I’m not a shopper on the best of days, unless it’s second hand. That’s a different story and I look for the deals. Yet with only 18 days left until I fly off to South Africa I’m whittling away at the final needed items. I’m really going to try not to over pack because each up to 50 pound piece of baggage costs $250.
Highway 89 north to Prescott, Arizona
My shopping list was way too long with many stops, Wal-Mart, Costco, Safeway, Gateway Mall, Best Buy and don’t forget the thrift stores. So Berta and went to Prescott, the town of plenty. The drive up sparkled with morning hoar frost on the junipers and pines. The Bradshaw Mountains showed a speckled green against the snow white background.
At Noah’s Thrift store, which supports local animal groups, I headed for the display case with jewelry and collectables and the first thing I saw was a pair of sterling silver (SS) earrings in the shape of Africa. If that’s not coincidence enough the volunteer lady behind the counter lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for two years and was elated about my upcoming adventure. We chatted excitedly about places I should see until I realized time was slipping by and I had more shopping to do. I left with the earrings, a SS ring set with something blue, and 5 articles of clothing for $5. Nice start.
I was on the hunt for several very specific items. Like a new purse, as the strap loop on my old favorite tooled-leather purse broke while leaving the airplane in Houston last week. It will be repaired sometime like I already did to the other side. The second stop at a consignment shop solved that problem with a medium-large multi-pocketed leather bag that actually has organized space for all the stuff I feel the need to shlep around. This consignment shop, sorry can’t remember the name, carried top quality clothing and accessories at reasonable prices, not thrift store cheap. I also bought a sensually soft cashmere cardigan, light weight and warm. And a snood.
Berta guided me safely through Gateway Mall for, things needed at a mall. I really dislike shopping malls and was thankful the place was almost deserted. Then we tackled Wal-Mart where I found a great travel bag and other items I need for the trip. We hit Costco for lunch and shopping, then Safeway for the rest of the groceries.
Yet my most exciting buy was an Asus Eee PC Netbook at BestBuy. It’s such a cute and light weight little thing weighing in at just under 3 pounds.
I’m still figuring it out. Needed an Ethernet cable which Mike picked up in town today to connect the Netbook to an external modem (yes it has WIFI but I don’t) so it will work here on dialup. What a waste. Maybe the next post will go out on it. So this will be my connection to the world while I’m in South Africa.
The drive home was superb. And thus ended a busy and fun day shopping.