Last Friday evening, as I arrived at the church building for the sewing class I am currently teaching every other week, I was instead welcomed by a surprise baby shower for our newest addition that the ladies had sneakily planned. It truly was a very nice surprise, and totally unexpected. The food was great, and the desserts even more so.
In addition to the gifts I received that evening, I also got two gift cards to two different baby stores. This week, I visited both stores on separate occasions, although I did not end up buying anything at either one yet. I have become somewhat of a "baby gear/clothes/equipment minimalist", so I wanted to think some more about what to buy - probably some clothes once the baby is born, and we know if it's a boy or a girl.
While shopping, I saw this bookcase on CLEARANCE at the first store. Such an outrageous clearance price caught my attention - how much could it possibly have cost regularly?!?
To my amazement, and amusement, I realized that it was $10 less before being put on clearance. What a great deal! Too bad my gift card wasn't quite enough to cover the cost; thus, sadly, I had to pass this sale up.
If this had been any other store than the big bad baby store with the "R" in it, I would have simply assumed that it was a misprint. However, I would not be surprised if it wasn't - I mean, only a very ambitious and extremely hormonal first-time mom would ever consider spending that much money on a bookcase for a baby to begin with. The red "clearance" signs will put her system into even more of an emotional nesting tailspin, so much so, that she may never realize that she is actually paying MORE.
Just a theory, but not too off the wall considering the store. I mean, just look at the other prices in the background - and this was the clearance section!!
At the other store, I looked at a few different items that were priced more reasonably, but since I still was not totally decided on what to get, I sat down and watched the kids play with the toys in the toy aisle instead. After a few minutes, one of them came up to me, indignantly showing me this toy and telling me that it was really bad:
I didn't understand what the big deal was, until he told me "The pirate doesn't have any pants on!" Indeed, he didn't. Not sure if he got plundered, if a sudden gust of wind ripped them off, or if the toy designer in China just felt like being strange that day, but bare he was - except for that funny little red vest and his pirate hat.
While maybe this guy is always wedged between the wheel and the sail, thus making his fashion faux-pas less obvious, the sail behind him is made of clear plastic. Which means that once this ship is taken out of the cardboard box, his naked backside is in plain view.
My kids were scandalized that I just put the toy back on the shelf and did not complain to management on the way out. I'll never hear the end of that!
Aaah, baby shopping.... all I can say is that I am glad I am not pregnant with my first, and glad that when we were expecting our first, we were much too poor to entertain the thought of spending money on overpriced and completely useless baby furniture, because I'm sure I would have wanted to just like anyone else.
I like what I heard one Dad say recently: You don't need any of that stuff, because you just end up holding the baby the whole time anyway. How very true!!