Goodwill has become my go-to-destination for crafty inspiration. Finding what I’m looking for is a gamble (compared to shopping at Michaels or JoAnn’s Fabric), but I occasionally hit the jackpot and find a COOL THING tucked behind vases or miscellaneous holiday stuff.
In the spirit of full disclosure, my definition of COOL THING is what other people consider CREEPY-A-F. There’s a certain endearing quality to COOL/CREEPY-A-F THINGs. And while space, budget, and a territorial COOL THING already on my shelf limit what comes home with me, I always keep my eye out.
Just this week, I saw a couple COOL THINGs in the holiday section. Mr. Frankie from Target almost came home with me. His ear-to-ear grin with baby vampire teeth just drew me in, and I pictured him on my desk. He’d watch my back while I write. But then I took a look at his eyes. Big, beady eyes that would give me nightmares for the rest of the night if I caught them staring at me in the middle of the night.
Then there was Santa Claus, whose eyes seemed to follow me whenever I walked past. Few things creep me out more than eyes following me. So his ass stayed on the shelf; I didn’t even look at his price-tag.