My one acquisition…

I am not typically one to rush out the day after Christmas for after-Christmas sales.  My ambition for that activity faded long ago.  Anymore, most items are marked down at some point during the holiday shopping season to close to 50% off which kind of makes running around after Christmas to get similar sales a tad silly.

There is a rare exception.  An item that wasn’t on sale during the season that is pretty much the only one of its kind in the area…when that goes on sale – well, that is noteworthy.  I spotted such an item in my holiday travels at Burlington Coat Factory in Fargo.  I loved it when I saw it, but at a price tag of $150 there was no way I was going to buy it at the time.  I told myself that I would wait and see if the item went on sale after Christmas.

Well, today my daughter Sarah was out and about and I asked her to check on my special item to see if it was on sale.  Imagine my glee when I heard that it was not only on sale, but was now marked all the way down to $50! I couldn’t scurry my fanny over to Burlington fast enough.  So I loaded my treasure into the cart where he stood majestically – he is about 5 feet tall – and strode triumphantly to the checkout lanes to the curious gawks of the other shoppers.

I didn’t care a bit that they were gawking – I had an ear-to-ear grin.  Of course Cheyenne refused to walk with me…she walked a safe distance away from me so no one would think she was with me.  Still, I remained unruffled and grinning ear-to-ear.

I must confess that I wasn’t as tickled trying to get my treasure to fit into my little car in the freezing cold.  It took me about 15 minutes to figure out how I was going to get him home.  Finally, I got him in the car and we were headed home so that I could sit and admire my shopping victory – 66% off!

My treasure you ask?  Well, just the coolest Santa in Fargo – darn near my height (spare a couple of inches) and complete with a styling leopard print robe.  He was the only hip Santa at Burlington – all the others were the traditional white Anglo-Saxon version in red garb.  But regular readers know that I am not one to seek conformity – I relish difference.

So my Santa is different, but he will fit right in at my house and will become a family heirloom that will probably be around for many years after I am gone.  And something tells me that even 30 years from now he will still be as hip as he is today…when you’ve got it – you’ve got it…and my new Santa – he’s got it.  ;-)

Day five hundred and thirty-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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2 Responses to My one acquisition…

  1. Avatar of Mac Mac says:

    Love it. Way cool.

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