Thursday, September 03, 2009

Felix Felicitus!

I'm on a lucky streak. This is unprecedented.

I've been on the lookout for a black cocktail dress for an upcoming reception. I'm cheap, however, so even if I'd been able to find a great dress I didn't want to pay much for it. And after several trips to the mall I couldn't even find an appropriate black dress regardless of price. I finally found a couple black dresses on Target.com and ordered them figuring I'd try them on and return one of them. They were both okay, but the material was a really thin t-shirt material and not the most flattering.

Last weekend, having nothing else to do, we decided to go to the mall and take one last look around. We parked at Macy's so we started there. They had gotten some new stuff in stock and they had a short sleeve black dress that I liked. Problem = $99. Not up for spending $100 on a new dress. Then I found another black dress that was (miracle) knee length and (miracle) short sleeve and (double miracle) on a rack marked $14.99. I tried it on and decided it would do. I went to go buy it and was more than a little surprised when it rang up at $158.00. I guess my surprise showed because the lady said "A lot of dresses are on sale right now, did you think this one was on sale?" Feeling more than a little stupid I said "Well, I found it on a rack that said $14.99!" To her credit, the lady didn't even look at me like "Ma'am just because you found a diamond ring on the cubic zirconium rack doesn't mean it was supposed to be there." Instead she said "Oh, I'm sorry to trouble you, but can you show me where you found it?" So we strolled across the sales floor and I showed her where I had found the dress and that there was another of the same style hanging on the rack as well. She said "Ok, well it says $14.99" and we walked back to the register where she scanned the dress and checked in the computer again. Then she said "I'm going to take the other one off the rack because it was mis-racked, but it said $14.99" and then she rang it in at $14.99. Now, I like a bargain, but I was feeling kind of bad about accidentally and unintentionally getting away with a bargain like that so I told her that she didn't have to sell it to me for that because it wasn't a big deal and I didn't want her to get in trouble. She replied "Nope, I'm not going to get in trouble and honey, it isn't your fault they put it on that rack!" So I don't know if there was some kind of feud going on between the departments (the register I was paying at was right next to the women's clothing, but in a different department) or if she was quitting the next day, or just feeling generous, but I walked away with my $158 silk party dress for more than 90% off!

And here it is: (except I got it in black...although I love this coral color...and yes, I have to do the Mormon fashion norm and add a tank under the low neckline)

As Napoleon would say "Lucky!"

Now for today. I was perusing craigslist the other day and came across a link to a local photographer's website. She said that in celebration of the launch of her facebook fan page she was holding a contest on Thursday, September 3rd and if you watched her facebook wall at some point during the day she would post with the line "I wanna win [the contest]" and the first 2 fans to leave a comment would win a photo shoot with 20 finished images on cd and a print release. Sounds like a good deal, but who wins those things? Well, today I did. After consulting a calendar to figure out what day it was, and remembering today was the day of her contest, I looked at her page at around 10:30 this morning and there was nothing there. I read an e-mail and debated how long I could justify sitting in front of the computer waiting for her to post at some point during the day and then clicked on her page again to discover that she had just posted! I left a comment within about 2 seconds of when she posted and, to borrow from ESPN, winner winner chicken dinner I got me a family photo session.

Whew.

I'm trying to ignore the logic that a round of unprecedented good luck is almost surely an omen of bad things to come.

Sigh.

6 comments:

JoandDoug said...

Double congrats! That's so awesome. I wanna win free photos. And a cheap dress. I had a similar thing this week. I went to Kohl's to get Doug a pair of khakis and found some one a shlf that had 2 for 1 above it. They were only $20 but I thought 2 for $20 was a great deal. I went to pay for them and of course they both rang up at $20. I told the lady there was a sign above them that said 2 for 1 and she looked and said that it did say that but it was meant for the other side of the shelving unit. She brought a manager over and the manager said, If that's what she say that's what she gets" (or something like that). I was exicted but also felt like I was doing something dishonest. It was their advertising mistake in the end though I guess. Way to go again though! That's so exciting!

Anonymous said...

I really like the dress. It's probably not as showy in black but I like it a lot. Of course, that's on a model. Who knows how it will look on you, Dearie. (which Disney show has the three fairies/godmothers? making a dress which one says doesn't look very good and another replies "That's because it's on you, Dearie"? Mollie will know)

I wouldn't want my picture taken but it's nice for you to be able to get a free family portrait. I hope it's as good as the one we got as Sears!

Hope your winning streak holds up for a while.

megan said...

to the dress: NO FAIR!!!
I wish I had been there - I would've taken the $150 dress I wanted (and just bought) and stuck it on that $14.99 rack.
You probably could've gotten away with a few more sales items if you just moved multiples of them to that rack...
But obviously we honest people wouldn't do that.


to mom: Sleeping Beauty

to the free photos: now you look like a crazy facebook stalker. ahahaha!
but at least you get something free for ruining your reputation.
Just kidding. I'm just jealous.

Don said...

Erin.
If I were you, I wouldn't leave your house for a couple weeks.
I would also avoid black cats, mirrors, and cracks in the sidewalk.
Just to be on the safe side.

And P.S. I am seriously jealous about the dress.

M.M.M. said...

Um...."Don" didn't really care about your dress.
Well, he doesn't really know about your dress. If he had actually read your post, I am confident he would care.

But I care.

In fact, this dress would be ideal for me to wow everyone at my 10 year high school reunion. And as always, this should be about me.

Would you mind exchanging it for one a couple sizes bigger and sending it to me in a couple months?
Thank you.

Aubri said...

Wow...you are awesome! That is a lot of good luck...I'll be the one to bet it will continue :) By the way...you rocked that dress. It really does look fab on you!