hey could you recommend some of your favorite thrift shops in Massachusetts or NH?
For weird, any Savers. I find they have the strangest stuff on the shelves. I’m especially fond of the one in Natick and Worcester.
For unique, try Boomerangs, there are a few of them in the Boston area that I know of. A little pricier than other shops but you can find some truly unusual stuff there. All proceeds go to fight AIDS.
For deals on good, new clothes, I love St. Anne’s thrift store in Shrewsbury, MA. The churchgoers donate a lot of really nice stuff and the prices are generally reasonable. Go on a Wednesday to get first dibs. They have a lot of books and handmade items donated too, like quilts and such. They’re only open Wed, Thurs, and Sat.
Samwell, Massachusetts is a Weird College Town, there’s no denying that. So of course, there’s a Facebook group called “MAN!!! LOOK WHAT I FOUND IN A SAMWELL MASSACHUSETTS ALLEY!!!!!” where half the posts don’t even take place in alleyways, but whatever.
You have to get permission from a John Johnson to join the group and for some it takes days to weeks to get verified, some more seconds. But afterwards, you get all Keep Samwell Weird content you desire.
Posts include, but are not limited to:
The current state of the Samwell Wishing Bench. Though Samwell University’s motto is “Drink deeply form knowledge’s well” and the mascot is literally a well, it was determined sometime long, long ago that the only wells in Samwell, MA are to be on the University campus and in front of city hall. That’s it. In the late 90s, when the murder occurred at the Murder Stop & Shop, the bus that stopped right across the street from it…just stopped showing up there. However, there was still a bus stop bench that has since been converted into the Samwell Wishing Bench, because we can’t have Wells. It is covered in streamers and has a solar panel attached to it. Please sit down and make a wish!
A tree growing out of a chimney. It may just be positioned right behind the chimney, but for all intents and purposes, the building has sprouted one pine tree. Everyone is proud.
Many delivery doors from Downtown Samwell.
The photo was taken at night, a faded yellow porch light lights the back, as does a neon purple glow. A small chalkboard sign sits in the middle of a sidewalk, propped on an easel. FREE HOTDOGS (on the patio). That last part is squeezed into a corner of the board. There are no hot dogs visible in the photo.
Julio, bartender extoridnaire at Tankard’s (“The Tank” to college students), setting up a chair outside The Tank getting a haircut. Nice!
Flowers! Many flowers!
Many baby animals and concerned commenters. What is to happen to these baby moles and possums? There was once a petting zoo held at the park gazebo! Many baby animals.
A single puzzle piece on the ground.
Posted from outside one of the local pizza places, there’s an incredibly zoomed in photo: there’s a life-sized mannequin of Abe Lincoln in the car next to them. Abe is strapped in. Safety first!
And of course, walls tagged with “Dick-a-saurus”. Apparently, this is Dick-a-saurus #4.
She’s little and yellow and only a hen, but there are four big geese on the farm of Edgar E. Rich, at Eastham, Mass., who think the world of her. She brought them up from the egg, and puzzling infants they were, too. They grew so fast she couldn’t quite figure it out. And she tried so hard to keep them from going in the water - but they just would! It’s a familiar sight to see the four geese walking about with their adopted mother, honking loudly in apparent answer to her clucks. They’re a devoted family.
arkansas - not pronounced ‘ar-kansas’ which really pisses me off
california - honestly what isnt california known for
colorado - when i was younger i thought colorado was weird because it snowed there but it wasnt up north
connecticut - one of the original 13 states. thats about it
delaware - no sales tax
florida - shaped like a dick, full of old people
georgia - they do stuff but i dont know what kind of specific stuff
hawaii - every middle aged white person’s dream. farther from the us than i always think it is
idaho - potatoes. shaped weird
illinois - my parents lived there. there was a bad tornado there once that my mom always talks about
indiana - my sister lived there once. not much else
iowa - very important state for voting
kansas - the wizard of oz. thats about it
kentucky - fried chicken
lousiana - shaped like a boot
maine - i dont know much about maine but no one probably lives there
maryland - i always assume old people live here too because my grandparents live there but who knows
massachusetts - has that weird tail shape on the east
michigan - when i had one of those old leap pad devices i had a book that included a map of the u.s. and you used the pen to press something and it would tell you something about it. when i pressed both parts of michigan they both said michigan and i was really confused and pissed off. fuck you michigan
minnesota - probably cold
mississippi - also racist. good state for counting
missouri - knockoff mississippi
montana - hannah montana. thats about it
nebraska - doesn’t exist
nevada - las vegas and new vegas
new hampshire - hamsters
new jersey - ive heard it smells weird but im not sure about that
new mexico - also probably has aliens
new york - see california
north carolina - pretty sure everyone and their mom has been to the outer banks according to my school
north dakota - who cares
ohio - corn
oklahoma - shaped like a pot
oregon - full of hipsters
pennsylvania - i live here
rhode island - not a fucking island
south carolina - who cares
south dakota - has the mountain with peoples faces on it i think
tennessee - country music even though it’s not that much in the south
texas - [puts a picture of the statue of liberty on top of a bible] “i’m gonna fuck that”
utah - mormons
vermont - shaped like a v
virginia - more like VIRGIN lmao owned
washington - if the state of washington were a human it would be constantly overshadowed by its more popular predecessor, washington d.c.
west virginia - because we wanted east to be the only direction left out of our states
The guy that wrote Weird Massachusetts (as well as many many other awesome books is having a book signing and just a “weird evening”! It’s on July 28th at 6:30pm at the Franklin Public Library in Southbridge, MA. Anyone else going?