Thrift stores have become a popular shopping venue for many in the United States. They’re fun to prowl for quirky, quaint, and funky items on the cheap. But thrift stores seem to operate on grammar rules all their own. The language on thrift store signage is so consistent, regardless of store name or region, it strikes me as some sort of conspiratorial phenomenon.
Looking for “Ladie’s” tops? You’ve come to the right place! How about “Childrens’” clothing? Look in one aisle for “Boy’s” and another for “Girl’s,” because evidently, all these items are meant for just one boy or one girl. And of course there are cool clothes for guys in the “Mens” section. They even have “hoody’s” and “shoe’s.”
Lest you think the apostrophe is the only bane of thrift store signs, be sure to check out the “Housewears” department. And don’t forget to see if the store is currently offering any “tag sails.”