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‘Gently used’ items alright with Aldean

We K99.1FM personalities recently shot a TV commercial in Dayton at the Cox Ohio radio ranch with a bunch of our faithful listeners. My morning partner, Frye Guy, and I were excited, although I was apprehensive at first. I’ve been on camera before, but, as the old saying goes among those of us who work behind the microphone, we have “faces for radio.”

As I was freaking out about what to wear, Frye quickly found this great Western type shirt, kind of Jason Aldean-y, and — bam — he’s done. I search the Internet, I search the malls, I search all my favorite haunts and eventually find something at Walmart. You may remember, I’m a big fan.

Turns out, I’m the one who has something more in common with Jason Aldean than Frye does. Jason recently told CMT Radio he heads to the land of falling prices to buy his bling. He says he got into that habit during his pre-fame years and has continued to go to Wally World for his accessories — which just makes me heart him even more.

But you want to know where he gets that button-shirted Western look and cowboy hat he’s known for onstage? Would you believe ebay? Yup. He claims he goes for “gently used” items on eBay as opposed to new swag.

“I’m an ebay king. That’s where I shop. I actually hate buying new clothes that are all crispy,” he said. “I’d much rather have something that somebody’s been wearing for about 10 years.”

Interesting isn’t it? Because when you think about it, buying something sight unseen (other than pictures) online that’s been “gently used” is a risk. Chances are, “crispy” make take on a whole new meaning, know what I mean?

But to put things in perspective, I have been honored to have served lunch at the House of Bread several times, a place that provides hot meals and friendship to people going through tough times. Folks who come there often rely on the generosity of others not only for food but also their wardrobes.

You know the old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” It’s a gentle reminder that things you no longer need can gain new life by helping those less fortunate or you can just put them on ebay and they can gain a whole new status — on stage with a big time country star.

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