This summer, as I said elsewhere, was hot in Prince Edward Island. Bernie had had his hands on a pair of his shorts several times as he was packing, but he didn’t put them in his suitcase. No problem, I said. The local co-op has been enlarged and now have clothes. I’d pick up a pair for him.
I went into the coop and saw a short rack of random clothes. No, that can’t be it. They must have a new room. I pushed by someone and went into a new hallway. I stopped abruptly. A restroom, a storage closet and confusion. I turned and came out. I went to the man who was watching me and asked for the clothes. He pointed to the rack I’d already seen. Thank you, I said.
I knew there would be nothing for Bernie: they were all tight, shiny shorts with white slashes on them. A few generations past my husband’s taste.
No problem, I said to Bernie once I was home. There’s the second-hand store. The next day we braved the second-hand place. Of course it wasn’t called second-hand. Now I can’t remember the name but probably something like: “For You! Pre-Selected Clothes!” Anyway it was a lot of clothes, several rooms full. Who needs new?
I asked for help as I couldn’t make any sense out of the racks and the owner led us to the men’s shorts. Bernie pulled out a pair of beautiful pale grey shorts. Real shorts, old-fashioned shorts. And– there was the original price tag on it! Never been worn! He needed a belt too and we, I was as happy as a clam- one of those the diggers don’t get.
Once home he tried them on and they fit perfectly and looked great.
I’m still amazed at our luck.


One thought on “Shorts

  1. I love thrift shopping! Finding something great for such a good price and — like you did — sometimes never even worn is the best. I joke that my entire wardrobe comes from my two favorite stores: Ann Taylor and Goodwill.

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