Friday, January 11, 2008

Thrifty? That's nothing

As we discussed in our previous installment, I am a cheapskate. Too long a time pining away for the very finest a civilized life demands, while under the budgetary constraints similar to those of the average serf, have honed in my soul a spirit of near-pathological cheapness.

This is not to say I'm a tightwad, no. A tightwad is someone who doesn't want to spend money on anything, as opposed to a cheapskate who will spend money if:

a) he can afford to do so

b) the item in question is cheap enough, and

c) the item in question is enough of a bargain.

Here is the item in question. Make a note of that price.

When we were getting married, as is the custom, we put down on the bridal gift registry (among other things) a fine china pattern, and a fine sterling flatware pattern. Ideally, one inherits these things, but whatever I would have inherited stayed in Cuber because it had been used to exploit the proletariat and the police power of the State was brought to bear upon my elders to ensure the working classes were freed from the oppressive yoke of my grandmother and her runcible spoons. (Whatever might've come from Spain was ::cough,cough:: donated to the State in the 1930s to help pay Stalin for Soviet armaments.)

Anyway, we chose our patterns and duly proceeded with nuptial plans. Our friends being who they were in 1993 (broke and clueless) and our families also being who they were (deranged and tightfisted) we might've gotten a couple of demitasse spoons and a cake cutting implement as wedding gifts.

But we have always sighed and pined for this pattern. Actually, no. This pattern was the compromise after TFBIM and self haggled over ornate vs. unadorned. Since we both disliked it evenly, that's what we've gone with. Anyway, imagine my shock when, proceeding through a store with exactly zero interest in effecting a purchase thereat, my eye is arrested by these. They were sitting demurely in a table discreetly labeled "clearance."

The boxes told a tale of lonely waiting, like the bridesmaids of Scripture. Prices had been slowly eroded by the passage of time and disinterested patrons.

So I bought a few.

OK, all of the boxes. At a discount of (according to my rough calculations) 97.92%, it was well nigh irresisistible.


Posted by Joke at 8:18 AM


  • Blogger Frogdancer posted at 3:56 PM, January 11, 2008  
    At that price, I would've fought you for them.

    It could've gotten quite ugly.....
  • Blogger HEATHER posted at 4:37 PM, January 11, 2008  
    I bow before you!!
  • Blogger h&b posted at 6:16 PM, January 11, 2008  
    That setting is *gorgeous* !!

    Like you, we had a wedding attended by paupers and tightarses.
    No heirlooms for us either.

    I'm building my own history from eBay and chuckouts :)
  • Blogger bluemountainsmary posted at 7:06 PM, January 11, 2008  
    Being a spender does not mean I like to miss out on bargains.

    That is an absolute steal!

    And, moreover, beautiful.
  • Blogger Stomper Girl posted at 7:19 PM, January 11, 2008  
    Fantastic. I love a good bargain story.
  • Blogger BreadBox posted at 8:48 PM, January 11, 2008  
    Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations on the steal! But what I am interested in is this: was it you, or TFBYM who wanted ornate? Have to say that *I* like the pattern because it *isn't* ornate....
  • Blogger crafty posted at 9:12 PM, January 11, 2008  
    Actually, I would call that ornate.

    There is nothing I love more than the thrill of a good bargain. Nothing. That was a good bargain.
  • Blogger shula posted at 9:58 PM, January 11, 2008  
    from a third generation, self-declared bargain diva...


    Are the man.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 1:12 AM, January 12, 2008  
    TFBIM is the ornatrix. I consider this pattern ornate, myself...but tolerably so.

  • Blogger teachergirl posted at 11:13 AM, January 12, 2008  
    I thought LawyerBoy had made a killing in the silver market, but you are a silver god. At that price, I would have changed silver patterns.
  • Blogger Sharon posted at 12:09 PM, January 13, 2008  
    Being a total appreciator of the finer things (if acquired at bargain-basement prices), I salute you. Quite a coup.

    My equivalent is my beloved nativity set, at 93.3% off. You win!
  • Blogger Major Bedhead posted at 10:41 PM, January 14, 2008  
    Wow. Whatta bah-gin.

    That's lovely flatware. It's not Repousse, which is a very, very good thing.
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