Vintage Soda Crates10:32 PM
I saw these vintage soda crates at the thrift store.
I kind of ran over to them when they caught my eye.
As I was looking at the crates I noticed the cities stamped on the end and gasped.
I guess it's not too shocking since this is where we live. The soda was apparently bottled here, purchased here, and sat in someone's garage for a long time until they cleaned it out and took these to the thrift store.
There was a Pepsi and 7up crate. I was really excited and then I saw the price tags: $12.00 EACH. mwaaaw. mwaaaw. mwaaw.I thought: "what the crap?" and noticed they were in the "collectibles" section. My heart sunk a little and I put them back and went to look at the fabric.
They were so cool, the old divided soda crates, plus our town stamped on the ends. But $24.00 for both? Seemed too pricey. But then I thought of them as a memento, since we'll be moving in two years to a new location. These could be a symbol of our lives while we lived here. It seemed more nostalgic and worth it and I decided I would regret walking away from them. So they went in my cart.
I was checking out and the woman ringing me up saw the prices said: "this must mean 2 for $12.00" I answered I thought each was priced at $12.00 since they weren't taped in a set. She looked inside them and said: "Twelve dollars for that? That's ridiculous. Hold on. Let me get a manager." He came over and confirmed they were $12.00 each. She gave him a look and he got defensive explaining they had just been marked down that day from $15.00 and walked away. Apparently this wasn't the first item she called out on the prices. She turned to me and said: "Well I tried. It's still ridiculous."I left thinking "I like that cashier"...even though she probably thinks I'm an idiot for buying these. And I wondered the whole way home if I really was an idiot.
I showed my husband when he got home from work and showed him it even had the ABC American Box Corporation San Francisco stamp on the inside in pretty good condition.
I think my husband agreed with the cashier.
So I have thirfter's remorse. Do you think I overpaid a ridiculous amount?
I guess it came down to the fact I really liked them and in the end it obviously seemed worth it to me. I knew myself well enough that I would have regretted not seizing the opportunity.
So I think I've justified the purchase and just need to clean the grime off and put them to use.
Has anyone else felt you paid too much for thrifted junk?
Did I overpay for thrifted junk?
Who's side are you on:
me vs. husband/ cashier