Before I headed home from a speaking engagement in Waterloo this morning, I took the time to peruse the wares at two different thrift stores. I have two weaknesses, and neither one requires a huge outlay of cash as long as I shop used. But considering I just sold over 200 books and Ziplock bags full of greeting cards and stationery at my garage sale, one might wonder if I could benefit from a support group of some sort.
My name is Mary, and I am addicted to books and paper, and not necessarily in that order.
This is what today’s shopping spree adds to my already overflowing bookshelves and drawers of paper (that I actually write letters on, go figure)
Note that two of the books are on grief. Not only do I find myself studying grief, but I am currently involved in a writing project involving devotions for a grief Bible so I am immersing myself in God’s Word along with Christian perspectives on grief:
Splurge purchases included two big coffee mugs with a grape design ($1 each) and some $1 Vera Bradley plates that were so beautiful, I couldn’t resist. As I took the picture, it crossed my mind that they were almost too beautiful to eat from.
Then I turned one over and realized the plates are meant for display only, and could poison food. Now I’m not sure what I’ll do with them; I’d intended them for special guests. I don’t like poisoning my friends and family.
And for my daughter Elizabeth, two golden-oldies I used in my parenting when she was a little girl, along with a bag of vintage crayons “just because.”
What about you? What types of “things” do you love? Do you tend to go overboard in your acquisition of those things?