Fat Cat In Pigeon Park’s Pawnshop

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Marie and I went for walk today after lunching at the newly re-opened Save-On-Meats. Our general goal was to head towards the Strathcona community gardens to see if the roses had bloomed. Along the way we passed Hastings Secondhand Goods, a pawnshop at Pigeon Park on the corner of Hastings and Carrall Street.

Zoe: In all my life I’ve never been inside, you wanna go in?

Mare: Sure!

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I’m no expert at pawnshops but it seemed like this store had an unusually diverse selection of goods: appliances, TVs, instruments, tools, work boots, dishes, paperback novels, stuffed animals, games (including a pink mah jong set), and much more.

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We encountered a long-haired fat cat in the aisle of household goods.

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He looked like a feral raccoon to me but he was friendly, and humoured us briefly.

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Then suddenly, and much to our amusement, he turned, scratched the hell out of the shelves, and ran away.

I have been curious about the Hastings Secondhand Goods pawnshop for a long time.  It’s in an old building and from the entrance, the shop looks mysterious, like a cavernous attic packed with musty old things. I’m glad to have finally gone inside, and I recommend that you stop by soon too because you just never know, it might disappear one day, and you’ll be left with a curious itch forever.

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