Over the summer this thriftiness manifested itself in a visit to a second-hand store, a new frugal venue for me. I had purchased a $20 Groupon worth $40 in clothes from Sophisticated Ladies Consignment Boutique. I left with a cute skirt, top, and capri pants which I have since outgrown. While at the store I signed up to receive their emails regarding sales and special offers. Though as a rule I hate to shop, I can make an exception for bargain opportunities.
Yesterday I received an interesting email from Sophisticated Ladies. They are offering a special consignment store bus tour. Yes, I raised my eyebrows at this also. For $40 you can join other penny-pinching women on a bus which will make stops at 6 different stores. They will also provide you with a boxed lunch and champagne.
Am I the only woman who thinks this is a terrible, if not downright dangerous idea?
- These women are already focused on finding a great deal, as evidenced by the fact that they're willing to pay $40 to be on the consignment store bus in the first place. This makes them more likely to be emotionally or mentally unbalanced.
- Consignment shops rarely have significant floor space. This means women will literally be crawling on top of each other to get at the goods.
- Unless seats on the bus are reserved by customer dress size and they place a limit on the number of each, it's highly probable that a significant portion of these women will be looking for that coveted size 8 or 10. This is extremely dangerous and may result in physical injuries.
- They are giving these women champagne. Dear God. Alcohol will only fuel the fire!