Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Craft Find

I don't think of myself as thrifty nor a cheapskate; however, I love a great deal in finding unique items and calling them my, "Treasure Find." Today was one of those days where I actually had some time to spare while I waited for my hubby to finish work, (which isn't far from where I planned go). You see, I have a son and a daughter who works at our local thrift shop so I decided to check it out as they were gonna get off soon. I did my normal routine as I walked in and started browsing the aisles hoping to find something worth more than what it's being sold for. In doing this normal routine of mine it can be a bit time consuming because I tend to do a Process of Elimination Inspection when I find something of interest. First, I need to find an item, Second, I need to lift and check to see if there's any special markings such as initials, name of a company or the year it was made, And finally, I need to determine if it's worth putting it in my cart or back on the shelf. Sometimes (and I mean that literally), I may find myself talking to an item during the inspection process 'cause I can't believe why the clerks priced something much lesser than what I thought should have been more. On this particular day, I did find a few things that weren't quite interesting yet found itself in my wagon so, I started putting those things back.

Meanwhile, my son and daughter finished work so I asked them to stand in line with my items while I returned the other stuff 'cause I changed my mind 'cause it's part of my normal routine. Anyways, as I was returning an item to the shelf and feeling defeated 'cause nothing was a great deal to me. I swear I heard someone calling my name. I looked left and right and for the life of me I couldn't see who it was. My son then walks towards me to remind me that the cashier has rung us up and waiting for me. He's telling me this 'cause I'm the one who's paying the bill. I told him I swear someone called my name in this aisle. He thought it was him. What? Oh well, as we were exiting the aisle, lo and behold! I saw colors aligned in a plastic case. I was immediately drawn to it and found myself in a mini trance. In fact, it was similar to the way Dracula would just stare at the woman (I don't know her name; nor do I care) but you know the story. It was hypnotic. I did my inspection and leaped for joy. Well...if you do crafts, you'll know what I mean. Look!

It turned out to be an Alphabet Paper Punch Set. I was so dang giddy I started telling my son all the projects I could do with this and I can't believe what they're selling it for. I was going on and on when I noticed my daughter at the register waving me to hurry 'cause the cashier had a line of customers. I ran to the register as if I won the Lottery. I felt like Charley when he got the golden ticket invitation to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. The people in line was irritated as I made my way to the register. The cashier gave me the "look." You know? The one where you wanna punch someone in the face? Yup! That's the look. I couldn't even stop smiling. You see, the price tag was for $7.99 but there was a 30% Off special (I didn't know about). In other words...I paid only $5.97 tax included. See why I couldn't stop smiling? I know how much each letter retails for at our local craft stores and I knew this was an awesome steal. Oops! I meant an awesome deal! Can't wait for my next field trip.

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