Monday, November 19, 2007

You know Dasher and Dancer and Master and Visa...

Ah yes, the holiday shopping has begun. What fun!

I'm not being sarcastic by the way. I love going Christmas shopping and Black Friday is my favorite day to do so. I guess I just enjoy the thrill of the chase and beating someone up for a good deal. I guess that also explains why I like yard sales and Ebay as well. I love their new advertising slogan..."shop victoriously". In my case it's more like "snipe victoriously". Yes, I'm one of those nasty snipers that will come when there are 2 seconds left in your auction and take your precious goods from you right under your nose. It's fun when I win that way, but it also sucks big time when I don't win, or when someone does it to me, but hey, that's part of the game right? You win some, you lose some.

Well, this weekend, I was on a losing streak. I was about ready to pull my hair out. First off, I was on Ebay, stalking this cute Pottery Barn Kids full/queen quilt with snowmen on it (or how Cman would say..."Sho-men"). Due to the way they had listed it, it hadn't gotten many bids and was only about $40 (normally these go for over $100). I was all ready and poised to snipe it away, but unfortunately, I miscounted the time and ended up pressing the button about 1 second too late. The auction ended at $41 dollars. F*ck!

On Saturday, I was on my way to the Harvest when I spotted a lovely yard sale on the opposite side of the road. Normally, I don't stop if it's on the opposite said (yeah, ok, who are we kidding here), but they had a cute little tikes house sitting on the grass and I wanted to see how much they wanted for it. Mind you, I've been searching for weeks now for that elusive playhouse in the stores, but no one seems to have it in stock and I don't want to shell out an extra hundred or so in shipping fees (bringing the total cost of said house to about $400...I don't think so). So I made a lovely U-turn and pulled into the yard sale.

I was with CMan, so parking and getting the stroller and child out takes a bit of time. They had a Christmas tree tent there too, so we went inside to look at the trees for a bit. I looked at all the junk they were selling for a little while and finally made my way over to the house. There was a lady there inquiring about it, so I went over to ask what the price of it was to establish interest. The guy goes "we just sold it to this lady" I said "how much were you asking for it?"....he goes "10 bucks". People...I just about died. (10 bucks versus $279.99 plus tax...cry with me for a second please).

Shopping Tip: If you see something in a yard sale (or on Black Friday for that matter)....RUN, do not walk, towards said item, jump on it and claim it as yours, even if it requires trampling people and small animals.

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Anonymous elizasmom said...

Ooh, what happened to you with the play house happened to us this summer. It was actually our neighbors' and they'd just put it out, and I didn't want to look too much like a vulture, and then about 5 minutes later it was GONE.

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