it all started when the boyfriend decided that before we went to the mall, we should go to cliff’s in saco to get our thrifting on. i thought it would be safe! usually their stuff is ok, but a little overpriced. but there she was- the most perfect vintage ceramic nurses head- the perfect book end for my cherry ames collection! $19 (ouch, but i had to have it). oh, and a giant weeble for $2. $21 down.
target was actually ok. i bought 2 rolls of 50% off wrapping paper for $4, a bin for xmas ornaments for $4.50, and 2 boxes of morningstar chix nuggets @ $1.64 each after coupons. total, $11.78.
when we walked into the old navy, lines were crazy long- and we both thought that we would take a quick zoom around, be disappointed with everything, and walk out. but the sale was so good! 60% off lots of good things (i picked up 3 pairs of tights @ $2.60 each, and 2 3-packs of my favorite underpants for $4.80 each). and miracle of miracles, i also picked up a pair of $15 jeans that actually fit me well (i have an unusual body configuration that doesn’t like pants)! oh, and somehow a really cute scarf and umbrella also jumped into my cart on my way to the check out line… oops! $47 more dollars gone. (the boyfriend actually left with $94 worth of stuff, so i feel slightly less bad in comparison).
then we were supposed to go home. except that we were hungry for chinese food… so we had a little pit stop at the oriental table (my favorite chinese restaurant ever) in the old port for cashew bean curd and orange soda. our waitress was a little young and not really paying attention, so i eventually ended up with cashew beef (sent back), and fried wontons which also had meat in them… 25 minutes later, my hastily prepared bean curd wasn’t really doing it for me. $15 disappears.
in order to make up the dinner deficit, i stopped off at the corner store on middle street to buy popcorn and cheddar cheese (grate the cheese, throw it on the warm popcorn, and hose the whole things down with butter). did i mention that the cheese cost $5! how could i!? oh, and $2.50 for the popcorn… $7.50 total.
well, then i decided that i wanted to watch a horror movie that i hadn’t seen before…. across the street to the videoport (best movie rental store ever), and 1 movie (mirrors with kiefer sutherland- terrible), turned into three (skeleton key & vampire’s kiss). $7 for the lot.
since we were already there, we also decided to jaunt across the hall to the bullmoose to see what was going on. at that point, any last shreds of restraint i had were gone. i found a used copy of a movie i’d been looking for for ages (choke) for $3, and then figured i might as well grab a few more things since i was spending all my money anyway… (suspiria, and dying to be thin). $29 more down the rabbit hole.
$138.28… gone forever.