This telephone conversation took place last week but it just keeps running around in my head. So I decided to get it out. Hopefully it will have fun running around in your head, too.
Thrift Store Proprietor: "Hello?"
Customer (Me): "Hi. I was wondering if you have any of those pop-up canopies that are used for sporting events, etc.? " (Yes, I *do* call ahead rather than rummaging through thrift stores while herding cats, er, kids.)
Proprietor: "Yes, I do have one of those."
Me (excited to have finally found one): "Great! How much are you asking for it?"
Proprietor: "Oh. It isn't for sale. I use it for cover when I set up displays out in front of my store. Those things are really handy!"
So...how in the world do you respond to that?? I chose stunned silence followed by a stammered "Thanks." Click.
It is about time for an update!
5 years ago