Cowart's Common Room

Was anyone else stupid enough to do it? We went to Exeter with our Christmas vouchers and dosh....and (harumph) James and Adrian came back with bulging bags and I came back with......nothing. Not a sausage. Just a headache and sore feet and a sense of 'what is the matter with me?' I just can't handle sales - all the pushing and shoving and heat and airlessness. I saw one nice thing - in M&S but dithered too long and it went. So came home, went online and ta-da - there it was - so really I needn't have stirred from my pc!
Now I have to find a fridge. Yup, ours decided to give one big sigh and give up the ghost - on Christmas Eve. Thanks, fridge, great timing! So if anyone has any cool tips....???
Hope you all had a good Christmas and that any seasonal bugs are heading off......yikes, New Year next!

Posted at 27th Dec 2007 - 04:53PM   Posted by Exmoorjane   Sales - AAGHHHH Comments: 12

Mountainear's Avatar I'm not much good at sales either - hate the frenzy and the muddled up stuff - TK Maxx leaves me cold too - for the same reason.

If you've got the room get an American-style side-by-side fridge-freezer with ice and water through the door. They've come down in price tremendously. Boys (big and small) love 'em. That's the only downside - you'll have a trail of boys pressing buttons and asking for ice in everything!

Posted by: Mountainear on 27th Dec 2007 at 05:11PM

Withy Brook's Avatar My son's got one of those - can confirm that 'boys' love them and use a terrible amount of ice!
Heard or read today that one way of coping with the sale syndrome ie headache is to drink copious amounts of water because you get dehydrated. Know what that would do to me Embarassed

Posted by: Withy Brook on 27th Dec 2007 at 05:27PM

Elizabethm's Avatar I am just the same with sales - cant think for people and push and so never buy anything ever. I have given up going now because I got fed up of being so dysfunctional. Hope your Christmas was good, despite the fridge!

Posted by: Elizabethm on 27th Dec 2007 at 05:35PM

Ivy's Avatar Totally agree with the sales syndrome I hate sales or shopping centers on week ends. Your fridge certainly had a perfect timing. My oven exploded with the Christmas goose inside some years ago great fun if you are expecting guests for tea and have to cut the goose into parts and cook it on the hob.. and finish eating it minutes before the guests arrive expecting tea and cake.

Posted by: Ivy on 27th Dec 2007 at 06:13PM

Faith's Avatar Don't like sales,though Em has gone today. Mountainear, TKMaxx is my sister's fave shop, but I don't like it for the same reason as you.

Can't really see the point of just buying stuff cos it is reduced. Its different if you need something, like a new fridge!

Posted by: Faith on 27th Dec 2007 at 06:13PM

KittyB's Avatar If you want something that looks nice but costs a bomb and is really cr*ppy and tinny then do what I did and buy a lovely, retro, chunky, rounded, cream Smeg fridge freezer. Looks dreamy. Terrible quality.

Posted by: KittyB on 27th Dec 2007 at 06:58PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar I have been kicking myself for the last twenty odd years after giving away my big old rounded gorgeous fridge.....what a twit! Funny thing, no real bargains in fridges that I can see (how typical is that?). Also, I'm not sure we really need the fridges I like (yup, those big bloated US jobbies).... If I'm brutally honest we probably could just do with a little u nder the counter number....not very sexy though!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 27th Dec 2007 at 07:34PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Yesterday and today I was in Stirling - picking up and dropping off Wildchild - so was there right in the thick of the sales . . .guess what - I couldn't get excited, nothing caught my eye - nothing I really want, nothing I need . . no money anyway.

Oh apart from the fact my washer drier blew up . . .but we are insured . . new one (just a washing machine this time - decided against the drier) being delivered on the . . .9th Jan . . .aaarrrgghhhh - will just have to pong until then . . .waves brand new chainsaw (courtesy of Fennie) in Comet's direction! Twisted Evil

Posted by: Westerwitch on 27th Dec 2007 at 08:08PM

Ivy's Avatar How do you cope without a drier in Scotland? I can't imagine how long a pair of Jeans takes to get dry in your climate...

Posted by: Ivy on 27th Dec 2007 at 08:54PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Here here, takes long enough in Northumberland. Do you have an Aga?

Posted by: Withy Brook on 27th Dec 2007 at 09:16PM

Cait's Avatar An ordinary larder fridge changed my life I must admit. Not living near shops I need the space they provide and I would never go back to a 'small' one even though there's only two of us now.

I haven't been to the Sales for years, (don't the shops have them all the time?)

Posted by: Cait on 27th Dec 2007 at 11:19PM

Frances's Avatar Hello from New York where we live such a very contained life in our miniscule apartments.

Jane, get a basic fridge, that has all the bits that you really need. (My freezer has not been reliable for anything beyond basic ice for ten years. No chance of the landlord replacing the fridge with anything other than an inferior model.)

Sort of joking, but really, we do get convinced we need what we do not.

Re Sales. With my shop, we do have great bargains every now and then, but, truly, the really, really good stuff goes quickly at full price.

What we do is try to keep a list of regular customers who might be longing for a special piece when its price does get reduced. When we get that marked-down list, we just give that customer a call. If she is still interested, we put her size on hold and ask her to come into the shop in a day or two.

Works for both of our interests!


Posted by: Frances on 27th Dec 2007 at 11:58PM

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