I love Goodwill.
My Major League Baseball cap collection is up to 24 of the 30 teams. One of the six I'm missing is the Kansas City Royals. So when I booked a series of speaking engagements at the Mid-Continent public library in KC, I made sure to visit a WalMart, eager to add to my collection.
WalMart typically sells caps for $9.47 - a reasonable price for MLB apparel. I bought a Tampa Bay Rays cap at a WalMart in Tampa last February, and Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies caps at WalMarts in Pennsylvania in April. But this KC WalMart, though well-stocked with caps for Kansas University, Kansas State University, and the Kansas City Chiefs, had NO Kansas City Royals caps.
Maybe the St. Louis Cardinals actually ARE the official team of Missouri...
But that's not unheard of - I had the same problem finding a Philadelphia-area WalMart that sold Phillies hats. WalMart's strength is its low prices, not its selection.
So I tried another KC-area WalMart. And this second store had an abundance of paraphernalia. They had Royals t-shirts and jersey, even pajama pants...
...and a whole shelf full of 5-gallon Royals buckets...
...but a measly selection of Royals caps. They had some "2015 American League Champion" ones, and "2015 World Series Champion" ones, but I just wanted a plain Royals cap - something like what the team actually wears during games. But they didn't have 'em.
So I went to the more reliable Target, which did have what I was looking for, but at a price of $17.99. When I lived in Boston, I splurged and bought a Red Sox cap for $18. But I'm not about to spend that again - especially for a cap nowhere near as nice as my Sox one.
Okay, how about an Authority Sporting Goods store? They might have a reasonably-priced Royals cap. Nope! They wanted $34.99 - almost as much as that $40 Dallas Cowboys cap I saw when I toured AT&T Stadium in Dallas last March!
It made me wonder if there's some behind-the-scenes business deal with the team that results in Royals caps sold at higher prices than most other MLB teams' caps...? That seems unlikely, but it would fit the circumstances, and it forced me to seek out thrift stores.
Savers is by far my favorite. Their prices are higher than other thrift stores, but their selection and organization are worth the extra couple of bucks. I found two Savers nearby, so I stopped at both. And while I found several items including a new backpack, a pair of white slacks, a nice blue shirt, and several DVDs, I didn't find a Royals cap.
Nor could I find one at a local Salvation Army.
Then I stopped at Goodwill. And there, hanging on the $0.99 rack, was this guy:
It's a little juvenile with its highlighter-yellow brim, but for that price I can deal with it!
My MLB cap collection is now up to 25 of the 30 teams.
I drive from KC to Springfield, MO this afternoon to deliver three more presentations, the first of which will be the debut of a new program tomorrow afternoon:
Monday, 12 September 2016, noon - 1:00 p.m.
Music at the Ozarks: University Plaza Hotel, 333 S John Q Hammons Pkwy, Springfield, MO
The Beatles in Missouri
The Beatles performed just twice in Missouri (in Kansas City on 17 September 1964, and in St. Louis on 21 August 1966), but those two concerts were particularly noteworthy. This 45-minute presentation will consider both shows, as well as their 1964 stay at Pigman Ranch, to illustrate how and why The Beatles' time in Missouri helped shape the band's history.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.