At Buck & Awesome, we sold the stuff they couldn’t sell elsewhere. We still sell 2016 calendars, even though we’re four months into the year. We sell generic breakfast cereals. Pumpkin spice Pop Tarts when it wasn’t pumpkin spice season. The superhero toys that sort of look like Marvel Avengers, but the package said, “Marvelous Adventurers.” Disney Frozen hairbrushes that were just regular hairbrushes with a Frozen sticker on it. I guess you can get little girls to sit still and have their hair brushed if Elsa’s face is on it. At least until the sticker fades and falls off.
And people came from all over to buy our stuff. Things that seemed worthless at full price suddenly seemed worthwhile for a dollar.
If we had places like this in Orange County, I didn’t know about them. Mom and Steven thought they were too good even for Target. “Tar-zhey,” they called it with a sneer. Walmart would make them break out in hives. Macy’s was as cheap as they would go.
But when I realized I was stuck in Reseda, I knew I had to get a job. Buck & Awesome hired me on the spot. It was the first job I ever had.
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