Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sales - Carolyne Aarsen

SALE. One word. Four letters.

Yet every time I see them, my heart beats faster, my palms sweat and a sense of expectation and anticipation swirls through my suddenly shrunken brain.

I'm an intelligent woman. I can use words that have more than two syllables and, usually, spell them correctly. I'm not young anymore and I would like to think that with that comes a certain lack of gullibility.I don't believe everything I hear or read. And I don't believe inflated claims on products. Yet, every time I get an e-mail from one of the craft stores I frequent that have the huge letters S.A.L.E. anywhere in the letter I click through. Every. Single. Time.

I love doing my crafts. And I love collecting the beautifully printed papers, the embossing powders, the pens, the stamps, the tools and the cartridges for my cricut, a die cutting machine. And almost as important, I love buying all these things on SALE. I will scour the internet looking for places I can save .04 on a piece of paper, a few dollars on a cartridge. My 'watch' list on e-bay is four pages long.

I know I would be better off, monetary-wise, not buying the stuff period. My rational brain tells me this when I am in my moments of sanity and I'm looking at my AMEX bill. I look at what I already have and think, 'Enough, woman. How much paper do you need? Your kids are going to be angry with you when they have to get rid of all that stuff after you die'. This all makes very much sense and when I have these little talks with myself I pat myself on the back for how smart I am and how much self-control I am going to have. This is just a hobby, I tell myself. Nothing more. Keep your focus, have some perspective . . . and then . . . oh my goodness . . . Custom Crops has Basic Grey paper on SALE!!!! And WOW it's only seventy nine cents per sheet!!! And before I know it, I'm clicking and checking and loading up my virtual shopping cart with virtual paper looking like a virtual idiot as I stare with ever widening eyes at the SALE prices.

And then, sometimes, my sane side takes over and I empty the virtual shopping cart and feel very satisfied with myself untilI get the next e-mail with the next SALE notice.

I know I'm not alone. I know that the word SALE can have amazing powers depending on where it's located and what is actually on sale. So Now that you've heard about my Achilles heel, what about you? Imagine the word SALE - and put it in front of your favourite store - online or otherwise. What would make your heart beat faster? What kind of sale is your dream sale? It's okay to share. We're all friends here. Unless you are bidding against me on that sale item on e-bay.


  1. I find yarn a lot like I find books. Basically, if I were to read a book a day for the rest of my life and I lived to be 101, I wouldn't make it through my TBA pile. How does this apply to yarn. Well, there's yarn in the chest next to my favorite chair. There's yarn in the closet. If I were to crochet for an hour every day, and I lived to be 101, and didn't miss a day, I might go through all my yarn. Especially that ugly off pink yarn I purchased because it was ON SALE.

  2. I can't resist a sale either. Fortunately and unfortunately I've trained my kids the same way. "But it's on sale." they whine. "Do we need it?" I ask back. Usually I'm on the loosing end of the battle. Need anything in particular? I've probably got it somewhere:)

  3. I love a sale, too. I especially like shopping on the internet for bargains, but I'm not much into e-bay. I shopped on the internet so much that I had my credit card number memorized until we had to have a new card issued because of fraud. Do you suppose I shop on line too much?! :)

  4. Funny this is today's topic! I had a ten-dollar Kohl's bucks certificate that was ABOUT TO EXPIRE! (I know you're gasping at the thought. Go ahead, take a breath.) So I trotted down to Kohl's and found a clearance in the shoe section. CLEARANCE. Oh yeah. New boots for free!! Woo-hoo!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


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