Honoring Community advocates
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 1/17/2013, 1:14 p.m.
"How much is that dolly in the window?" is the question I asked after spotting the cutest doll ever in the window of Goodwill, located on 135th Street and Fifth Avenue. "Items in the window are only sold on Saturdays. Doors open at 9 a.m.," I was informed. "What is the purpose of this?" I replied, only to be told, "It's to give everyone a chance to make a purchase." Hmm, sounds more bureaucratic than fair to me, and I didn't like the sound of that at all. However, mother that I am, I resolved to awaken at 7 a.m., on a Saturday, hoping to get a head start on the line I'm sure would form.
Hard as I tried, it wasn't hard enough, as when I got there at 8:15--doll or no doll, I wasn't going anywhere without first having a cup of coffee--the line had already formed, and it didn't look good. One thing I can say is, the doors did open at 9 a.m., but that's about all I can say. People were there--some with shopping carts, others in their pajamas, some since 4 in the morning.
Tickets were handed to each person on line, even those under the age of 10. This was getting crazier by the minute, especially when I overheard that some people were there not because they had their eye on a piece all week and really wanted it; no, they were just there for the fun of it, and some not even from the neighborhood. While waiting my turn to enter, I watched through the window as two ladies actually fought over an imitation leather pocketbook. I was even sadder when I saw someone purchase the doll. It was an Isabella Doll, and I have to admit, she was charming. Oh well, mommy tried.
The whole thing just seemed so ridiculous to me. Goodwill is open seven days a week until 8 p.m. That certainly seems like enough time for anyone who wants a chance to buy something, to come in and buy the item they desire. Instead, Goodwill chooses to make a game out of it whereby we were lucky things didn't get ugly.
I would like to practice a little good will myself, if I may. I have a couple of really good LSAT prep books for anyone who is about to take the law school entrance exam. I tried to give them to the 124th Street public library, where at one time they were trying to develop a law section. Unfortunately, I learned that the libraries are no longer able to accept books as a donation (more bureaucracy that I don't understand). To anyone interested in obtaining them, they are free! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for pick-up.
Until next week ... kisses.