Friday, February 5, 2010

The intrepid (bargain) hunter

Today I'm celebrating several wins on the bargain-hunting front.

Bargain #1 - You know those clear plastic shoe storage boxes that a certain storage specialist shop sells for $22.95 each? Well, I discovered that Target has their own version for $12.95 for a pack of two. But today, they were marked down to $4.99. Yippee! But wait, there's more.... At the register they scanned for the rock-bottom price of $3.15.

Damn. Should have bought more than four packs. Guess where I'm going again tomorrow?

Bargain #2 - A few months ago, I was eyeing off this framed print of bamboo leaves, also at Target. I didn't buy it at the time because I had umpteen other things to spend $50 on. Today, I spotted it again, this time with a red price sticker on it. I didn't have my glasses on, so had to peer at the price for a while to be certain that it really did say $10.86. Score!

Bargain #3 - Next, I noticed a "wood carving" wall plaque, depicting a Buddha head. It's actually cast plaster or some sort of plastic resin or something, but who cares? I couldn't find a price on it anywhere, no bar code, and nothing on the shelf to indicate how much it was. I know they usually sell for $60-70.

I asked a staff member, who had to call somebody more senior to check. I made sure to point out that it had slight damage to one corner (which I can easily repair with the help of some craft supplies) and the answer came back that I could have it for $19.95. Sweet! The girl scribbled a code and the price for me to give to the checkout operator and I headed off. But that code registered a price of $6.95.

Another phone call to check, and they decided it was all too hard and I could have it for the cheaper price.

If you think Buddha's smiling, you should see my face! Who says decorating has to be expensive?


De Novo Concepts said...

Love that leafy artwork!

Sophie said...

Now that's what I call a SUCCESSFULL shopping trip!!! I'd be grinning too with those bargains.