It was a beautiful Pittsburgh afternoon; I had just left my Wife and Daughter after an enjoyable visit, and I decided to stop at my favorite Thrift Store. This Thrift Store (St. Vincent De Paul) is not too perfect like some Thrift Stores, not too cluttered like other Thrift Stores, just the perfect thrift store with interesting items every time I visit and frequent half-off sales. All Green labels were half off on during my visit but I only managed to find three blue labels to purchase.
Anyway, as soon as I entered the store, I headed over to the collectibles/knick knack/Christmas area and spotted the most beautiful red fire engine pedal car I had ever seen. I had a fire truck pedal car as a child but mine was a 1960â€™s model and this one appeared to be a model from the 1950â€™s. The patina was outstanding, the pedal function and steering seemed to work fine, the only newer touch seemed to be a new hose and hose reel mounted on the back. $175!!!! The Fire Truck called to me, the price seemed good actually but I just could not justify the purchase. I walked the aisles, had a conversation with a lady about the Fire Truck, she told me to GO GET IT or someone might grab it. I said, that might be a blessing, the fates telling me it was not to be. But then I remembered my coin glass catastrophe. On a much earlier visit, there were three examples of Fostoria Coin Glass on display and I grabbed only one. Ten minutes after grabbing the one, I went back for the other two and they were GONE. So having remembered that painful incident, I circled back to the Fire Truck again, touched it, ogled it actually, and finally walked away. My Daughter has just started Orthodontia and I thought $175 was too indulgent.
On the plus side, I did pick up a great 8X10 frame for my autographed Famke Jannsen X-Men photo and two spoon holders, one for Lisa, one for Mom. OH, and I received both the Washington Delaware and Tuskegee Quarters in change when I checked out. A great day before Fatherâ€™s Day!!!!! But if that Fire Truck is still there on Tuesdayâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦