I stopped by one of Omaha's largest consignment sales twice last week -- on opening day and again on the final day when most items are half off. Basically, they are giant garage sales filled with nothing but children's things.
They're generally great.
This year was no exception. On Saturday, for example, I got 17 articles of clothing for $25. Great.
So I brought one of my reusable bags to the sale to put items in as I went along, and when I checked out I assumed I could put my things back in there after the price tags had been removed.
Two junior high-age girls were helping me and when one reached for a plastic bag, I said, "Oh, I've got my own bag."
She sort of paused and looked at her friend and then down at the plastic bag in her hand.
"I think we have to use this bag," she said.
No, that's ridiculous, I thought.
So I said, "Well, I'd really rather use my own bag."
And finally they gave in, warning me they'd have to tie the neon green ribbon to the handles of my bag then to prove I'd paid.
No problem, I said. And then I added, "I'm trying to save the environment by using my own bags."
And they just looked at me, blankly.