Friday, October 5
Several weeks ago when emptying the Best Little Trailer in preparation for her steam cleaning, I pull out my thrift store coat from the closet.
I bought this coat in Florence, Oregon.
Like all who love a bargain, I remember exactly what I paid for it.
A London Fog, perfect for the way I live and in excellent condition.
This coat has served me well for several winters.
A hard look at the present condition of the coat convinces me its days of service are over. The wrists are very dirty. Repeated washes and still dingy. Too dirty-looking to wear to the store. Even for me.
Time for a new coat!
Okay, that was weeks ago.
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Today I’m poking around the thrift store. I find a nice flannel shirt in a pretty plaid.
I like plaid flannel, especially the plaids used for men’s shirts. This is a “men’s” shirt. Fine with me. Roomier and probably better made.
Oh, I should look for a coat!
Over at the circular coat rack, I whip apart the hangers.
No. No. No. Who would where a color like that? No. Oh-good-heavens-No. . . Hmm . . . What’s THIS?
I pull out the coat and see that it is clean, like new. I check the label. Eddie Bauer. YES. This is good. Size? Medium, petite. Bingo!
I drop the shirt and try on the coat.
Fits just right! Zipper works! Lots of pockets! Snuggy warm! Hmm . . . No price tag.
I ask the woman at the register.
“Did you get it off the circle rack? All those coats are two dollars.”
Wow. What a deal . . .
“And today we’re having a store-wide, half-price sale so it’s a dollar.”
Oh, oh, happy day . . .
Look at the neat vest I got, too!
I’m all set for winter!
Besides the shirt for a dollar, the coat for another dollar, and the vest for a dollar, I purchase a little food chopper for $1.50 (half off $3 price).
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Back at the house . . .
The crew and I eat up the drumsticks and wings of the rotisserie chicken still warm from the grocery store.
After lunch I go online and find the regular price of a Black + Decker1.5-Cup Electric Food Chopper like the one I just bought. I savor another great deal.
Using my new toy to chop up celery and onion, I put together a chicken salad with the rotisserie chicken breasts.
Later, while on the front porch reading . . .
Neighbor Dan and Buddy come along and stop to visit over the fence. Reg and Rog race to say hi to their buddy, Buddy. This is Buddy:
I attempt photos and Buddy immediately tries to leave.
“Buddy doesn’t like the camera,” Don says.
“Oh, Buddy, sweetie. Come back. I won’t take photos. Promise.” I place the camera on the porch and Buddy returns to the fence.
Dan and I chat.
I tell him about my bargain coat.
” . . . so I got an Eddie Bauer coat, perfect fit, just what I needed, for a dollar.”
“Well, good for you, Sue. That IS a bargain,” Dan remarks appreciatively.
“Not only that, when I got home I tried it on in front of a full mirror to have a better look. I stick my hands in the pockets and find fifty-two cents!
Dan laughs. “Quite a deal!”
“Yeah, can you believe it?” I gush. “A quality coat in perfect condition for forty-eight cents!”
Dan says he has a great bargain story, too.
“Actually it’s Mary’s story.” (Mary is Dan’s late wife.)
“She bought a purse at the thrift store. When she got it home, she unzipped a compartment inside the purse, down at the bottom. In it she found fifty-seven dollars.”
“Wow! I gotta’ say, Dan, that beats my 48-cent coat!
NOTE: What’s your best bargain story? Tell us about it! — Sue
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In the fall of 2012 the original canine crew and I camp at Slab City, Niland, California.
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