Playground Rules

Remember recess? Yard duties? Not getting them involved meant every kid had to play by the rules: no take backs, no do overs, over unders, etc. Whether it was tether ball or handball, each player at recess understood success on the playground meant abiding by the overarching rules, and using them to win the game and maintain peace among your peers. And now, in adulthood, we have applied these rules to life. They’re principles to live by, and they matured right alongside us, too—we now refer to them by their ‘adult’ name, etiquette. They allow us to walk into new situations and make friends instead of enemies, and win favor with our peers. It’s how we win at the game of life, whether it be at work, at a restaurant, or at home.

Sometimes rules, posted at many establishments, just feel so formal, so cold. Oftentimes they seem less like a way to keep friendly and more like a yard duty, whistle in mouth, storming in your direction. We still want to play, and we want to play nice—and cultivate a way, as a store, to communicate to our peers, aka customers, these are the ways to keep having fun together. And so, the inspiration for our new policy sign.

No Take Backs, No Do Overs

“Indian giver!” is a label no one wants to wear or hear—it’s better to give freely and to buy certainly, no matter how badly you wish you had it back. We love a good find, and we show up early and drive far to get the best to bring home for our friends. Once an item is sold, we want to get back out there and restock with more greatness and keep our inventory looking fresh. But All Sales Final shouted on the playground would be met with a cocked head and confused stare, and eventually would move you along to a different game with new kids. No Take Backs & No Do Overs keeps it simple, and fair.

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No Wheelie Dealies

Yes, when you show up to the swap meet or estate sale, you have a little wiggle room on how many dollars you shell out for that Eames style (perhaps bonafide *fingers crossed*) chair, especially if the seller is not versed on going rates for vintage. We know, because that’s what we do. And we know what we have, and we value each item individually based on condition, rarity, and demand—and how much time and effort it took to hand pick and merchandise the store for easy shoppin’. Our price tags are not suggested, they are firm—and if we get a deal, we pass it on to you. Sometimes, rules are rules, for the sake of ease and efficiently—let’s not waste our time on the back-and-forth discussion when we could be playing. No wheelie dealies, let’s just play the game. Or let’s talk about life, the real stuff—we’ll brew some tea.