First off.....IWON $100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess my blog sponsor was holding a raffle of sort for their blogs that they sponsor ( I did not know about it) for a $100 prize! I opened my email to 50 new messages and thought "Oh my....people must have loved school suplies (my last post) " but that was not the case! I had won the $100 prize and everyone was congratulating me!!!! I was so excited that I danced around the house yelling "I won! I won!" and giggling like a fool over my excitment! You see for a girl that gets by on $20 a week $100 is like a million, and I couldn't be more excited about my win!
Ok here's the story. I always tell people to be persistent when it comes to clearance. To never settle for the first mark down. If you want that $50 handbag stalk it, and it will keep going down down down down in price. Trust me in that :)
I went to target and saw this bag:
I wanted. I NEEDED IT. I was tired of carrying around my book bag. I needed a huge purse that could double as a book bag. Well little did I know they invented the purse bag. It looks like a big purse but has a pouch for my pen, pencils, cell phone, and other such things. I loved it! I needed it! It was 14.99. WHOA....ok...I don't need it...I don't have to have it. On a girl working with $20 dollars a week that would take up over 3/4 ths of my weekly budget for just this bag.
So I went into stalker mode. As soon as we were two weeks into school I knew this bag had to be on clearance so I stopped by to visit it. It was! It was $9 and some odd change. I thought about it and decided against it. There were 5 left in the style I wanted, so I walked away. I waited a week and went back. This time they were on sale for $6 and some odd change. There were 3 left. Do I get it? Do I not get it? Do I need it? It can be tough to decided :) I decided no I didn't need it.
Last trip I totally forgot about the bag and just happened to stumble into them. There were tons in every color and style but that one I had wanted. I started to instantly have regret. Why didn't I buy it at $7? I was shopping with my friend and she was trying to cheer me up about my lost clearance find when I said "If you were a kid and you wanted this bag and your mom said no, where would you lay it down?" my friend said "Toy aisle?". We darted to the toy aisle and there was no such luck. "Oh well, It wasnt meant to be" I said. We were headed out the door and I said "Buuut...if you were working here and you saw the bag and didn't put it in the school supplies where would you restock it?" my friend said "Purses!" "Right!" so we practically ran to purses and there it was! The only one left sitting there waiting for me!
The other styles said $3 something but mine still said $7 something. I took it to the self scanner and scanned it. it came up $3 something. My friend and I did a little happy dance and I walked away with my purse book bag for $3 and some odd change.
So clearance. When to buy and when to not? Well...You gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. I got by lucky on this one!
this story while true as can be, is meant to be funny and humorous. Please don't take it too seriously :)
Also my friend over @ Toronto Yard Sale Snoop is hosting a giveaway she calls a thriftacular giveaway! She will thrift shop for you if you are the winner! How cool is that? Go on over and check her house! Just click her blog name above and it will take you there!
On a very sad note: Kristen's Grandma died yesterday. She text messaged me around 11pm to let me know. I am heartbroken for her. I'm not even sure what to say, but that I love Kristen and once again please keep her family in your thoughts during this difficult time.