April 20th, 2011 9:00 PM
There's a store on 33rd and Hawthorne called House of Vintage and it is the most ridiculously large store I have ever been inside, but in a weird way. It's probably not that big, but it's a maze of closely set racks, piled and tipping furniture, heaps and mounds of out-of-style heels, and mountains of excessively large cowboy boots. To make it all so much more confusing, it's made up of many rooms connected to each other by doors and hallways lined with shelves that are stacked with dusty dishes and oil lamps. Some of the doors and entryways are blocked, so you have to find another way around, and you never know where you are going to end up, or whether you can find your way back to the same exit you came in through. It's actually like a hoarder's dream come true, and I've heard that it is the easiest place in the world to shoplift from, because nobody knows where you are, where you have been, or what was in the store previously that isn't now. I'm pretty sure I haven't even made it through all the rooms yet, although I have spent several hours in there, spread out over three trips.
So basically, my thought was that, if they don't know what they have there, how could it hurt to put something else in? A friend actually gave me this idea, saying: "Even if you shoplifted something from here and it didn't fit, you could always just bring it back and put it where you found it and nobody would ever know it was gone."
I decided to just take a piece of clothing that I don't wear anymore, or a pair of shoes, and just throw it in somewhere among all the other madness with a pricetag on it.
Much Time Later
It took me forever to finish this task with school stuff and such going on, but I did finish it eventually. I took in a soft, actually somewhat vintagey looking tshirt with a cool old nike logo on it. I just used one of those little round stickers that people use for garage sales, and I wrote $3 on it. I then took it into the store and put in on a hanger that was empty and left it there. When I went back the next week to check on it, however, it was gone! Someone bought it!(or shoplifted it). Mission accomplished!