A Lesson in Greed: Plush-tasrophy…

Preparing to process 1/6 of my plush…

This week I learned my lesson about being greedy. Unfortunately it was a $100+ lesson.

My personality is one in which when I do something, I tend go all out. Sometimes this can work against me.

This past week I started actively searching for more valuable plush to sell. Normally I don’t spend more than 2 minutes in the plush section, but this time I actually began to really get dirty and dig through every rack of plush. I started from one end and worked my way to the other end and repeated until I searched every nook and cranny from top to bottom.

At the first store, my hard work resulted in approximately 25 plush/stuffed animals. These ranged from Ralph Lauren bears to larger than life Yo Gabba Gabba plush and even a Duffy bear.

Sounds awesome right?!? WRONG!

You see, once I hit one thrift store, over the next two days, I visited another two and racked up a $116.00 tab along the way. At each store I kept finding more valuable plush. I was on fire…until I got home and started to process my plush treasures.

Treasure into Trash…

Unfortunately, the bulk of my stuffed animals were purchased from Goodwill. Even more unfortunate is the fact that the “geniuses” over at Goodwill decided to use permanent marker to mark prices on 95% of the tush tags on my plush. If you didn’t know: permanent marker + delicate fabric = EPIC PERMANENT FAIL.

I didn’t know the price was written in permanent marker. I purchased plush in the past where the prices were written on the tush tag, but all I needed was a little soap and water to remove it. That did not work this time (and apparently it is more common than I thought). I literally stood in front of a ton of  useless plush. Thankfully, some of the prices were written in waterproof marker (like the cashier told me it was), but the bulk of my purchases were a complete bust.

As I type this, I have two large 5 gallon trash bags filled with plush ready to be loaded into my car to be re-donated back to the Goodwill.

Fortunately there is a little light at the end of tunnel. There were some animals whose prices were marked with tape and permanent marker since there was no tush tag to destroy and I also bought a few plush animals from another thrift store that uses stickers for all of their merchandise. Thankfully, my hidden Mickey Duffy bear and a few Ralph Lauren bears are still in good shape.

The moral of this story: I need to learn how to exercise restraint. There are always deals to be had at the thrift store. I don’t need to go on a buying frenzy. Potentially losing $116 is not worth it, but it certainly was a lesson I needed to learn.