So, I went today to my local Savers (just in case you don't have Savers where you live, it's a thrift store, like Salvation Army, only a bit nicer) to drop off some donations. Every time I go near there, I always check in to see if that elusive antique sewing machine is just waiting for me to grab it. Alas, the only things I've ever seen are 1970's and 1980's Singers, usually dinged up, missing pieces, and a total mess.
Today I went back into my usual area - the furniture/appliance department. I was glancing around and I saw - on the very bottom shelf - a BLACK CASE!! In my head, I'm going OMG.....OMG.... OMG! I practically sprinted to it (yes, there were other people around, and I hoped to avoid a shoving match), dragged it out, opened the top and found - A HAM RADIO SET!!
Then I stood there laughing at myself for about 5 minutes.
There's always next time, I guess!