TO MARKET, TO MARKET

Nov 14, 2014 by

TO MARKET, TO MARKET
CASH, COMPFY SHOES, GO!

CASH, COMPFY SHOES, GO!

The day was finally here – the Boston Marathon of the shopping world had arrived.  It was the Dallas Market Sample Sale.  I had saved a little stash of $$$, just like my friend Linda had suggested, and made a hit list of things I wanted to look for.  I had planned what my tactical gear would be and compfy shoes were at the top of the list.  A room was reserved at The Renaissance Hotel and I was to meet Janey there.  She had made a last minute trip to Washington DC so she would take a cab from the airport.  Anyway, I said good bye to Dennis and Mitch and headed for Big D.  My plan was to stay off I-35 and go through Hico, stop at the Koffee Kup Cafe for lunch and ease in the the city via the back way.  Note to self:  time your KK stop for any time other than noon.  I get back in the car and enjoy the drive through Glen Rose and finally get to Dallas.  I pulled into the hotel porte-cochere, give my keys to the valet, and walk in where I see Janey and join her in the restaurant.  I give her a “I can’t believe we’ve pulled this off” hug and sit down for a glass of wine.  It’s official,

AISLE AFTER AISLE OF STUFF

AISLE AFTER AISLE OF STUFF

the girls getaway had begun!  We go up to the room and wait for six o’clock, the time when the doors open.  At 5:45, we walk over to the Market Center that is right next door to the hotel-we feel very smug about our choice of stay.  We have a printed copy of our admission ticket and walk to the back of the line that wraps around the building.  You can tell the veterans—there’re the ones with the little grocery shopping carts.  A cute young woman comes by and asks for our ticket and gives us a bright green cloth shopping bag.  The line starts moving, we round the corner, go through the doors and there it is…..Cue the car screeching sound…..It looks like one huge garage sale.  Table after table of stuff that just blended together with partitions that looked like old fashioned operating room

MY CUTE TURQUOISE UGGS WERE A FIND

MY CUTE TURQUOISE UGGS WERE A FIND

floor screens.  We stick close together and decide to have an organized plan and start on the right side and zig-zag back to the left of the warehouse size building. We start making mental notes of goodies to come back for until we get to the UGG booth and I make my first purchase.  Okay, the ice is broken-the first blood is drawn.  Along about the middle of the room, we start getting overwhelmed.  All the stuff started looking the same.  Janey makes a couple of purchases and we go back to the hotel-very glad we don’t have to drive.  We take our treasures upstairs, then come back down to the hotel restaurant, Asador, and have light appetizers and excellent margaritas.  The next morning we gear up and go back to the shopping mecca.  This time, we split up and meet back in one hour.  Oh, what a difference a day makes.  All of a sudden, I start really getting in there and finding things that I really like.  I begin zeroing in on cute little sweaters, fun little western style dresses and tons of fashion jewelry.  There are good deals on furs, but I haven’t worn a fur, including my full length mink, in years.  Why on earth would I buy another one?   I meet Janey at the appointed hour and see she has gotten in the swing of things, too.  We

RECKLESS ANGEL IS A WONDERFUL FIND WITH A DARLING OWNER

RECKLESS ANGEL IS A WONDERFUL FIND WITH A DARLING OWNER

continue till closing time.  Wait….weren’t we the ones who were going back early?  Who were those two women lugging back all those shopping bags?  This time, when we get back to the room, there is not even a mention of going out for dinner.  We think we have just enough energy to take the elevator down to the restaurant and have a much more hearty dinner than we did the night before (I highly recommend the homemade fries).   The next morning, we can’t wait to go back over and make one final canvass of the candy store.  We check out of the hotel and Chace puts our bags in the holding tank and we head for a final approach to what has now become our Nirvana.  I’m telling you, it has become like crack.  You want more and more and more and just can’t get enough.  Somebody help me, help me puhleeze help me.

JEWELRY IS A REALY GOOD DEAL

JEWELRY IS A REALY GOOD DEAL

I continue and am okay with being an addict who knows she’s out of control.  Just about the time I start mainlining seven dollar earrings, these two things at the bottom of my legs started screaming.  Reality and really sore feet tell me it is lights out.  At that point, there is nothing in that room that could make me want to shop one minute longer.  Tah-tah.  Adios.  Arrivederci.  It is lights out.  The fat lady has finally sung.  I see Janey and can immediately tell she has had all the fun she can stand and is ready to go.  We walk back one more time to the hotel, get the bags, have the valet bring the car around, drive over to the market building, pull up in the fire lane and I go back in to get the fabulous lamp I bought from ART.  A nice, strong young man puts it on a cart and I hold the

ONE OF OUR BEST FINDS: NECKLACES THAT ARE ALSO SOLD AT THE AMON CARTER MUSEUM AND HOW ABOUT THAT RING!

ONE OF OUR BEST FINDS: NECKLACES THAT ARE ALSO SOLD AT THE AMON CARTER MUSEUM AND HOW ABOUT THAT RING!

shade up over my head thinking that would make people take notice and part like Moses did the Red Sea.  Apparently, nobody saw the movie because they wouldn’t budge (by this time the masses had converged).  I think you could have screamed fire and those women would have just looked at you with a get out of my way, take no prisoners sneer and kept shopping.  Anyway, we make it to the car, find one little spot where the lamp can sit nicely and we pull out of the parking lot.  We get on the freeway and congratulate each other on our spoils, miss the turn to Cleburn, recoup and head for home.  It dawns on us we are starving and pull over for a fried pie which tides us over till Hico.  We pull into the Koffee Kup and it is still packed (at 3:30pm) but at least we can get a booth.  I can’t decide between enchiladas or the cheeseburger.  I order both.  I’ll take the enchiladas home for dinner.  Janey goes with the chicken livers.  Of course, we have an end of camp piece of pie.  Le must.  We waddle back to the car and are like a horse heading for the barn.  Except for a quick stop to get gas, we fly low and are in Marble Falls in record time.  I wish I could repeat the phrase my Uncle Harley would call something that goes very, very fast –  it make no sense but it surely is funny.  Anyway, Janey calls Bill who gets to my house just about the same time we pull in.  Bill loads her

MORE JEWELRY BARGAINS

MORE JEWELRY BARGAINS

bags and Dallas loot and Janey and I give each other a tribal end of hunt hug and they drive off.  Mitch is so happy to see me and Dennis is, too.  I show off all my spoils and tell Dennis about the fun we had.  I now know what they mean by “retail therapy”.  By the way, I’ve already marked my calendar for next year’s sale.  I guess that twelve step program has it’s limits.                                                  BTW-   I love your comments!  For you newbies, look in the upper right corner and add your name to the email list.

MY EARTHY, ORGANIC LAMP WAS A STEAL

MY EARTHY, ORGANIC LAMP WAS A STEAL

SHARON DAVIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ART-a creative home furnishings network.  They do good things.

SHARON DAVIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ART-a creative home furnishings network. They do good things.

WE TAKE TIME OUT FOR A FULL BODY CHAIR MASSAGE

WE TAKE TIME OUT FOR A FULL BODY CHAIR MASSAGE

Enter Your Mail Address

Related Posts

Tags

Share This

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: