If we’ve told you this story before, we’re sorry. (Okay. That’s not true. It’s a really cool story that we could tell you over and over again and not feel bad.)
A recent visit to your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff by the Sea began as usual. We stopped at the Donut shop then headed toward the Thrift Shop to check out the recently donated wetsuits and boogie boards. It’s a good time of year for that along with bicycles and beach gear.
There was a really cool watch in the Jewelry counter. We wanted to think about it while we walked around. There was a lady loaded down with clothing. It looked like she had some stuff for herself and some for her husband including a classic Pink Floyd t-shirt.
John and Other Brian were making space for a leather couch and matching chairs that just arrived that morning. We asked them if Brian was around (meaning Thrift Shop manager Brian Cook.) Other Brian pointed past Housewares and said, “Hang a left at the big screen TV. Then make a right. Brian is probably staring at the frog.”
Did Other Brian just say, “Brian is probably staring at the frog?”
There was Brian staring at a big wooden frog. It was 9 inches high, 9 inches wide, and a foot long. It had moving legs, but we weren’t worried about it hopping away. The thing weighed a ton! We asked Brian what it was.
“It’s a frog.” (He’s really good when it comes to answering questions.)
We know it’s a doggone frog. What’s it good for?
“I dunno. Never saw anything like it before. Somebody donated it to the Thrift Shop a few days ago. We weren’t even sure where to set it. It looked good on this table, so here it is. We still have no idea what it is or what it does. Wanna buy it?”
Just that quick the lady with the Pink Floyd shirt said, “I want it!”
As Brian helped her carry it to check-out he asked her what it was.
She replied, “It’s a frog. A great big, heavy, wooden frog. My daughter collects frogs. We’ve never seen anything like this. She’s going to LOVE it! Thank you!”
Brian said, “See. Told ya. It’s a frog. This is probably the first time since we opened the Thrift Shop 57 years ago that a big, heavy, wooden frog….a frog with no visible purpose….will help pay for pet food, medical care, and animal supplies. And now we have a place to set the ceramic aardvark. Wanna buy an aardvark?”
For you, maybe it’s not a frog. Maybe it’s a painting, laptop, a coffee table, or a set of dishes you no longer use. When you donate it to the Thrift Shop you’ll be helping families, animals, children, veterans, and victims of domestic violence.
Visit your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop at 120 Aberdeen Drive in Cardiff By The Sea sometime soon. Stop for a donut on your way through the parking lot. Check out the sporting goods, jewelry, electronics, and clothing.
And don’t be afraid to ask, “What the heck is this?”