Friday, September 07, 2007

A Visual

A Visual
Originally uploaded by lasassone
Recently through a couple yahoo embroidery lists I heard that Wal-Mart stores across the USA were getting rid of their DMC floss and had put them on sale for 10 cents. I thought our store had not done that because recently (before our trip-more later on that) I was there and it was still 28 cents which had been their normal price.

So ... yesterday off I toddled to the closest Wal-Mart store about 11 a.m. where I found the rumor was true and they WERE on sale for 10 cents each. SO.........

I started going through the 3 round spinning racks which I soon found DID have a system to follow the numbers. Wherever I could I bought two of each color they still had. The singles I found I set aside in case I found one to match. Let me tell you - those racks were a MESS! But when I left they were not!

With a carry basket half full I got in a short line and soon there were 3 or 4 people behind me. When I put the basket up on the counter and the cashier and I started laughing, there were many curious glances thrown our way. When the people behind me saw that each skein had to be scanned separately, they ran to other lines like rats deserting a sinking ship!

The cashier turned off her light so no one would get in line and she and I with the help of another employee began laying the skeins out in lines with the upc codes up. That way the cashier could zap each with the scan gun and then sweep that row into the bag. I don't know how long that took, but I had spent a great deal of time going through those 3 round racks - part of it sitting on the floor! What I don't understand though is why they need the codes recorded if they don't need the info for inventory. If they aren't going to carry the floss anymore, why keep track. Ah well........

So, meanwhile back at the cashier's counter, the 3 of us are chatting and becoming friendly and sharing "mom-stories". When the cashier finished scanning and pushed the button to print the receipt, it just kept on printing and printing.....all 650 items! There were doubles of 300 colors plus 50 singles not pictured. You can see the receipt there on the table folded in half. It measures 83 inches long. It created quite a stir! The cashier said that was a record for her since she had worked there - it might be a store record, who knows! It is surely MY record.

Remember I said I left home at 11:00 a.m.? Well, I got home at 1:50 p.m. Allowing for the 20 min. it took me to go and come home (10 min. each way), I was still there a long time. By the way, after going through one rack I had a fleeting thought that I had bit off more than I could chew. But faced with the daunting task of putting what I had in the basket all back, I just made my self comfy and kept going through all 3 racks.

Hint to anyone off to Wal-Mart to try this: Hide a folding stool somehow in your purse. You have to stand up to see the top 3 or 4 trays on those racks but you can sit for the bottom trays. I really could have used a stool!

Priceless was the look on my dh's face when I came home, pulled the receipt from the bag and said: "Well, I was worried that I wouldn't find anything to spend my Social Security check on this month, but I'm not worried anymorer!"

I also said:

Except maybe for red..............

Notice the teeny pile of red? Well, Obviously some redwork embroiderer(s) got there ahead of me. All the bins for the popular colors for Redwork like 304 and 321 were totally empty.

Today a friend pointed out that I should have bought all the white and ecru so I could dye it. Gosh I didn't even think of that at the time!

Maybe I need to go back!


*BB* said...

OMG if I had been into embroidery when I was visiting the US I would have bought the lot even at 28 cents!! It's $1.40 on average here in New Zealand and even second hand you bought $150 worth here!! You got quite a score there!! I have been hearing bout Walmart getting rid of their fabric section but their DMC threads too? Thats crazy! It takes up such a small space!

woof nanny said...

Wow, what a deal! If you know anyone who embroiders, it would make a great stocking stuffer (yes I'm already thinking about Christmas).
To answer your question, Photo Friday is my take on Photobooth Friday (from the lovely Hula Seventy). I don't have enough photobooth shots, so I substitute with vintage finds or family photos). :)

woof nanny said...

Oh, and I forgot to say that there are a couple photobooth groups on Flickr. If you click on any of my images, they will lead to my flickr page, and you can see which group pool I've posted to. I love flickr!

Ati. Norway. said...

Hi, the tittle of your blog is getting to crazy, it was the right tittle this time LOL, 650 skeins of floss LOL, you are obligated now to be 100 years old and embroider all the time.
Maybe I had done the same, you have had a super bargain! One skein of dmc costs $3,20 here in Norway. That's why I use more and more Sassa Lynne perle fine for my CQ.