Sunday, February 6, 2011

Garage Sale Loot

The light was too bright, but I picked these up yesterday at some estate sales. I had been wanting to go for weeks, but this weekend was the first to have any.

I picked up the shawl, in yellow and orange; the book Costumes of the East, which has some great pictures of native clothing from all over Asia; and a set of sheets. Not too exciting, except for the insanely rude cashier lady at the sale where I bought the shawl.

Encounter:
Woman in line in front of me asks for prices on a figurine and a book, since nothing was priced.
B****: 3 dollars
W: So would that be 1.50 each, if I wanted to put one thing back?
B: (Ignore) (Answers question of woman across the room) The book is two and the figurine is one. (Glare)
W: Ok, thanks.

Me: Hi, I wanted to know how much these were since they don't have prices.
B: I KNOW they don't have prices. The shawl is one, five total.
M: Does that mean each book is two, because I don't want the paperback if that's the case.
B: (Open hardback) This book was FIFTEEN dollars when it was new!
M: But it's not new, it's old and yellow. (Hands her a 20)
B: (Looks past me and ignores my money.)
M: (Lifts money into her line of sight.)
B: (Snatches away money)
M: You know, it would save you a lot of trouble if you would just put up prices; then, people wouldn't bother you with questions.
B: I COULD NOT possibly do that because some of these books are worth a hundred dollars!!
M: Well, every other estate sale manages to do it. (Walk away)

So I was mildly rude, but she was first. Crazy lady.


I am making some progress on my dress. I put together the whole back. I have made a muslin, torn it apart and cut out the fabric. I keep getting lazy and then making no progress. Oh well, I hope to have it done by Saturday to take some pictures.

4 comments:

  1. Just reading the conversation, you did not seem rude. Now, knowing what MY tone would have been after that, whatever I would have said would have come across rude...LOL. Bad customer service is my biggest pet peave and when I experience it, GAME ON!!!!

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  2. That conversation is funny! I like the stuff you got...and the muslin for your dress. : )

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  3. She probably lost some sales just because some folks don't want to ask the price. Is the book for your personal use or for your students?

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  4. I guess it could be either, but I was thinking for myself. It's pretty interesting.

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