I am not embarrassed to admit that I love thrift shopping. It's an especially fun time right now to find a great selection and good deals - it's a new year and people love organizing and purging after the holidays (out with the old in with the new). Oh ya, it's a bargain and treasure hunters dream time for sure. Not that I particularly want to clutter my home with castoffs and unwanted items or anything, but if I go searching with a clear purpose and objective I can stay focused...and not go too crazy.
Last week I bought some neat stuff, like little crystal dishes for condiments (the kind grandmas always have), which happen to be perfect for a bottle of wine, and a simple yet pretty taper candle holder. When I first lit a candle in my new holder, I commented out loud that it was too bad that I only had one because it would be pretty with two and wouldn't that be fun to look for another one. Hey, you never know. But, in the meantime it would also be interesting to find different yet similar crystal candle holders of various heights and designs to make a kind of eclectic mix. Ah, a perfect excuse to hit the thrift stores again. Yea!
This past Saturday afternoon, I drop the kids off at my mom's house to spend the night. On my way home (with a big smile...freeeeeedom!), I'm thinking about my upcoming evening of the third installment of my Rodgers and Hammerstein Movie Appreciation Series (The King and I). My plan is to stop by Goodwill, then the grocery store, then home for last minute preparations. Only, I space out and find myself a few blocks past the thrift store. Damn. Do I turn around a go back, or do I keep going because time is limited? I decide to go for it and take my chances and turn around.
I head straight to the back where the housewares section is and browse up and down the isles. Then I see it. The EXACT same candle holder that matches my solo one that I bought a week ago at ANOTHER thrift shop SEVENTEEN miles away. I can't believe my eyes. How is that possible? Maybe it's some mass produced taper candle holder that people get free with a purchase of a Thanksgiving turkey? A party favor at a huge wedding that recently took place? A simple coincidence and I shouldn't even think twice about it?
I love to imagine that it's because I simply put it out there to the universe and then let it go. The thought is rather comforting, whether it's "a sign" or good karma or just really really cool. I believe this sort of stuff happens all the time, but we just don't always notice. That's why these two little candle holders are such a great reminder and symbolic of a greater picture. After all, being recently unemployed and ready to start a new chapter in my life, I need all the help I can get to figure out what the heck I am going to do.
Would l have found the matching candle holder if I never put it out there? Probably? No way? Maybe? Hummm...there is no way to know for sure. But, I do know that next time I wish for something to happen but yet it seems impossible, I will remember my set of crystal candles holders and put it right on out there.