T.A.H. is a fan of True Value hardware stores as they maintain a bit of “character.” Rankins is owned by a couple fellas T.A.H. went to high school with so when Wal-Mart and Home Depot came to town, we made a conscious effort to support the locals even if things did cost a little bit more.
So there we were in Rankins buying some extra knee, thigh and hip pads for FYF Colt Toly Hansbrough (can’t get those at Wal-Mart or Home Depot for the record), and there it was… It was right on the top shelf (where it should have been) elevated above the out-of-date baseball gloves, bats, soccer shin guards and lacrosse helmets. (Which begs the question, do you want your kid to play lacrosse in a helmet that you got from the clearance bin, but we digress.)
Right there on the top shelf smiling at us was none other than Michael Vick. There was a time when Vick merchandise was a big seller. In fact, when the dog fighting story first broke, we happened to be shopping for a practice jersey for multi-sport superstar and future University of North Carolina All-American Toly Hansbrough, when we first saw the Vick jerseys – a whole rack of them. We wondered then if the market for these items would collapse and it did.
But this one leftover Super Soft Felt Inflated Sponge Cover “Foam-posite” football and #7 Youth Football Practice Jersey remained behind miraculously surviving 23 months in jail and a luke warm NFL reinstatement!
Eureka! A bloody gold mine! (No pun intended).
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