Monday, September 20, 2010

Italian Conversation with a Purse.

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In spite of a dreadful cold which came on quickly Wed night AND the 3 nights with little sleep; last night my cold began to dry up, and this morning I felt much better. Good thing, because I had to drive my middle baby to the airport. My international babies were still tucked in bed and had big plans for the day. So, here I was with the afternoon to myself, driving right past the city with Value Village right off the highway and early birthday money in my pocket from Mommy & Daddy. Like ... I mean! When's this gonna happen again? In another year? At this age, a woman can't wait that long!
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And it was at Value Village that I proved my latest theory (see yesterday's post).
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Shoes really DO make me feel better!
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Proof?
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These sweet red ones for $5

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These brand-spanking new pair of Denver Hayes boots for $24.95 (original price $129)
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And these gorgeous navy blue slingbacks for $6.99.

The navy blue purse behind the shoes did not come from Value Village but is something I've been searching for for about 3 years. When I set my heart on pursuing MY blue purse, I knew that it couldn't just be ANY blue purse. It had to "speak" to me. And up till today, no other blue purse had spoken -- a few whispered; some mumbled; & there were those that I simply couldn't understand! But this afternoon as I leisurely walked through The Shoe Company (my very first time, may I add), I met a very noisy, very persistant Italian one.
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"Buon giorno" (Good day), it called to me with a sophisticated, classical lilt whilst infusing the air around it with a heady aroma of leather. "Ciao bella!" (Hello beautiful) I said as I gently picked it up and tenderly held it in my arms.
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I tried it on my shoulder -- "Perfezione!" (Perfection)

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I touched it's silky surface and breathed it's scent - "Inebriare!" (Intoxicating)

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Suddenly, I was back in my Mom & Dad's rec room in 1972, and all I could hear was Dean Martin singing. "That's Amore!" and "Lei tutto è" ("You are Everything"). Then I looked at the price tag! More than I wanted to pay!
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I asked a lovely sales-lady if there were more navy blue purses "Around the $50 range". And not willing to part from the object of my affection, I decided to scour the store myself. I picked up 4 others,tried them on for size and carried them with me. But alas! All I could hear was "O Marenariello" ("I Have But One Heart").
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Heading back to the front of the store, I began to hear the beginning strains to "Arriverderci, Roma". But I found it very hard to put her back! You see, she was the last one on the shelf!

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So, I decided to give it one last try. I asked that same lovely sales-lady if this was the very best they could do and reminded her of my price limit. She said something about checking for coupons, disappeared for 5 minutes, and then returned with wonderful news! She handed me a $10 off coupon PLUS she told me that when I checked out at the cash, there was a one day only, "30% off the 1st item" Manager's Special coupon waiting for me!
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"Trionfale!" (Triumphant!) I got the purse for $60! And what an absolute darling of a sales-lady! Un angelo! Just when you think there aren't any of them left in the world, huh!

(Ask me what my new favorite store is, huh? Huh?)
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And as I left The Shoe Company, I swear that I could hear Deano singing "Besame, Besame Mucho" (Kiss Me, Kiss Me Lots).

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But I waited until we were in the car ... alone!

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11 comments:

Terra said...

What a love story of you and the blue purse that spoke tenderly to you in Italian. Cool that you found the angel of a sales clerk to make the courtship work so you could have "your" purse.

High Heeled Life said...

Wow .. You have some very posh Value Village!! Congrats on such wonderful purchases.

But the purse .. the God's of Italian leather were smiling nad the universe worked in sinc to make that purse yours .. ask and will receive !!! XO HHL

Eva Gallant said...

I love the musical blue purse! So glad you were able to purchase it!

Vonlipi said...

that is one sweet purse! I could hear her sing all the way to Quebec!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You are a true shopper for sure and a happy one too! I'm glad you are feeling better and can really enjoy those new purchases.

Nezzy said...

Well who doesn't love a happily ever after story that involves talkin' purses and angels! Heeehehehe! This is just great sweetie, just goes to show ya, it never hurts to ask.

I was once stuck in the dentist office waiting for an emergency to get finished so I could get in. When I entered the exam room DDS apologized for the lengthy wait and I just laughed and told him it was OK, I'd just take my discount. Dang if he didn't give me a half off deal!

Have a great day, betcha your havin' fun with your new tenants.

The Words Crafter said...

First of all, you're a hoot!!!! You may need to check into a center to help deal with your affair with your purse....you may experience severe separation anxiety if you're away from it for more than a quarter hour! :P

Wow, I can't believe the deals you got! Congratulations, especially on the purse. How wonderful to find sales people who didn't want to just take all your money!

Enjoy them!

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Pat MacKenzie said...

I just discovered your blog and am here to stay. I'm a displaced Bluenoser missing the ocean in Alberta. I too am 'aging disgracefully'

Kansas Amy said...

I love the blue shoes and what a steal on the purse! Just beautiful! I'm so envious. Happy blogging! -Your newest follower, Kansas Amy

Splurgie said...

What a beautiful purse! It looks so smart. I love the trip to Italy you took us on. I feel like I've been there!