We volunteers must adhere to the '3 hour rule'. That means that once an item has been priced and put out on the floor we must wait the requisite three hours before being able to purchase. If we were to buy any and all straight away, then what would be left for those who come in off the street hoping to find something wonderful? They'd be left with the dregs and we'd surely be on our way to going out of business.
A few weeks ago, I happened to unpack a donation that included a kitschy lamp from, I believe, the '50s. The lamp features a stylized-looking Asian woman carrying a fan & wearing flowers in her hair. Her finger nails are even painted a dark red. There are a few cosmetic issues with the body, and the harp is a bit bent, but the shade, a lovely avocado green, is in fairly good nick. I thought for sure that she'd be out the door in no time.
Boy, was I wrong! She languished in the window, being overlooked by all, until I decided today to rescue her from isolation.
She brightens up the joint nicely. Don't you think?