By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist
While mother and daddy were in seminary, the family budget was tight. So frugality was a word we lived by.
Early on, I became familiar with thrift shops and the exciting bargain basement at the Macy’s department store in Kansas City.
One time mother bought an old sofa at a thrift store. The couch looked terrible but had possibilities. It needed new fabric. The money wasn’t there to have it professionally upholstered so that’s when mother enrolled in the upholstery class that was free at the downtown YMCA in Kansas City.
So once a week on Thursdays, mother packed a sack lunch and Susie and I would accompany her to the downtown YMCA.