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Thrift Store Score!

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Photo by Steve Snodgrass, Creative Commons Licensing.
Photo by Steve Snodgrass, Creative Commons Licensing.

I love going to thrift stores. I’m a little obsessed with them, actually.

I go after work most times and I’ve got most of the valley wired you might say. I know where the best stores are for the best finds. I love the hunt and, of course, the score. What do I go for? Good question.

Books for starters, I love books. Better yet, first editions or rare ones. You would be surprised to know there are a great many to be had way up here. Some bought for a couple of bucks have turned out to be worth hundreds. They are there if you look hard enough.

DVDs and CDs are another. I love movies on DVD, old TV shows, and classic science fiction, whether it be movie or on TV. Classic radio shows too on tape or CD. I have a sizable collection amassed. My car alone qualifies for an episode of “Hoarders.”

I’m on the look out for CDs for my radio station, KVRF, and my show “The Downbeat.” They are a proven source for both.

I’m also a collector of anything GI. Field jackets, helmets, rucks, and other field gear for the soldier get my attention, especially from World War II. I would love to find older gear, but that has proven nearly impossible. So, I’m on the look out for stuff from 75 years old to my time in service. No weapons yet; those get complicated and expensive.

When I find that special treasure, I go home with it and post my find on my Facebook page with the header: “Thrift Store Score!!!” followed by a description of it. I love to share my thrill of the score to my family and friends.

Well, that’s nice Dan, but what does that have to do with me? Great question, here’s the answer.

Last week, my editor John Aronno got a hold on me via e-mail with a proposal: How about a feature in the Alaska Commons for people who wish to share their thrift store scores? Sounds interesting? It sure did to me and John is very interested too. Let’s keep it to about 200 words or so for starters. Are you game for this?

Let me get the ball rolling: THRIFT STORE SCORE!

A book: Planet of the Apes, by Pierre Boulle, 1963. First book club edition Vanguard Press, inc. New York. Hardback with dust jacket, in very good condition. Worth about $185.00. Had it been a true 1963 first edition it would have worth thousands. Where purchased? Value Village in Wasilla for $3.99 last Monday. Dan Grota -Wasilla, AK.

Simple isn’t it? Send your finds to info@alaskacommons.com and include your name and city. With luck, you too can be in print! I’ll contribute sometimes. Heck, John might too. (He is another lover of the thrift store.) But we would really love to hear about your treasures found in the great thrift store hunt. So, do you have a thrift store score? Tell us more!

Daniel D. Grota
Daniel D. Grota retired from the U.S. Army after twenty one years of service.He is a radio personality on KVRF 89.5 Radio Free Palmer and a former columnist for the Mat-Su Frontiersman.

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