When a Bargain Isn’t a Bargain

My "bargain" Crocs

Last Friday on my occasional stop at my favorite thrift shop, I came across this pair of girls pink Mammoth Crocs in fairly good condition. They needed some cleaning, but for $.49, I was already imagining how well they would do on eBay. If you’ve bought this style of Crocs recently you know that they can run around $30 retail.

Because of the huge upside potential, I made sure to scrub the exterior of the shoes well and to wash the removable liners (twice) in bleach. They looked pretty spiffy as I dried them off and started to re-insert the liners.

However, as I wrestled with those darn fleece liners, I noticed that the two shoes were different sizes. Only one size difference, but they were not the same. Sigh.

So the lesson I learned the hard way is that just because a thrift shop has rubber-banded a pair of shoes together does not guarantee they are a matched pair.



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