On Wednesday, I drove up to Ventura to spend a day with my mother-in-law. She had talked about taking me to the Thrift stores and honestly, I didn’t really care too much about it, because I thought they would be ordinary “second-hand” stores with a lot of crap. Boy, was I wrong.
We went to two Thrift stores and they were selling everything you can think of… shoes, clothes, furniture, kitchenware, books, videos, etc.
We looked around and a lot of the stuff was indeed “crap” and I was wondering who in the world would buy this stuff again, but to my surprise there was also a lot of good stuff, almost “brand-new” stuff for very (!) little money. I bought seven items [including a pair of boots] for $19. Can you believe this?
Here’s what I bought: a pair of boots for $3.99, a summer dress for $2.95, night panties for $1.95, jeans shorts for $1.95, a summer skirt for $0.99, a top for $4.95 and another black top for $1.99. Most of this stuff wasn’t even from “no name” brands, but several items were from well-known apparel stores.
This is how I like to shop :)
J’s Mom took me out for lunch at a Mexican Grill and afterwards we went to Nordstrom’s Rack and looked around some more, but honestly, after making these bargains, I didn’t feel like buying anything anymore.
So we went home, I had a nice chat with J’s Dad and I stayed till after dinner, because I didn’t want to hit traffic on my way back to LA.
When I got home, there were another two surprises awaiting me.
First, the camcorder that J had ordered from CANON had arrived, which means that we can start recording some video footage to put on the Internet soon. It’s a really cool, high-definition camcorder that you can also use to take photos. I am totally excited about trying it out. It even has a remote :) Very useful for the 365 days project!
Second, the care-package that my parents and sister had sent for my birthday, finally arrived. It had “only” been four weeks and the package arrived in one piece, so I was in high spirits :) Maybe, the postal service had somehow magically managed to not f**k this up this time.
But you shouldn’t count your chickens before they’re hatched… and I was disappointed once again.
When I opened the package, I noticed that the flour that my parents had sent me in order to bake dark bread, had spilled out into the box. I was swearing at my Dad for not putting the flour bags into separate plastic bags to prevent them from being damaged. I was able to save some of the flour though.
The next morning, I called my sister to tell her that the package had finally arrived and she was asking me how I liked the “surprise” birthday present that she put in the package. I told her that I liked the little book very much, but she said “The book is from Mom. Didn’t you find a little package with a concealer in the package? And what about the moisturizer?”
Well, as it turns out, my sister had bought me new moisturizer from our cosmetician and also had bought a concealer at our local perfumery to surprise me with – BUT, both items had NOT been in the package. That’s when I realized that the flour bags hadn’t been damaged during the transportation either [although the package looked pretty battered], but that SOMEONE had opened the package, had taken stuff out and most likely cut open the flour bags to check the contents of the bag.
I am SO pissed. The moisturizer and concealer alone were worth more than 40 Euros and they were not the only stuff missing.
There was NO sticker on the package indicating that it had been opened by customs. However, it was obvious – after looking more closely – that the package had been ripped open on the side and later been resealed with transparent tape [which my Dad and sister hadn’t used to seal the package].
I just don’t know what to say anymore. Why does this sh*t always happen to me? If this happens to me ALL THE F***ING TIME, it must happen to others, right?!
We’re going to file a complaint AGAIN. They’re messing with the wrong people. The package was insured and they’ll have to pay for it. PERIOD.