1.”Is everything really $2/bag?”
“Yes. It’s Bag Day. Except for the clothes from the Finer Boutique.”
“How much are the clothes from the Finer Boutique?”
2. An elderly man pulling one carefully folded men’s T-shirt after another from the bottom of a stack, shaking it out, staring at it, and tossing it to the side.
3. A large man stroking his chin as he gazed at box after box of brown plastic teacups, plates, and bowls – restaurant surplus – and a large woman wearing a Rummage Volunteer apron standing patiently next to him.
“How does $10 sound?” she said. “For the whole lot.”
The large man stood and stroked his whiskery chin.
“I’ll give you five,” he said.
4. A tan cowboy hat with a feather and a ribbon, hanging on top of a bank of spotlights.
5. A VHS copy of Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, shelved next to Favorite Bible Stories for Modern Children.
6. An enormous automatic bread baker, perhaps the first one ever made, marked $12, being muscled into a Kowalski’s grocery paper bag by a middle-aged woman.
“The bag tore,” the woman said to a Rummage Volunteer-apron wearing man. “Can I still get it for the $2/bag price?”
7. A table full of little potted perennials, marked down from $2/apiece to $1/apiece to $.50/apiece to 3/$.50.
8. A small girl dancing around a used Mickey Mouse high chair while her mother examined it.
“But a baby might have thrown up on it!” she said.
“A baby certainly threw up on it,” her mother said. “That’s what babies do. They throw up, they poop, they pee, they eat, they screech. If they weren’t so cute we’d kill them.”