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On letting the other person go first

(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.

A brown folded-waist Old Navy knit 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 than I’m expecting, and I could always bargain down from their suggested price if I think it’s too high.

Here are some outtakes for your enjoyment, compliments of my kid photographer!
Kristen in a white shirt and brown skirt, smiling at the camera.

A woman in a white shirt and brown skirt, looking away from the camera

Kristen with two preschoolers standing near her.

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Thursday 25th of June 2009

Congrats on giving your kid a camera to play with. With digital kids can actually take paparazzi photos without fear of wasting film. My parents bought me a camera when I was in middle school which I adored and occasionally bought me film for it. I preferred slide film and that cost more so I didn't get it as often. ;)

Here I am all these years later and photography is still my biggest hobby. Maybe he'll grow up to be a photographer?


Thursday 25th of June 2009

Despite your apparent good-natured frustration with your 'zi-like son and your camera-hogging girls, I like the last two photos the most. I can just see your girls toddling over to you then hamming it up for the camera. "Hi mommy, what about us?!"


Wednesday 24th of June 2009

Adorable skirt! We've had tremendously hot weather lately - a skirt like that would be perfect! Love your blog - thanks so much for sharing your heart & home!


Wednesday 24th of June 2009

Cute skirt! I feel the same way about skirts and dresses in the summer, way more comfy.

Thanks for all the wonderful posts. I adore your blog, you've actually inspired me to start baking again. I hadn't done that in 15 years!

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