November 16, 2009
You spot two dresses you like.
One is black, cut right above the knee, in a warm and cozy fabric, with regular folds at the waist that give it that little something extra.
The other is navy blue, with a peephole v-neckline and a button-up back, in a flouncy silk-cotton blend.
One is winter.
The other is summer.
One announces "responsible." It can go from job interview to lunch with the in-laws to matinee at the symphony.
The other whispers trouble.
Each is splurgeably priced, but together, they are too expensive.
WHICH DO YOU GO FOR????
Solution: You get the price down on both!
Dress one was $100 (from $230), dress two was $90 (from $220). I took them both up to the counter, looking undecided, and made a tentative case: "I like them both, but I'm not sure which to get."
The guy looked at me like, "And what am I supposta do."
I continued: "So I was wondering, do you think you could do some kind of discount? Perhaps 10 percent off, or both for $175?"
"That's too low. I'm sorry."
"I see. It's just that $190 is over my budget."
"I can do $10 off. That's it. Is that ok?"
I thought about it. $180 for two very different dresses. Haven't gone shopping in ages. I've been working and saving -- and every time I wear them, I'd remember this trip.
"Sure. That's fine. Thank you."
He rang me up and handed me the receipt to sign.
"Your total comes to $169."
"$10 off of each dress."
"Oh, really?! Great! Thanks!"
The shop's handwritten business card states the address is 2 Prince Street. I just googled the phone number on the card, just because, and it traces back to an electrician in Jersey. Only in New York!