We stopped by your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea to check out a new sofa, matching chairs, and ends tables that had been donated the day before. Other Brian had taken “The Beast” (our big truck that we use to pick up donations) and got it all in a single trip. The people who donated it could not have been happier.
After giving the chairs a sample sit, we went searching for Thrift Shop Manager Brian Cook. Other Brian said he had seen him arranging the jewelry but when we got to the display case we heard him chuckling in the Men’s Wear department.
Hey Brian. What’s up?
“This still makes me laugh. A couple came to the Thrift Shop with several items to donate. She had a microwave, a laptop computer, used kitchen appliances, and some clothing she didn’t wear anymore because she had lost weight.”
What’s funny about that?
“It was her husband. On the way in he walked through Sporting Goods and bought a wet suit that looked brand new. He checked out a big screen TV that had just come in the day before. I mean…he was enjoying himself, but something just wasn’t right.”
Did you ever find out what it was?
“A few days later, there he came. He asked if there was a place where we could talk. We went back by the musical instruments where a girl was testing out a guitar. He told me he wanted to buy back some of the stuff his wife donated. He wanted his Ladainian Tomlinson jersey, the boots that he finally got broken in the way he liked them, and the flannel shirt that he always wore to the beach. He didn’t want a price break. He knew that whatever he paid for it would help the animals. He just wanted his stuff back.”
Did he get everything?
“There were a few of the things that had already sold, but he got almost everything he wanted. He even made an extra donation to Rancho Coastal Humane Society in exchange for me keeping my mouth shut the next time his wife comes in.”
Brian explained that, as much fun as he had helping the man, the best part of his job is that every donation and every item sold helps the animals. That flannel shirt helped to pay for a surgery. The boots provided care for the pet of a domestic violence victim. His Chargers jersey bought the pet food that a veteran needed so he could keep his cat.
Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Thrift Shop is at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea. If you have items to donate you can drop them off at the Thrift Shop or call 760-753-0970 to arrange for pick up. Be sure to “Like” Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop on Facebook.
The money raised at the Thrift Shop helps people and animals when they need it most. We have to be successful. Every animal deserves a tomorrow. ®