Treasures from the Thrift Shop

(Originally posted: January 16, 2016)

BRONX, NY- Okay so here is a small confession; I got my dad and Alondra’s holiday gifts from a thrift shop. There, I said it. And? The thrift shop is a great place to find things of value for a cheap price. You’d be surprised by the things you find in there. My allergies to dust limit my visits to the two I have discovered here in the Bronx.

Last year, Alondra found this Christmas Garfield plush toy and got it for me. It’s still on my bed. This year I decided to return the favor and see what I can find for her. Guess what I found in the toy section? An Etch-A-Sketch! A fully working one too. Alondra had always wanted one, but there are not many places that sell them anymore. If they do then it’s really expensive. So I got her the Etch-A-Sketch as a Three Kings Day gift.

Garfield and Odie

Garfield and Odie

Etch-A- Sketch

Etch-A- Sketch

A few shelves away from where I located the Etch-A-Sketch, I found Papi’s Christmas gift. It’s a 2010 Hess Truck. The lights work perfectly and so does the take off ramp. Papi had wanted a Hess truck since he was a kid. I made his childhood wish come true. I did not find the jet that came with it, but I did find a Hess car that goes with the colors.

Hess Truck

Hess Truck

Papi and Alondra’s faces lit up when they opened their gifts. My dad could not believe I got him the HESS truck. He is still a little kid inside. I would like to remind everyone that it’s not about how much the gift is worth, but what it means to the person you are giving it to.

Happy Holidays!

Photos by: Rosa Elena Burgos.

Last Updated: July 31, 2019