(Note: The following post, which was in the works a while before my less-than-satisfactory Goodwill experience, may help to explain my surprise at the firm price on the buttonless shorts)
I wrote a while ago about how I was slowly learning the art of haggling, which is not something I’m naturally good at. Well, I recently learned that it can pay off to let the other person go first when you’re bargaining.
I mentioned before that I’ve become a big fan of wearing skirts in the summertime. They’re a lot comfier than shorts (at least to me), and they’re a much cooler item of clothing than long pants are. So, I’ve been poking through the skirts area at Goodwill each week to see if I can find something I like. On a recent trip, I found this Old Navy skirt.
It fit me, was very comfy, and was in good shape except for a place near the hem where it looked like it just needed to be laundered. Upon further inspection, I found that it was paint, but for some reason, most of it was loosely attached and could be scraped off.
I decided I’d ask at the checkout if they would mark it down. Skirts are normally $4.25, so I was going to offer something like $3. I pointed out the paint spot, but before I could even mention the price I had in mind, the saleslady said, “Oh, I’ll sell it to you for 50 cents.” I swallowed my astonishment, said nothing of my $3 idea, and cheerfully paid for the skirt.
I was able to get most of the paint off and the little that remains doesn’t bother me at all, especially when I remember that this purchase only took 50 cents out of my clothing budget.
It’s not really occurred to me to let the salesperson suggest a price before, but now I’m thinking that might be the way to go from here on out. You never know…they might come up with a lower price that I’m expecting, and I could always bargain down from their suggested price if I think it’s too high.
Thanks to my dear son Joshua for taking the picture of my skirt (if there’s a picture of me on this blog, it’s almost always Joshua’s handiwork). He’s a trooper, and he patiently puts up with my SLR and my finicky 50mm lens. It takes us a lot of tries to get a decent picture, though. I set up the shot, he takes a few frames, I check to see if it worked out(it usually doesn’t!), I set up a different shot, and we repeat the whole process.
Here are some outtakes for your enjoyment.
Some focusing issues (and this is after I sharpened the picture!). My lens is awfully particular about focus. Poor Joshua.
Joshua is like a paparazzi photographer. He keeps shooting and shooting even when I’m not quite ready.
And my children are so used to having their pictures taken, they always think that they need to be in the shot too.
Thanks for your help, Bud! What would I do without you? I’d have to drag out the tripod. Or something.