My local closeout store is one of my favorite neighborhood haunts. I am drawn to it on an at least a once-a-week basis. I have bought things there that I normally would not buy, just because they were really cheap and they looked enticing. In my defense, I have also bought useful things there, such as sheets, blankets, Christmas decorations, a stainless steel frying pan, candy and a great hoodie that my friend Ms. Moxie loves to borrow when she visits me because she likes it as much as I do. On the whole, though, this store is a dangerous place for me. My money disappears in there, never to be seen again.
My biggest pet peeve about this place, though, is that they always seem to have tables and tables and scads and scads of things that I don’t need because I already have enough of the same thing. Last weekend they were featuring loads of great looking long-sleeved pullovers. One part of my brain was screaming, “Ooh! Ooh! Nice! Nice! I want! Buy! Buy!” The other part, the sensible, intelligent part, was saying, “What the hell are you going to do with one more pullover when you already have so many of them you probably don’t even know where you have put them all?” Fortunately for my wallet, I listened to the sensible, intelligent brain this time.
However, I will be sure to go back to this same store next weekend, and if they no longer have those pullovers on sale I am possibly going to kick myself for not buying one because they are such a bargain.
Candy corn and Brachs jelly beans are two of the most popular candies ever. If you put out a bowl of either of those it is bound to be consumed quickly. So why do stores only sell loads of candy corn around Halloween and loads of Brachs jelly beans around Easter time? Yes, I know it is possible to find both of them at other times of the year if you really look, but not at my local Walgreens. It seems to me that this is a great business opportunity that is being wasted. Candy corn afficionados are happy to guzzle it at other times besides Halloween, right? So why not take advantage of this and make some money?
Why is it that whatever checkout line you choose at a supermarket or drugstore always turns out to be the slowest one? Are we all equipped with a special radar that beeps inside our heads and beckons us whenever someone ahead of us is going to argue about coupons or specials, have a credit card problem, need a price check or change their mind about buying something after it has already been scanned into the register? That same special radar also beeps and beckons when the cashier is going to be interrupted by that lady who sits in the office in the corner in order to count money in the register. It never fails.
Brachs Candy: http://www.brachs.com/