[Downsizing Zeal] Heal Your Materialism

I like testing my limitations. I used to enjoy going thrifting, but I found the materialistic aspect too addicting, where I’d leave with bagfuls of mediocre objects that I wouldn’t end up doing much of anything with, besides hoarding. Now that thrift stores are reopening, despite COVID-19 cases also reappearing nationwide, can I still go thrifting – as long as I’m careful about what I buy? I nearly purchased three items today. Here’s how it went.

I always like to start at the toy aisles of thrift stores.

I guess the idea is that if there’s anything unique, I’ll be able to spot it there first, whereas books, CDs, or other media I can only identify from their spines. Despite the global pandemic, there wasn’t much of a difference between this toy aisle and others I’ve seen over the years. I still wore my face mask, which gave me a bit more bravery to decide to take the above flat and a wider-angle shot. I could have picked through some things here and there, like a Hulk toy on the floor, but Hulk is not one of my favorite characters nor from one of my favorite franchises, so it stayed.

I tend to do quick scans, where I might be in the aisle for less than 30 seconds.[]

Later on, I found this Jurassic Park model kit.

It would have been cool except all it had was the instructions.

I thought of bringing it up to someone’s attention, but I left it open like this instead.

This Panzer IV model tank was a dollar more expensive.

However, it was almost entirely complete.

Years ago, I might have bought it, but with focused materialism? No.

I try to spend as much time as I can in the books section now.

If there are videogames sections or other sections, I might try to look around there, or if the display cases at the front of the store have anything noteworthy, I might meander there, otherwise, I’ve come across some good book finds lately. I’ll sometimes look at electronics. They had discounted electronics but I had no need for another standalone dollar DVD player, and they pop-up often enough that it’s not a big deal for me.

I have bought clothing and such at thrift stores over the years.

But now, I’d much rather buy books, even if most are readily available online.

Beyond Good And Evil and most of Nietzsche’s writing are readily available online. In previous years, I would have bought this book without hesitation, because it would have been a good start for me to begin reading, but now I have to remember that I own hundreds of books that are “good starts” like this, so what I’ll do is read their first page to see if they captivate me. If they do, then I’ll plan to kick out the current fiction or nonfiction book I’m reading to make room for this book. In this case, it wasn’t that this book wasn’t bad, or didn’t resonate with me as in that it was bad.

I’d rather read Nietzche’s writing somewhere other than a thrift store.

There was a point where someone was yelling at the front of the store. I think it was an argument over wearing a mask, but I couldn’t quite see and understand what was going on, because the person was wearing a mask, and the store employees were certainly acting like the person was not, so it was just a heated exchange that seemed weird, so I returned to assessing my growing stack of books, which also contained Heal Your Headache. I own a copy of this, but I lent it out, and I like the idea of owning multiple copies of books like this that have useful reference materials, so I purchased a second copy for myself, even if it won’t get too much direct use.

The book did have someone’s medical paperwork in it…

After I finish writing this essay, I’ll review that paperwork and if it’s sensitive information, I’ll burn it. If it’s not, then I’ll leave it in there as a bookmark toward the beginning. My second neurologist recommended the book to his patients, so I almost wonder if there’s a connection there. I’ve also recently felt like I wanted to receive that book back from my lending, so it’s nice to have a second copy, so when I do receive the copy back, I can then lend this one or my copy out to someone else that could benefit from reading it.

I put the Beyond Good And Evil book in the Religious section and moved on.

There was a copy of 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson.

Hardback books were more expensive and the personalized note, shown above, from the gifted person’s parents just two years prior put a tragic thought in my mind. I suppose there’s no evidence for tragedy here. I would look at something like this, were I to buy it, and would rather cut out this leading page, to not deal with the note at all.

Someone else can have their parents be proud of them two years ago by proxy.

As a final journalistic note on this thrifting adventure, the donation line was long!

I didn’t have the energy to go and ask anyone about what they were donating or how long they had waited, but the assumption we can make is that the spring cleaning, summer days, and “Kon-Mari” mentality of clearing one’s house of non-essentials led the over nine vehicles we can see in this shot above, along with probably close to a dozen in total to clear out many objects from their homes. I was thinking of putting together a box of donations, but just hadn’t gotten the energy to do so, but now that I know that thrift stores are open again, it might be worth putting together.

If only to lighten my load: exchanging one box of insignificance for a significant book?

Quotes: None.
Sources: My personal experiences.
Inspirations: Just went because I felt like it. Essay title from the book title. I might start writing more essays like this where I write about the stuff I don’t buy when I go thrifting just to help me get out more, when I do get out more.
Related: Other Downsizing Zeal and Thrifting Adventure essays.
Photos: Taken on-location.
Written On: 2020 July 06 [5:37pm to 6:18pm]
Last Edited: 2020 July 06 [First draft; final draft for the Internet.]


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