Friday, August 24, 2012


(Pt. IX)

Okay, so I'm set to host a major music event in Florida on Monday night and I'm pretty psyched. I had a related TV interview yesterday, a radio interview today and a salon appointment scheduled for tomorrow with my stylist and nail tech. Then it hit me — what am I gonna wear? Oh sure, I've got closets full of fab fashions, but as an acknowledged international trendsetter, I needed fresh swag for this gig. But I wouldn't be caught dead at a shopping mall. Let's face it, in today's world, guys have limited options. In fact, unless you want to look like you just stepped out of a Lil Wayne video or a Nickelback photo shoot, guys are doomed when it comes to fashion. This situation required a bold vision!

As I've written numerous times over the last year or so, my girlfriend and I are both hopelessly addicted to thrift stores. But this is totally understandable. I mean where else are you going to score $1.00 skinny jeans and the entire Star Wars collection on VHS for a quarter? Not at Macy's, that's for sure. So with very little persuasion, I coerced Michelle into jumping with me in the ol' minivan and going on a little shopping spree. Heck, it had been nearly a month since our last excursion. And what treasures awaited...

Although this framed Jonas Brothers
poster was certainly tempting, I had
to focus on the business at hand.

The find of the day —
sidewalk chalk for a quarter.

I don't know who Cliffy is,
but his chair was flippin' awesome!

I became so overwhelmed by the discovery
of this Spice Girls video cassette (for a buck)
that I barely could calm my trembling hands
long enough to click the pic.

We also sniffed-out a new destination today.
The St. Paul's Service Center Thrift Shop
located in Eau Gallie, FL possesses more of a
boutique atmosphere than our usual romps.

So, did we accomplish our mission? Did I find any groovy new threads for my big gig? Of course! When it comes to thrifting, we NEVER fail. For those of you planning to attend the event on Monday night, I don't want to cast any spoilers, however, I will say three words  — Mountain Dew pajamas!

-Christopher Long
(August 2012)

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