Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Steal of a Deal

Yesterday, deep in the throes of my Working Mommy funk, I decided to step out for some fresh air during lunch. To clear my head. To reassess, reevaluate, and mainly, to recompose.

To do this, I needed a haven. A safe place. A place to find my center of balance.

Destination: TJMaxx.

I browsed, looking at purses, then moving on to shoes, before I headed to apparel.

The red clearance section was too picked over and messy, even for me, so I went right for the jugular: Regular-priced merchandise.

(Dun dun dunhhhhh)

I'm totally over my current winter wardrobe, yet the notion of spring arriving anytime soon to New England is a joke. (AND NOT A FUNNY ONE.)

So I thumbed through the pants, finding a few pairs of khaki-colored work slacks (hi, I'm 85 years old) to try on.

Of course, the pair that fit best? No price tag. And most likely super expensive, even for TJMaxx because they were Ralph Lauren.

But I decided to take a chance, and made my way over to the looooooong checkout line.

When it was finally my turn (annoying robotic pre-recorded female voice: "Register 9 is now open. Please make your way to Register number 9."), I showed the cashier the lack of price tag. So she had to page someone. And I waited. Finally, an associate came up, took the MY pants with her, and wandered off to see if she could find another pair. And I waited.

The cashier rang up 2 more customers while I waited. And waited.

Sensing my impatience, she paged the associate.

(Tick tock, tick tock, Sarah needs to get back to work...)

(In the meantime, my internal struggle was such: "Should I just go? I'm gonna be late. But I really like those pants. And they fit. But I don't want to pay more than $30. I'm sure they're gonna be more than $30. I will have wasted all this time standing here for NOTHING.")

Finally, the associate wandered back. Holding my pants (because at this point? I was determined that after all that time, I was walking out of there with them, dammit) and shaking her head in defeat.

So then the cashier, the associate, and a manager huddled in the corner, conferring about my pants.

And I waited.

(By this time, I was thinking: "Ok, I'll pay $40. But nothing higher.")

Triumphantly, she held up the coveted pants. "We couldn't find another pair. So my manager said we could give them to you for....

fifteen dollars."

SCORE!


See that? Original price: $89.50.

I'm wearing them right now. Along with a shit-eating grin.

13 comments:

AZ Mommy said...

It's amazing how retail therapy can help that Mommy Guilt right?

MoxieMamaKC said...

Ahhh! The glory of the TJ Maxx Hunt. I once got a cocktail dress there (originally $150) for $30. I love the bargins! Congrats on your your find!

Jenni Jiggety said...

SCORE!!!

Sarah said...

I am so jealous of your TJ Maxx prowess. Awesome.

3XMom said...

woo hoo! LOVE LOVE LOVE to get a great deal! Congrats!

Chaotic Joy said...

HURRAY. I was reading this and thinking, oh, I hope this story has a happy ending. Because nothing sucks me in like a cliffhanger about discount shopping. :)

Just read your last post, and I'm sorry. The fact is, working mom or not, a sick child should always come first. And practically speaking, sometimes they just can't. And that just sucks.

amanda said...

yay for you and your bargain pants and your shit eating grin :)

Manic Mommy said...

I'm high-fiving the lap top right now. Nothing like a little retail therapy to get you out of a funk.

Suburb Sierra said...

Can we meet for lunch tomorrow? I need a new pair of jeans and can only spend $15 ;)

Congrats.

Mrs. Schmitty said...

You ripped that tag off, didn't you? LOL!! Good for you!!!

Fiona said...

nice score!

Patois said...

Sweet! Now, if you'd been an outwardly impatient bitch, I'm guessing the manager would have put it at $50.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I probably buy 90 percent of my clothes at the Maxx. :) (There's one by home and one by my office...I'm screwed! How can I resist!)

I also have an affinity toward khaki, and black, pants. Hey, they're easy.

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