Well, that streak ended this past Tuesday when I went on a Low Country Crawl with my niece Leia for her birthday.
This is an annual event so I really could not turn it down.
We shopped at four thrift shops and one antique mall between Summerville and North Charleston, SC.
A lime green rubber kangaroo and a tiny pink ceramic something (bunny?).
Both need cleaning.
A great assortment of baskets.
An old straw hat.
Stacks of books.
Bags of rusty springs.
Round Italian floral tray.
Black floral tray.
Assorted kitchen gadgets.
Small plant stand.
And that is all of the smalls.
Leia also purchased a few items for baby shower decor and prizes.
Now for the biggies!
We hit one thrift store right when they were pulling out all the furniture from the back.
This mauve bookshelf caught my eye.
I claimed it.
A mauve cabinet.
I claimed it.
Two Pennsylvania House end tables.
I claimed them both.
By this time the furniture manager was standing beside me writing sales tickets as the workers hauled out stuff.
Remember I was 130 miles from home and had to take everything with me.
Then a guy rolled this right up to me and said he knew I wanted this primitive chest.
YES, YES, YES!!!
Another customer tried to take this away from me, but the manager told him it was on my ticket.
Two large mirrors.
This particular thrift store is unlike other stores. They insist on loading your items.
All of this fit into the back of the Old Coffin Carrier (My S-10 Blazer - she is 20 years old this week!)
Leia, the manager, and I fit it all together like a jig saw puzzle.
I did have to bungee cord the back window to close a two-inch gap.
And Leia and I were a bit squeezed in the front seats.
Off we went for a delicious long lunch (Mexican) and solved all the problems in our lives and the world.
Then I started home.
Anyone who has traveled Highway 61 between Bamberg and Highway 17 knows it is mostly desolate.
Which means you can fly.
Like 65 MPH or more fly.
So how did I end up with the mauve cabinet in the front passenger seat?
As I was cruising at a high altitude speed, a car coming toward me kicked something up in the air.
Came down under my car.
I drifted over until I was half off the road.
This iron rod was the culprit.
It is seven inches long!
The hottest day so far this year - 93F in the shade.
Swamp on the left of me.
Swamp on the right of me.
I waited for over an hour.
Thank goodness for AAA who figured out where I was. (There are few landmarks on this stretch of highway.)
Thank you, Phillips Towing (Ruffin, SC) and Benny for finding me and changing the tire.
I had to move the pink cabinet to the front seat so the flat tire would fit in the back of the truck.
The tire was gone and the others needed to be replaced.
I hope all that load will pay for a new set of tires!
(This was the first blow-out I have ever had.)