I could record the journey, get inventory and maybe even get some publicity for doing something that no one has ever done. After counting all the stores in my state, the number to visit was 120. Sure, it would be a bulky task with all the driving, the planning and the money spent on inventory, but those are all excuses. I’m going to live my life saying yes. The upside was too high.
So I went to my first store. I didn’t worry about the details. I just went, shopped and filmed. My first test was a trip to Terre Haute. This would be the first multiple-store trip with six stores and a two-hour drive. Could I handle the drive and the exhaustion of thrifting and filming? I was about to find out. Well, I found some cool pieces and knew on the drive back that even though I was tired, I had to keep doing this. It was going to be worth it.
Along the trip, I found quite a few surprising pieces. Here are some of them:
- A Logo Athletic Dallas Stars Splash hat that I bought for 99¢ and sold for $30
- Elvis Presley shirt from 1971 that I sold for $25
- “Austin 3:16” Stone Cold Steve Austin shirt
- Bootleg Guess “Guess What I’m a Dancer” shirt
- Vintage D.A.R.E. shirt
- Several IU and Purdue pieces
- Pacers gear
I’m writing this article on the day that I finished store number 120. It’s surreal to look back over the past year and reflect on what I’ve found and the thoughts I’ve had along the way. I think I learned that the clothes I find usually reflect the culture of their city. College towns had college gear. Places near Chicago had Chicago-themed pieces. Urban areas had hip-hop tees—and Disney for some reason. *Shrugs shoulders*
As a whole, I’m profoundly proud of myself. I thought of something crazy, saw it as achievable and I did it. You can jump over barriers, bust through walls and still hit a home run from a curveball. I’m evidence of that.
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