I love a good Carnival but this is not the one I visited Wed. of this week. SORRY in advance for the LONG story today. If you speed read and skip, read the last 3 paragraphs which is the point of the post.
I retired in Sept. 2006, the month before retirement I purchased 2 blue, 2 black fake Crocs. Since then I have only purchase 2 pairs of shoes!
(I'll wait while all the women get up off the floor from fainting at this statement)
I searched with the help of Google (yet another shocker) and found 2 stores that were less than 2 miles from home that sold Crocs. I love the comfort.
I found Shoe Carnival.... all the brand names and lots of easy walker sandals, yes, I know you are thinking it is winter, but not here, we wear sandals year round.
See the black shoe top right? that is what I wanted. I can't order shoes, I have 2 toes on left foot and one ankle on right leg that hurt in almost every shoe I put on. I HAVE to try on shoes before I buy.
I stepped inside a 3 acre store full of shoes and oh WOW a banner hung said buy one get 2nd half price... the girl at the counter pointed me to the Old Lady Sandal Aisle... (that means comfort not style)
I went right to this Clark's Liesa Cacti and they only had the shoe in Blue, not denim or dark but almost aqua. I slid my foot in and it felt like walking on marash mallows, did not hurt any of my pain points.
I wanted that shoe but I did not want blue, pulled out at least 10 different styles in my size and color and NONE felt good. Goldilocks could not find anything that wss Just Right except the blue.
If you know me, you know I have been chatting like crazy with another lady who was 15 years younger, while we both tried on shoes.
The chatting started when she said what do you think of this shoe, I said OMG you have to buy it. it looks fantastic on you leg, it elongates it. she said i don't need longer legs, I said come look in the mirror. She did and said I see what you mean.I have to have these.
I said well, I don't want blue so I will get nothing. She said wait. Did you try the clearance aisle around the corner? I turned the corner and there sat The Shoe in my Size. in the brown natural color. The sign said the clearance items were not a part of the buy one pair get the 2nd half price and were only 25 percent off,
I put it on and said to her Thank you, thank you, thank you, let me see what this will cost as I took it up to the darling and oh so pretty 18 year old cashier. I said what is the price, I will just get one pair and forget the 2nd pair. She said I will make an exception if you want to order the same shoe in black as your 2nd pair. It will be free shipping to your door by Monday.
She finagled and finagled the prices to come up with which one should be half price... I said can I use these printed coupons I got off the internet? She said Oh Sure, never shop with out coupons.
She rang it up and said that is $98.00 and we can use the 10,00 coupon. But if you buy something for 2 dollars you can use the $20.00 off coupon. I grabbed Bob's favorite Reese's Peanut bar and she said you need 50 cents. she grabbed a pack of gum for 50 cents and said this will do it. Bingo....
I got to 2 pairs of perfect sandals, 70.00 each, for $80.00 for both, including tax.... Are you cheering now? clapping with me?
Guess what I did? i went to the Other Shopper who showed me the clearance rack and said will these coupons help you? she was delirious with happiness... she had enough shoes to use the 30.00 coupon....
The shoppers and the cashier were happy and we all had fun and laughter.... Yes, the girl told me she is 18 and the Other Shopper said she was 56.. don't even ask why we were discussing ages..You might have to read another 20 minutes.
PS: in todays email I got one that says the shipped my new TAN shoes... not the black we ordered.. OH WELL... back to the returns line.