It wasn’t supposed to be 66 degrees and sunny
It’s always a nice surprise when you see fluffy white clouds and blue skies instead of the rain that was originally forecast. A day not to be wasted, for sure.
The local alt-weekly recently published its annual “Best of Skagit” edition, and the Value Village in Mount Vernon was proclaimed “Best Thrift Store.” It’s better than the one in Bellingham, said the reviewer.
I guess I need to check it out.
That’s what’s nice about a scooter: when the price of gas is above four bucks a gallon, something that gets 75 mpg or better means you can go somewhere just for the hell of it.
Off we went, the GTS and I, down the twisties of Chuckanut Drive to the valley floor. I had to keep reminding myself not to turn right at Bow-Edison Road; I’d continue straight to Burlington.
Straight it is, at approximately a 45-degree angle. The alpacas were out grazing, as were the cows and the horses.
There wasn’t a safe place to park to photograph the alpacas. The alpaca ranch offers tours, so one day I’ll have to do that.
Chuckanut drive ends at a newly-constructed roundabout. It’s pretty slick, with one corner an entrance to southbound I-5. The state of Washington is going for roundabouts just about everywhere outside Seattle.
You negotiate a couple more roundabouts in Burlington before crossing the bridge to Mount Vernon. Value Village isn’t right out next to the main drag, so it might be a bit tough to find if you’ve never been there. The nav app on the iPhone was helpful here.
Somewhere, I heard someone refer to items like those above as “dustcatchers.” Value Village prices them very reasonably.
The store walls are covered with odd items in plastic bags. Again, quite reasonably priced, but rather random in selection.
I don’t know if it’s a company rule, but every time I go to Value Village the t-shirts and sweaters are arranged very carefully by color, and by shades of color, from one end of the visible spectrum to the other.
The store in Mount Vernon is larger than the one in Bellingham, though the Bellingham store is preparing to move to one of the other buildings in the ghost mall out back. But it didn’t seem to have a better selection of merchandise, at least not enough to justify a special trip. OTOH, there are two other thrift stores in the same building, so a thrift-store expedition can be quite productive. And that seems to be the key to uncovering the screamin’ bargains. I’m still getting used to thrift-store shopping.
But I don’t need anything at the moment, so after filling the GTS’ gas tank ($4.299, a full 20 cents cheaper than in the ‘Ham), I headed for home.
But not without stopping to take in the view on Chuckanut Drive.