10 August, 2009

Bargain Shopping

I lived in Connecticut for a short period of time almost ten years ago. There are a chain of stores in New England, Christmas Tree Shops, where this phrase is their registered trademark. It always made me laugh when I heard their ads on TV back then; because, in all honesty, who doesn't just love a bargain? I found a bargain of my own on the Internet this past weekend, one that found me chanting the old-familiar phrase above, complete with a Boston accent! I need new walking shoes, the need has far over taken the want on this purchase by a few months, I have literally walked the soles off of my original pair. My husband and I went shopping on Friday evening for rain jackets, we need them for our upcoming trip to Alaska, the lure of a tax free weekend for clothes and shoes was just too good to pass up. We purchased two jackets and strolled on down to the New Balance store in the same shopping center only to find the exact shoes I was looking for have been replaced by a newer, updated, model at a price of $135. I'm not saying these shoes aren't worth that, they are so wonderful and so comfortable that I would pay that amount if I had to, but, I wasn't quite willing to part with that much cash that quickly, even when saving the sales tax. I wondered if I shouldn't at least try to find them on sale somewhere else first. I decided to wait and keep my options open, I could always walk a little bit longer on my shabby-soled pair and come back if I needed to. I did some Internet sleuthing after I returned home and not only was able to locate the now-obsolete style, my favorites, for $76.99 (plus tax); but, there were no shipping charges, and the best part of this story: it was the very last pair... which just so happened to be my size! Wow, I still can't believe it.

Life is Good!
...don't you just love a bargain?...


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18 comments:

quiltkeemosabe said...

How lucky! You must be living right!

Janet said...

They must have had your name on them - just waiting for your others to wear out! Did you buy a lottery ticket too?

Mimi said...

Terrific bargain and what luck besides! You get the GOLD star for bargain shopping!!!

Hugs

Zlaty said...

Shoes are necessary I got some new sneakers myself this weekend. Enjoy them!

Zlaty

Nane said...

Yep you can always find last season's colors etc cheaper if you look. Once you find a model you like its a great way to replace worn out ones. And don't wait so long next time!

Nancy said...

Enjoyed this story and am curious about the subtle reference to upcoming Alaska trip . . . . something Himself and I have talked about for Someday.

*karendianne. said...

Oh yes, I love a bargain. I always feel so empowered somehow. And I think all the bargains we can get in prep for the trip to Alaska is well worth it. Let's make our expenditures align with our adventures, shall we?

quiltmom said...

You must have been destined to have that particular pair of shoes Debby. I have a hard time finding shoes to fit ( large wide feet) so when I find something that fits well- I often buy more than one pair. I long ago gave up shoes that have much of a heel.
Congratulations on finding yourself a great bargain. Hope the new pair fit as perfectly as the first.
Regards,
Anna

MARCIE said...

Good for you for being so patient. And you will need them with all the running around you are doing!

Trudi said...

Some things are just meant to be! Great shopping!

Carrie P. said...

I do love a bargain and I can't believe your feet were hurting you walking in those worn out shoes. Glad you got a bargain.
Alaska, huh? One day I want to go. Are you going on a cruise?

Domestic Designer said...

You are one lucky lady!

Salem Stitcher said...

Oh yeah, my best friend from high school introduced me to Christmas Tree Shops a few years ago when I visited her on Cape Cod. It was a good thing I was driving and not flying and that I had no passengers. There was barely room for me!

You definitely need new walking shoes. It's amazing you found exactly what you needed. Good things do come to those who wait!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Sweet!

Marianne Penner Design said...

Wow, those shows must have been ment for you!

Mama Spark said...

Sounds like those shoes were just meant to be yours! You must live right or something!!

OhQuilter said...

You must be training hard for Nane's Blk Mtn challenge!

Libby said...

I just saw a Christmas Tree store today . . . . I'm going to have to go in soon and have a look around *s* So glad you found a deal on your shoes - who doesn't love a bargain?