who knows maybe this will be worth a lot since the show is coming back.

I thought this was pretty cool.  They are in a stare down.  I'm not going to pick who would win.  However something to consider is the Robocop featured in this issue is from a TV show not the movie.

The issue is from 1994, and here is a cool photo on the back cover.

Ahh, gotta love books like these.  As such with most older magazines it is fun just to look at the advertisements.

Alright, finally is something I didn't even spot.  My mom did.  We were about to check out and she was like "are those ball cards?"  And the answer was "kinda".  She found some cards, then I found another pack of cards.  I got both of them.

IS THAT A TURTLE?  The answer is yes it is.  The package on the left had some really cool cards, some I never seen before.

These cards are from the Missouri Conservation Department.  I sent them an email asking for more information (I want to add them to the Trading Card Database), and still waiting word.  All I know is they are from 1997.  I'm not sure if I have a favorite, but the Eagle and the State Flower are the front runners.  I didn't think I'd have much interest in these at first, but I think they will look nice in my collection of stuff from the state of Missouri.

There were some other cards in the package which I had a bit of trouble finding info on.

After a little digging I found out these were stamp designs.  I don't know much more, but I guess these were released when stamp sets would come out, and there is a spot on the back to place the stamp.  Here is the front and back of the softball card.

Very nice to be honest.  If I collected stamps, I would have like to have these.  I like how it describes the stamp and what series its from.  Almost all the cards were from the 1993-1995 years.  They were all different series so it wasn't one set.

The package my mom spotted was the one purchase I was happiest with.

It said on the package there were 50 cards.  I think it was 49 but I'm not complaining.  It had about 10 doubles, these are the doubles.  I was a big fan of American Gladiators growing up.  I lived in a farmhouse with 4 channels and AG came on every Saturday Night (maybe it was Sundays).  They rebooted the series a few years ago, but I couldn't even watch it.

I had some of these cards before, and I loved the design (in fact some of my created cards were designed from these cards).  I also had the American Gladiators soundtrack too.

These cards were really in great shape, much better than I expected, most still had fairly sharp edges.  This lower card I like because Gemini was one of my favorite Gladiators, and I liked Mike Adamle and Larry Csonka as the announcers.  As I was preparing for this post, I watched some old clips.  Two of my most memorable moments was the photo finish that Mark Ortega won when his outstretched hand crossed the finish line before his opponent did.  I remember watching that when it first happened.  The other memorable moment was I remember when Rico Constantino was on as a contender.  Years later he would wrestle in WWE and was the manager for the team of Chuck and Billy.  It was cool remembering him before he was in WWE.  It was almost like how I remembered The Miz when he was on The Real World.

So all this for $5 isn't too bad.  I think since I'm done with this I will watch some more American Gladiators on youtube.  Those seem to pump me up!  Thanks for reading and have a great night.

1 comment:

  1. "Nitro-Glistening" -- that's some solid pun copywriting there.