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Jul082011

Day 19: Everybody loves a chalice and my plea to Tina Fey.

I was so sad to leave Boulder, where I wish I'd had more time to poke around. But as this trip goes, it's back to another marathon driving session, followed by marathon documenting session-- then back to sitting and driving a marathon to the next city-- rinse, repeat.

I started the day in Boulder, where I grabbed a much-longed-for Razzmatazz Jamba for breakfast-- thanks to my generous mom-in-law Pat's stack of gift cards. (Thanks, Pat!) I had a serious Jamba addiction about 11 years ago when I was an intern in Utah. I went so often the employees knew me and gave me free Jamba swag. It got to be a bit of a problem actually. Luckily I live where they aren't as readily available anymore.

A cool store and a unique cause!So down to Denver I went. On the way to my meeting time with Goodwill®, I drove past a thrift store called Safari Seconds.  The name alone was enough to make me hit the brakes and take a look. Inside I found an inviting store full of smiles, ethnic art and handmade goods for sale near the door. In the back among the racks is a small setup of computers for training. Talking to some of the staff, I came to learn that the store generates funds from donations for a refugee employment training program that helps refugees recover from trauma and gain self-sufficiency.  The store itself is run by some of the people it helps and it's an amazing thing to see.  I wanted so badly to take some photos but their point-person wasn't available and time was tight.  If you get a chance to stop in, I'd definitely recommend it.  

Back in HaRVey, I headed to the South Broadway Goodwill® store to meet a local thrift blogger DeeAnna who writes  A Little Junk In My Trunk.  We bonded over the thrill of the hunt and a pair of orange pumps (her size, darn!).  DeeAnna got into thrifting while recovering from a serious injury, simply because she needed a project to keep her busy. Like a lot of people, she walked in and got totally hooked.  We chatted a little bit about the environmental benefits and the idea of thrift stores as a cultural landscape. I love meeting kindred spirits like DeeAnna. It's the people like her who make this trip so much fun.  

......and it can be YOURS! We did a short video portrait of DeeAnna and Ed helped me find some awesome stuff to photograph, including a PIMP chalice that I just couldn't pass up.  It's now for sale in the store to help continue to feed HaRVey's seemingly endless thirst for unleaded. Take a look!

The Goodwill® store on Broadway itself is nestled along trendy businesses, restaurants and a really craftacular fabric store that I long to live near (sigh). The thrift store's windows are big and bright and the place has the feel of a refurbished old department store, complete with metal ceiling tiles, original wood floors and white columns that give it a grandiose feel. 

I bumped into Matthew, who had just dropped off some donations with a friend.  They came inside on a whim-- neither of them are thrifters they say-- and found probably the most exciting thing a twenthysomething young man could find. A revolving liquor dispenser. They were obviously excited by their find and I'm sure they'll be putting it to good use very soon. And I hope they'll come back again next time they donate!

I also picked up a Second City t-shirt, which gave me an idea for a new-- second hand SIDE mission.  I want Tina Fey to buy this shirt to help support the second hand documentary project.  

I know she got her start at Second City in Chicago, where this shirt is from and where I'll be here in a few days, and while I know she'd probably be swimming in this shirt because it's so big, I would be so honored if my clever hero actually DID buy it!

Dear Tina,

You are awesome. You are clever. And you should totally buy this t-shirt to support my project!

Isnt' it cool that a GREEN Second City t-shirt appeared in a Goodwill® SECOND HAND STORE while I'm on a trip to promote second-hand living?  I KNOW, right?!

And because I know you're a lady with a lot of smarts and a desire to help the envronment, I know you'd totally appreciate the mission I'm on right now to educate people about SECOND hand shopping!

So, Tina, I have your t-shirt.  It's riding around in HaRVey with me right now but it really should be yours. You look fabulous in green. I think. Most people do anyway, so you probably would too. 

I'll take whatever you want to offer for it. Or not.

Whatevs.

I just think you're awesome. And so is thrifting.

Your clever sister in crime,

Jenna

C'mon, Tina. You know you want it! Wait...what? You don't? ok.So after our awesome chalice and t-shirt purchase in Denver, it was time to take Ed to the airport for his flight back to DC. We hit a nasty, NASTY thunderstorm that caused flash floods. For a minute there I thought I might just float to Omaha! (....hmmmm...that could actually save gas money.....)

After about an hour of white-knuckle driving and a bit of a panic at what I thought was a tornado siren going off, he was at the curb waving goodbye. Suddenly the trip feels a little more lonely with my cook and co-pilot gone.  Time to go feral again-- living on popcorn and banana yogurt.

Driving for the first time without a co-pilot through the northeastern corner of Colorado was eerily quiet. The skies cleared and the prairie looked like green velvet laid out for miles. Driving this RV makes me feel a little bit like Jack Nicholson's character in About Schmidt.  Like Warren in the movie, I am a determined driver on the highways of Nebraska, alone in a big can of an RV. While I don't have any Hummels, I can almost picture his on my roof as I do a quick U-turn to get to the gas station across the street with the cheaper prices. 

So it's just me, HaRVey and the creepy kids for a while. I leave you tonight somewhere just into Nebraska where I'm literally parked right between a semi and a cattle pen for the night.  As I exit the mountain states and enter the cultural midwestern landscape of my childhood, I'm curious to look at thirft stores here with fresh eyes and ears.  I can already smell the Husker merchandise that awaits me.

On an awesome note, I found out recently that the project was featured on Thrift Store Confidential a few days ago and --just today-- that the project has been featured in the July edition of Living Green Magazine! Check it out!  

Tomorrow-- OMAHA!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (4)

Hey Jenna!

Omaha Goodwill is ready for you, HaRVey AND the creepy kids!!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKris Pachunka

You should post your plea to Tina on the 30 Rock Facebook page. I'm loving your travels and I can't wait to see the finished documentary.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermonogirl

DeeAnna definitely took you to the nicest Goodwill in Denver--the others are dumpy, disorganized and dirty, I'm sorry to say. I wish they were all nice like the Broadway store! I will have to check out Safari Seconds--sounds like a great store with a great mission!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Hi I just found your site and look forward to reading more. I love the idea and what a great way to do a road trip. I too am a lover of thrifting and I blog at www.re-ublog.com
-JoAnna

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoAnna

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