Doing it for Karma!

Home Stager with First Impressions Home Staging and Interior Redesign

Yesterday I was at our local Goodwill Store buying books for the business. I grabbed mostly larger, thicker ones and a few small ones. My last grab was a book that was a little smaller, but perfect for stacking & varying sizes, and had a pretty cover of blue and yellow, called "Mary's Message to the World".  After I loaded up as many as I could carry I went to the check out counter.

There was an elderly woman checking people out, and as soon as I put my stack of books down in front of her she gasped! She grabbed the last book I had put on my pile, "Mary's Message to the World" and cried, "I have been looking for this book for 5 years!" She was in complete shock - could not believe I had found the book right there and put it in front of her. She was completely flustered and couldn't say much other than "I can't believe it!"

I told her she could definitely keep the book, it did not have a significant meaning to me - it was purely for aesthetics. Then, she looked at me and kind of stuttered that she couldn't exactly purchase it, and "could I", "would I consider..." Then it dawned on me - she couldn't afford to buy the book - she was probably on a fixed income at her age and even what may seem like the smallest amount added up.

I respond that I would gladly purchase the book and donate it her (it was $1.49).

She just could not believe it! She hugged that book and just kept saying how she had looked so hard for it everywhere, had others looking for her, and it was nowhere - not even the internet! (Although I looked and it is on Amazon!)

She checked me out and kept getting flustered over the amount of books, then handed me the wrong receipt - it was very sweet. She apologized saying she was just excited about the book and was having trouble concentrating now. I paid for the books, wrote a little note stating that First Impressions had donated the book to her, so no one would think she was stealing.

When I left the store, I heard her talking to the next person in line, "Can you believe that? Oh my goodness, that made my day!"

It was an awesome experience!

Comments (29)

Bevin Googer
First Impressions Home Staging and Interior Redesign - Mount Pleasant, SC

Penny - It definitely did, especially because it was so unexpected!

Elaine - Thank you for reading, and believing!

Tom - You are so right! I felt bad it even took me a few seconds to think about buying it for her. I too have been on both sides, and you just never know...

Kristi - Thank you for reading also. I am glad Shell started the Karma Group, or I may have thought to share my story!


Apr 02, 2008 02:17 PM
Bevin Googer
First Impressions Home Staging and Interior Redesign - Mount Pleasant, SC
Melissa - I think we were typing at the same time! (so weird) But you are right - I didn't even think about that. It would not have happened either if the Habitat Store had been open! The world is so mysterious sometimes, clearly there is a something greater than us out there :)
Apr 02, 2008 02:19 PM
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
Is it cliche to say "paying it forward", nah...not on this forum.  Good job Bevin.  I love when you can do something like this for someone, small things can make a difference in a person's day, week, life.  You are a keeper. 
Apr 02, 2008 09:08 PM
Bevin Googer
First Impressions Home Staging and Interior Redesign - Mount Pleasant, SC
Terrylynn - Thank you so much! It is the small things isn't it? She helped me just as much as I helped her!
Apr 03, 2008 01:31 AM
Heather Chotard
In Style - Edmonton, AB

Hi Bevin,

What a great story! I shop for my books at Goodwill also. It is always nice to hear a pay it forward story. She will remember you every time she sees the book.

Good job Girl.


Apr 03, 2008 01:44 AM
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Naoma Doriguzzi - Virginia Beach, VA

That is a wonderful way to make someone's day!  She will remember you everytime she reads that book.

Apr 03, 2008 03:07 AM
Becca Briggs
Rochester, NY

There is a song about what you would do if you met Jesus, he could be the stranded man on the road, or the bag lady on the corner, it could be you met him at the check out! 


Apr 03, 2008 01:30 PM
Bevin Googer
First Impressions Home Staging and Interior Redesign - Mount Pleasant, SC

Heather - The weird part is, I usually don't! Lately I have been going to our Habitat Resale store because you can fill up a brown paper bag of books for only $2! They were closed, so I went to Goodwill! Fate...

Naoma - Thanks for reading! I am glad you enjoyed it!

Diane - I have not heard of the String Theory, but walking through walls sounds like fun! lol!

Becky - You completely gave me chills! Wow!

Apr 03, 2008 02:19 PM
Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota
Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm - Inver Grove Heights, MN

Bevin...that was WONDERFUL! I love hearing the fun and unique ways that people PAY IT FORWARD. I bet your heart is still glowing from this kind act. Way to go girl....


Apr 06, 2008 06:04 PM
Bevin Googer
First Impressions Home Staging and Interior Redesign - Mount Pleasant, SC
Beth - I am glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading! I bought more books yesterday at a our local Habitat Resale Store - but no "magic" this time... :)
Apr 08, 2008 11:35 PM
Patrice Estess
PB APPRAISALS - Kerhonkson, NY
Congrats to you Bevin...a feel good moment...I love them and grab them whenever I can...
Apr 25, 2008 02:24 AM
Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager
Great story, Bevin.  There are good people out there...including yourself...but unfortunately the people that don't do the nice thing often get the limelight, which is wrong.  I do believe in 'what goes around, comes around' so you are right, feed your Karma.  If we all could make one person's day a little nicer, the world would be a much nicer place to live in.  Thanks for sharing!
Apr 25, 2008 02:33 AM
Bevin Googer
First Impressions Home Staging and Interior Redesign - Mount Pleasant, SC

Patrice - It was a definite feel good moment and I am glad I could share it!

Abby - I agree - if everyone lived by karma, the world would be much nicer!

Apr 28, 2008 05:22 AM
Kimberley Hawley
Hawley Interiors & Staging - Caledon, ON
Hawley Interiors & Staging

Bevin, that's really sweet. Good for you. I'm now wondering what the secret was in this book that would make her so excited. I'm gonna start looking for it myself.

May 13, 2008 01:51 AM
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Bevin, it is always great when you can make some one else's day!  I definitely believe in Karma, and when you give from the heart it is already returned to you a 100 fold. Just the fact you are in a position to donate something to some one else, no matter how big or how small, and did says a ton of good things about you.

May 16, 2008 01:00 AM
Ronelle Schroeder-Hill
Vacaville, CA

Bevin I had a sweetest older lady tell me the other day, " I meet an angle everday and your it today"  I felt so awesome all day, like I really had wings, bet you did too   0:]    Fate, angels whatever it is make life so wonderful I never fight to swim upstream anymore, just go with flow...


Jun 10, 2008 04:52 PM
Marcyne Touchton
Domaine Staging - Charlotte, NC

It is so nice reading a touching, INSPIRING writeup as all I've been reading in the news had been doom and gloom. Thanks for sharing, we need more stories like that.

Also, on another note, your shows look awesome!  Would you mind sharing how you linked up the awesome realestateshows on the right hand side.  I do subscribe to it and never seen it done like that.  Thanks, M.

Oct 18, 2008 05:32 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I've had quite a number of unusual experiences surrounding books, but your story is the most heart-warming.

Oct 18, 2008 12:33 PM
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

You were meant to bring it to her, your spirit and hers intersected.  How wonderful, those kinds of things just make you feel good about things don't they?  There is a power larger than us at work in the universe and it's are you.  Nice weekend to you.

Oct 18, 2008 07:29 PM
Jo Adams
Jo Adams Properties Investment Property Specialist & Real Estate Services, LLC - Mountain Home, AR
Investment Property Specialist

Ever mind the Rule of Three... what you give out returns to thee.


Your kindness will return to you threefold.

Jan 25, 2009 01:00 PM