A couple months ago, BratzBasher and I were in Michael’s and spotted these adorable ceramic pigs in the clearance section. We each purchased one with the intent to paint them, but eventually decided that they were cute enough as is — especially since they’d already been glazed. If you know BB, you don’t have to ask which one is hers. It’s obviously the one with the chipped front foot. You see, BB has this soft spot for imperfect merchandise — cute, imperfect merchandise, that is. She’s afraid the poor things will never be bought and loved by anyone else, so she must rescue them.
So far, she’s collected:
- Cuddles — a stuffed frog with a skewed face (that actually manages to give him a quizzical rather than freakish look) and a small hole where the tag was tugged too hard
- Ellis — a stuffed giraffe whose neck crooks so far to the left that he appears to be viewing the world at a perpendicular angle to everyone else
- Daisy — her ceramic pig with the chipped foot
- Xiao-Mei– a stuffed panda whose nose was attached a little too far to the right
She’d have loads more, but I’m not made of money, you know.
The majority of us inspect our purchases carefully to find the item without flaws. We want to get our money’s worth and won’t settle for anything less than the best — perfection. We shun the broken, the torn, the stained, the irregulars. This seems perfectly reasonable in the retail sense, but how many of us apply this careful inspection to other aspects of our lives. When we’re shopping for friends, are we looking only for the brand new, picture perfect, low-no maintenance models, or do we take the time to check out the “as is” clearance section? I’m pretty sure some of my best friends found me in the bargain bin.
I’ve noticed that taking the time to get to know the people who seemed to have been knocked off the shelf and forgotten (of which I have been one) has led to some of the best friendships I have ever had. Actually, I’m usually lying there on the store floor chatting with the rest of the “rejects” and discovering that I’m rather glad to be there.