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Next Saturday is the semi-formal at the high school and my daughter, Kelly, wanted to shop for a dress out of town (heaven forbid she be seen in a local dress).  I’ve been telling her for weeks that i can’t manage semi until Christmas is over so, beginning December 26th, she’s been priming me for a trip to Rochester...all the while i’m thinking that the dance is the 17th.  Come to find out, the dance is the 10th, so my time was running short.  I guilted huz into driving us to Rochester yesterday on the condition that we’d be home by 4:00 so that he could see the play-off games.  

As is my husband’s nature, he thought maybe we’d try a more scenic/direct route than the typical expressway route.  Whenever he decides on a different route, i get nervous...these alternative routes most generally end up taking FAR longer.  Yep, it happened again.  We‘re meandering through the back roads of upstate NY and, while it is a pretty ride, time is ticking away.  He managed to turn a 75 minute ride into a 105 minute ride and my kids’ eyes were nearly rolling out of their head by the time we arrived at the Eastview Mall.

We found a good parking spot outside Macy’s and decided to start there.  The men took off and Kelly began yanking every dress in her size off every rack.  I was more disceringing in my tastes and refrained from grabbing anything i didn’t feel would fit, look nice or be appropriate.  In the end, i had 3 dresses in my hand and Kelly had at least 15.  Once Kelly was certain that there wasn’t another dress in her size in the store, we moved to the dressing room.  Kelly and I and the 15+ dresses squeezed into a dressing room and set to trying them on.

The first dress Kelly tried on was one I had chosen.  It was very different; a black and dark gray flapper-type, mid-thigh dress loaded with sequins and other eye-catching stuff.  (You’d have to know my daughter to appreciate how perfect this type of dress is for her).  Once this dress was on, she ooohhh-ed and aaahhh-ed...actually, we both did.  I snuck a peek at the price but remained very quiet.  I have learned to keep my opinion to myself and just let it flow where clothes and Kelly are concerned.  We both agreed that the dress was pretty cool but we also agreed that she should try every dress on before deciding if she wanted it.  Kelly tried all the dresses on and we learned just what does and does not work with her body type.  In the end, she chose the first dress...forgoing my offer to shop elsewhere.  We were both laughing at how bizarre it was to end up with the very first dress she tried on but i wasn’t complaining!  It’s unusual, but i was loving it!

The dress was originally $90, marked down to $23!!!  To the cashier we went and, when asked if i had a Macy’s charge card, i replied that i did but wasn’t going to use it.  The cashier then informed me that, by using my Macy’s charge i would save another 20%.  Out came the Macy’s charge card!  LOL

In the end, this dress cost me just over $18, including tax!  The bracelets and hair stuff we bought for Kelly to wear cost more than that!!



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      Karyn Olson wrote Jan 4, 2009
    • What a steal....happy
      I didn’t know what to buy my daughter for Christmas so I went and bought her some clothes...I bought a pair of jeans that were marked down 50% off...I figured 20 not bad for a pair of jeans...especially for a plus size woman...anyways when I got to the checkout and they swiped the tag...I was in total disbelief of the price...6.92...LMAO...I gave them this little jump of joy and paid for it...with the saving I got on that I was able to pick out another outfit...so she ended up with 2 outfits for Christmas...for the price of one...and she was happy...very happy...:)



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 4, 2009
    • Girl, I need to give you money and will you shop for me... you are such a bargain shopper!



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      Cheryl Guy wrote Jan 4, 2009
    • I work at Macy’s & I have a stack of Christmas items on hold just waiting to be 90% off before I will buy them. Now is a great time to shop because everyone wants to get rid of their merchandise before inventory. I just bought a fiber bed for my son’s bed that was originally $50 and I got it for $14.



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      Daphne wrote Jan 4, 2009
    • i’m having a hard time NOT going to my local Macy’s today!  LOL

      I left a brown wrap shirt on the rack a week or so ago and it’s been haunting me ever since!



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 4, 2009
    • Woo, Cheryl, please let us know about the big sale all the time.  We love you more to pieces.



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      Darla5 wrote Jan 4, 2009
    • I love hearing stories like this. How fun!!!

      A good reason for me to go out and shop!!!!



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      Inakika wrote Jan 4, 2009
    • Daphne, make sure you post LOTS of pictures of your daughter and her dress. I can’t wait to see how pretty she looks!



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      Psalmist wrote Jan 4, 2009
    • okay, we‘re sisters for real.  love shopping!  online and in the stores, but i sometimes wish i had my sister’s gift.  you all know the gift.  y‘know the one that no matter what they buy, wherever they buy it, or when, THEY ALWAYS GET A SALE PRICE!  Daphne, are you one of those? I am trying not to be jealous, but it’s the running family joke.  my sister just “happened” to run into a store before thanksgiving, thinking about buying a tv, not even seriously considering it, asked the salesman about what they had and walked out with a 47” flatscreen for $700, brand new, NOT the floor model.  These things start at $1,000. j‘see what i mean? anyway, not trying to hate...

      Daphne i'm with ingrid.  yes, please post pix so we can see.



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      Daphne wrote Jan 4, 2009
    • Psalmist...i seem to be getting better at scoring the bargains.  I can’t take much credit for that, though...so much of it is coincidence.

      I will definitely take lots of pics.  I just hope this crazy dress photographs well.  I’m afraid it’s going to be another houndstooth check thing!  LOL



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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 18, 2009
    • What a steal!! Now if she won’t wear it again for any other function...then sell it on EBAY and you can probably make more than what you paid for it.  Just a suggestion...I know how those girls can’t wear the same dress twice.



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