Monday, February 25, 2008

I couldn't resist...

stopping by the thrift store with it's $5/bag sign displayed in the front window. Textile junkie that I am, I headed straight to the linens section and filled, ahem, overfilled the shopping basket. Look what I found!

Now, when I got to the counter I found out that the sale price was for clothing items only. Oooops!
The sweet grandmother at the counter said that she could make me a deal rather than charging me full price. She named her price and I countered it. Um... 4 times. I did offer to return some of the items to the shelves as I wasn't sure we were going to agree on a price.
She hovered over the collection like a mother hen protecting her chicks, shaking her head. "No, there was no need to return any items to the shelf," she said, there's too much on the shelves and she'd rather I take what now lay on her counter.
Finally, after much price dropping (in my defense this store overprices the linens 2-4 times what I pay at other local thriftstores, so I felt quite secure in negotiating a lower price), she asked, "Just what would you be willing to pay?" I named my price. Sighing with resignation, she bagged everything up and made me promise not to tell anyone what I paid. My lips are sealed, but I can at least show you what I got. ;o)

17 comments:

  1. We have an overpriced thrift store in our town too, and i only shop there on sale days. Some of their prices are equal to Walmarts brand new prices!

    Cute stack of linens!

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  2. good job on bargaining!!! they are pretty. what are you planning on doing with them?m

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  3. Can't wait to see what you do with them!

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  4. You are hilarious!! I can just see you at the counter dickering with the woman there. (I hope you are going to tell me what you paid) ;-) I can't wait to see what you make too.

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  5. And I'd like to know which thrift store it was!

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  6. You lucky lady! I seldom happen up on great textiles when I go to my local thrift shops, but the few times I have I've found the prices to be much too high.

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  7. A ruthless thrifter! I love it!! These are gorgeous! ;)

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  8. I got some chennile quilts last week.....terrific find

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  9. This is hilarious indeed. I Need to find me a good thrift store too. I always bring things, I never have looked what they have to sell.

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  10. I'm not a real hand at dickering, really. I think the main reason I got a deal was that their stock isn't being depleted very noticeably. The lady was determined that I was leaving with all that I'd hauled off the shelves. I'd gladly take more if I knew that I could get such a good deal there again. The woman did look at me and mention something about praying for me. Huh? What did I do wrong?

    Hope to have something made soon to share with you. Busy laundering all those finds before the scissors can get started...

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  11. My goodness! You really struck a good deal there :) Now what will you be turning those pretties into?

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  12. Sounds like you made a great deal, that feels nice....doesn't it!

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  13. Wow, what great finds! I think of summer sundresses when I see that medium blue floral - I rarely find fabric I can use for things at my thrift shops, I think I need to find more shops though! You are ruthless with your bargaining! I almost never try to negotiate... I don't do well with confrontation. Ha ha!

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  14. Wow! You have been making some pretty things. I never seem to find linens at our local op shops.

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  15. Great finds! I will be watching to see what you make out of these beauties!

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  16. Ooooh, you hit the jackpot! What a great find!

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