Monday, April 16, 2012
I actually bought something new!
As I wandered around some of the park's gift shops, I was overcome with the commonly shared thought of many a garage sale picker-the "I can buy it cheaper at a yard sale" syndrome. We've all been there. It's that pesky voice inside your head developed from years of attending yard sales. How can you not think this way? At garage sales, you'll find expensive Disney stuff happily purchased for full-blown Disney park retail. Now that same piece of expensive plastic is relegated to a driveway blanket and priced for pennies on the original dollar. Seeing this over and over again, you can't help but get inoculated against paying Disney retail!
It even hit me on our last day in Disney World-an always vulnerable time when most tourists open their wallets for one last sentimental purchase. In our case, we had just finished watching the awesome fireworks over the castle. As the crowds were surging for the exits, we decided to stop to look in the shops on Main Street one last time. Mrs. Dude kept insisting I buy a Disney shirt, pointing out pricey $40 dollar polo shirts with Mickey embroidered on the chest. I nearly broke into a cold sweat as I resisted this last minute buying pressure! But despite Mrs. Dude's insistence, I couldn't stop thinking that I've seen a million of those polo shirts in the Goodwill Store. The price there isn't $40, it's 4 ! So why would I buy an expensive shirt in the park when I can grab one for much less? Mrs. Dude rolled her eyes, insisting that I had to buy something as a memento of the vacation. Finally worn down by all the pressure, I buckled and settled on a "distressed"Disney baseball cap. I figured that even if I could find the same hat at Goodwill I would never buy it there. Who wants to wear someone's used hat? Even the Dude is a little skeeved by that notion. So I shelled out a whopping $20 for my Disney cap. In addition to the cap being a nice memento, it also serves a very practical purpose. I'll wear it on Saturday mornings at the garage sales!
Now just to set the record straight, I am not "'Cruella de Vil" when it comes to spending the dough! Although I may be garage sale thrifty, I won't let it spoil the family's fun. The kids pretty much bought what they wanted, Fortunately for me, they didn't go crazy on my debit card. The Vinylmation Disney figures seem to be the biggest seller with all the kids, including mine. (I'll need to watch out for those things at the garage sales.) Overall, I am not exactly sure how much the family spent in those Disney shops, but frankly it's probably best that I don't know. Ignorance is bliss!
Do you ever get the "I can buy it cheaper" syndrome when on vacation? Have you spotted something you knew could be scooped up for less money at the garage sales? Tell me your thrifty vacation story....
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