|People lining up at the new Jo-Ann, ready for their giftcards!|
Let's hear it for one of the most exciting holidays- PAYDAY! It happens every other Friday AND it's fun to say! Seriously. Say it out loud. No, with more excitement. That's close, but you're still not selling it- nowwww ya got it- PAYDAY FRIDAY!
A funny side note: Back when I was young and poor, it wasn't PAYDAY FRIDAY that I celebrated. Well- it isn't as if I'm just old and rich, now- but you know what I'm talkin' about, right? When I was 'young and poor,' I celebrated HOT CHECK THURSDAY. Think of that as Christmas Eve to payday Friday. I would go out to buy things (usually only necessities) and write a paper check. Because it wouldn't hit the bank before my paycheck did- so it wasn't technically a HOT check, but maybe a bit toasty.
Anybody who's been within earshot of me that past week or so has heard me go on and on about the new JO-ANN location, here in beautiful Oklahoma City. Before, back in the dark ages that were, just a few months ago, we had an 'old' Jo-Ann. Small. Mostly fabric. Usually one employee to cut the fabric then run up front to play cashier. And a very small, badly stocked, sad and pathetic craft section. Depressing. The nearest 'big' Jo-Ann was in Norman, which is a boring forty minute drive away. So when I heard that we were getting a big, shiny, brand new Jo-Ann, I was pumped. One more place to use a forty percent off coupon! Whooo!
But why was I so excited about the Grand Opening party? Yeah, they really opened two weeks ago, and yes- I'd already been twice. BUT, for their grand opening celebration, they were not only featuring a FIFTY percent off coupon, but they were also giving away a FREE TEN DOLLAR GIFT CARD to the first one hundred people! I was determined to the one of those first one hundred people.
I talked up my favorite partner in crime, the infamous Holly Busch, into joining me. She's crafty and hilarious. And a major Pinterest addict. For real- she was even re-pinning stuff while we were waiting to get into the store. And wait, we did...
Discussing out game plan the night before, we decided we should definitely arrive early. At the same time, we decided it's only a ten dollar gift card, so we wouldn't be TOO early. Time is money, too. And, time is sleep. Since I had decided to use a vacation day, to have the time off of work, I didn't care too much for waking up BEFORE I usually do! We decided to arrive an hour before their 9:00am opening time. That proved to be just right- because we were FIRST in line. Here I am, starting the line:
As soon as we started our line- a couple of ladies got out of their mini-van to join us. They told us about some backwoods home remedy, some kind of tree sap, that one of the ladies was using to treat a cut on her hand. The other lady told Holly how her husband was waiting in the mini-van, sick, and unable to eat for three days. They were going to take him to the hospital as soon as they got their craft shopping finished. Priorities, people.
Here we are, waiting for all the fun to begin:
Oh! The doors are open! I am handed my giftcard! Here it is- right in my hot little inky hand:
They are also having drawings for high-dollar giftcards. I better win. I'll even turn up the volume on my cell phone ringer, just to make sure I don't miss the call to tell me I've one a 500.00 giftcard. And when I do, I'll return all the stuff I bought today, and then buy it all right back up again. See, people, always have a plan.
Look at all these serious shoppers! Is this Black Friday? And look at that, Jo-Ann went all out with the grand opening party decor. Four balloons.
I was hopped up on Diet Dr. Pepper and adrenaline. Everything seemed to be discounted, and every item on the shelves seemed to be calling my name and promising sexual favors.
The Tim Holtz dies and embossing folders were all on sale. 11.99 for the Bigz dies, 9.59 for the Movers 'n Shapers, and 6.59 for the 'Texture Fades' embossing folders. I couldn't pass that up- so I got all of the ones I didn't have... Suffering a tiny shred of buyer's remorse, now. How many times will I use that damn Umbrella Man embossing folder?! No! I need it!
I also think that I like to own one of EVERYTHING, because- when inspiration strikes, I love being able to HAVE the stuff. Right there. I also love having friends over, and having a huge supply of stock, just ready for happy fun creative time. That brings me joy. Wait, am I rationalizing all this to you or me?!
We eventually wore ourselves out and went up to pay- oh! Another free gift! These cool shopping bags! I like the retro design, reminds me of Mid-Century barkcloth.
Here I am, in the parking lot, posing in front of my junky, giant 4-wheel drive truck, with my receipt:
And here, I notice the grand total on that receipt:
I got home and laid out my new stuff. Ladies and Gentlemen: The Haul, Part 1, JO-ANN:
Whoa, Kory, what do you mean, the HAUL: PART ONE? Because, ladies and gentlemen- I didn't stop at Jo-Ann.....
to be continued...