Things I Bought This Week

It’s July, and you know what that means – summer clearance sales!!!

On Saturday we drove to Buffalo so I could mail a package. I’d sold a purse on ebay the same day our postal workers went on strike. I didn’t want the buyer (a US resident) to wait any longer, so I thought we could make a day of it, with some lunch and a little shopping.

While we were there, I bought this dress:

I’d been stalking it at Banana Republic for ages and the price hadn’t dropped yet at our local store. It was $160. However, in Buffalo, it was marked down to $60 (from $130), plus an additional 40% off. I also had a gift card and because of the exchange rate, it was worth more in US funds, so at the end of the transaction, I spent about $14 out of my own pocket.

As unpatriotic as it may be, THIS is why I cross the border to shop.

I guess I was in a dress mood, because a few minutes later I bought this one from The Limited:

Later in the week, I picked up this top from the Esprit outlet near my office. Everything there is super cheap right now.

And, of course, shoes. You didn’t think I’d let a week go by without new shoes, did you?

They’re Hush Puppies. The last thing I needed was another pair of black wedge sandals, but the price was too good to pass up.

For the house, I picked up this fan:

We try hard not to use the central air unless we absolutely have to, so we keep a fan in our room for the warmer nights. Our fan was a circa 1985 clunker in yellowed plastic, handed down to me from my parents. It worked just fine, but after I put all that effort into redecorating our bedroom, it was killing me inside to see that monstrosity sitting on our dresser. This one is pretty and matches our lamps.

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  1. Oh how I wish i could cross a border and shop cheaper! Cannot believe you paid so little for that BR dress! AH!

  2. But you already live in the world of lower taxes and a large competitive retail market. Consider yourself lucky. As a citizen I love this country so much, but as a consumer, it leaves a lot to be desired.

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