A couple of weeks ago I got it in my head that Aiden needed micro machines. Not familiar with micro machines? Well, they are only the hottest little cars of the 80's! So I started searching. I even dug up an old commercial. So after watching that I was down right determined that not only would he get cars, but a play set too. I didn't care which one. Knowing that they don't sell these anymore my only hope was ebay. I was pleasantly surprised by all the choices. Not so crazy about the prices though. So to make a long story short I finally found one to bid on. I should probably keep my bidding price disclosed, but I won't because it just makes it that much better. I beat out the highest bidder with just seconds to spare by just .50 at a whopping $20.50. It's like the heavens opened up and the Super Van City and 13 micro machines were mine. I know what you are thinking, 20 bucks for a dumb toy that's 20 years old? That's the thing about ebay. You think you've gotten this great deal on a 'treasure' that is no where else to be found. It's an e-buyer's high. And it's mine, all mine... And then it hit me. 'There's no way Brian is going to be happy about this. I'll have to ease this one in with perfect timing.'
So a couple of days passed (alright it was 5, but who's counting, right?) and my package arrived. I hadn't told Aiden about the cars. I waited to open it until nap time to bask in the glory undisturbed. It's a satisfying feeling to end a cycle of obsession. Once I get something in my head I'm gonna do it and there's no stopping me. It's a flaw really. Well, after the kids woke up from naps I got everybody ready for our weekly trip to Goodwill. Yes, I take weekly trips to Goodwill. I go for the Target stuff (once the clearance stuff has been out for a certain length of time Target sells them to Goodwill).
|Target, Wool Rug-$275, Target sold it to Goodwill and I bought it new for $50|
Well, I wasn't going to pass that up. So I bought it. The next day I put the same Super Van City that I had just gotten the day before up on ebay and threw in 5 cars for good measure. I'm happy to say that it sold for $17.28. So there ya go. Super Van City and 6 micro machines for roughly $5, now that's a price Brian will be happy with!
Moving on to this week (that was last week).
My weekly trip to Target. Yes, I do that too. I like check out what's on clearance. I almost never pay full price for things. I can't stand to pass up a good deal when I see one. If you get a gift from me, I've probably had it for well over 6 months, maybe even years.
So I've had my eye out for bedding for Riley for when she moves out of a toddler bed (she's still in a crib). I had fallen in love with a quilt set at Target, but I was not willing to pay $65 for it. Well, back in July it got marked down to $45 and the matching sheets $13 (from $18). So I figured I'd snag them. I still felt it was a little high, but like I said before, I know what I want. So into the closet they went. Wednesday we went to Target. They are having some mega markdowns right now and I can hardly contain my excitement. Well, same quilt, same sheets were now marked down to $32 and $9. So you can guess what I did. I bought them. Yesterday I went back to Target and returned the ones for $45 and $13. I was doing a little victory dance in my head for getting a better deal. I figured since I was there, I might as well peruse the store...again. Well, what happened next was not a case of deja vu. I got to the bedding section and there again same quilt, same sheets now $16 and $4. 'Wait a second, didn't I just pay double this the day before???' So I bought them.
I think I may be the only person who buys things with the intent to return them. When I come home with things I just tell Brian, "Hey, you know my policy, if you don't like it I'll take it back." So if the stores (Target) changes their return policy, I'll apologize in advance because it's because of people like me. Or just me. This was not the first time that I returned the same item