It’s pay day today, and pyjama day (I don’t work on Wednesdays as there’s no playgroup). I decided it was a day for shopping and ST and I headed to my second home, the Trafford Centre, for some retail therapy (within reason – it may be pay day but there’s not a lot left after the bills have had their share, let me tell you).
My main reason for going was to replace my little black purse because the metal zip pull had broken off and I have been unable to get any coins out for about two weeks. So I headed to Next for a replacement. They don’t do the same one anymore, so I chose a brown leather one that was almost the same (I like that particular style – a zipper pocket for coins and a nice sized wallet section for cards and notes). Well, naturally, as I now had a brown purse, I needed a brown handbag to go with it! So I bought this. It has a zipper section in the middle with two smaller popper sections, one either side. It’s about half the size of my old black one but that was cavernous inside and I could never find anything. I love, love, love this one.
And as they’re from Next, the purse was only £7.50 and the handbag was £18. Bargain, really!
We wandered up and down the shopping centre browsing various things and then I called into Zavvi (what used to be Virgin Megastore – stupid name if you ask me, but nobody did) to ask about a Wii game that I’d promised to buy L as a thank you for the use of her babysitting services twice this week. I knew it wasn’t available yet so I asked at the counter when it would be. Our conversation, verbatim:
Me: Hi! Can you tell me when Wii Big Beach Sports will be available please?
Zavvi Zombie: Uh… dunno.
Me: Well, can you look it up?
ZZ: Uh… dunno.
Me: Is there someone else around to help?
ZZ: Uh… no, just me.
Me: So there’s no point in asking you what your waiting list for the Wii Fit is like then?
ZZ: Uh… no.
Me: Thanks for your help.
OK then. We headed off towards Selfridges as I’d decided to treat myself to sushi for lunch and there’s a Yo! Sushi in Selfridges Food Court (via Jessops to get me a UV filter for my new lens) and on the way we passed Game. Game are notoriously expensive; I wouldn’t normally go in there at all, but as I just wanted to ask a couple of questions I thought it wouldn’t hurt. A sales assistant came straight up to me asking if I needed any help. I asked about the game and he confirmed it would come out on Friday. Then I asked about the waiting time for Wii Fit and got the surprise of my life. He looked left and right then leaned forward, whispering conspirationally. “We have three in stock. They just came in ten minutes ago. Do you want one?”
Oh. My. God. These things are like gold dust, going on eBay for twice their retail value. In the millisecond it took me to think of my answer, the other sales assistant had already sold one of the three. If I hadn’t already made my decision, that would have made it for me.
“Yes! Oh God, yes!” I panted. Seriously, I panted.
So, I’m now the proud owner of a Wii Fit. I don’t think L is talking to me, because hers has been on order for weeks and still hasn’t arrived. I plucked up the courage to call SH and tell him that I’d bought one – opening the conversation with “Don’tkillmebutI’vejustboughtaWiiFit…” but all he did was sigh. “Do you know what I’ve been doing for the past seven weeks? I’ve been scouring every shop in the North West and every website in the UK trying to get you one for your birthday. And you’ve just walked into a shop in the Trafford Centre and picked one up just like that. You jammy git.”
So! Not only have I just bought the item that everyone wants but nobody can get, just like that, but SH is going to pay me for it because it’s actually a birthday present! Result! Only, because it’s a birthday present, my afternoon of hula hooping fun has just been scuppered as now I’m not allowed to open it till Saturday. Grrr…
Oh, and a certain someone else didn’t come away empty handed either…
He’s been coveting one of these cars for ages. There are three at playgroup and if he doesn’t get to one before the other kids do, you seriously don’t want to be in his line of fire. Scary stuff. The Incredible Hulk has nothing on him. So when I saw one for £10 off the normal price, how could I resist? Although, I’ve just realised I’m creating a right pickle for myself as next time L comes round with her two boys, I can envisage fighting. Serious fisticuffs. Perhaps I should have bought three…
All in all, it’s been a bargain kind of day – cheap bag and purse, sale price ride-along car and a free Wii Fit.
And the sushi wasn’t bad either.
Although my favourite bit was ST asking for some of my edamame and asking if he could “squeeze one out”. Well, it made me laugh.