We arrived Thursday night so that we could scout out the sales on Friday and plan our attack. My battle plan would make a general proud. I listed time to visit each store, what we needed to buy at that store and the discount rate. Beginning at 6:00 am the plan scheduled out several shops, when to eat breakfast, when to change out of pajamas and when to get a soft pretzel for a snack.
You may laugh, but we take PJ sale day seriously. I hit a great store that had baby clothes for 35% off and with two granddaughters expected this spring and summer, it was hard to keep from buying a LOT! There are about 2 men for every 1000 women--seriously. Two of the men play bluegrass music in the Mercantile, starting at 6:00 am.
Then down to the coffee store to get reduced coffee beans and to the Sock store to get 40% off of Smart Wool socks. We give all our kids socks for Christmas and I like to give quality socks and I picked up a few pair for myself. Gail and Bob got the coffee, Larry and I the socks. The problem is, you can only get the discounts if you wear your PJs, and only Gail and I had them on. The guys were dressed in their civilian clothes and needed one of us with them to get the deals.
We went to the music store and picked up an awesome harmonica and various musical necessities. Then off to the Carhart store to get some much needed clothing. Then the pretzel--next we hit the meat market to get 10% off of the amazing no-hormone, no added antibiotic meat. We always take at least one cooler for this part of the trip.
Back for breakfast--it is only 9:00 am! Change clothes as the we have hit all the jammie sales we are going to. Then out to pick up amazing Amish caramel-cinnamon doughnuts and to Weaver's furniture to check out their show room. We finish with lunch at another bakery [soup and sandwiches] and head home.
Our jeep was full, our pockets empty and we are about laughed out. A great time every year!
Photos, top to bottom:
- Gail and I as we start out the morning--buying stuff for grandbabies.
- The musicians, playing their hearts out when they would have rather been in bed
- Me at the meat store
- Bob and Larry in the music store
- Mostly ladies getting their 6:30 am caffeine fix.