Mark got off work early this afternoon. A rare occasion so we headed to a town south of us to get transitional feed for our animals.
The kids and I tagged along after my chiro. appointment and got dropped off at the thrift while he ran for the feed. I have a love/hate relationship with The Rising Phoenix (the thrift we went to). I always find a few (or more) vintage goodies when I go there - but the customer service is the worst of any thrift I've ever been to. Unfortunately...
(The vintage fabric I bought today off Etsy! Love these colors together.)
Today was no exception... We had a pair of jeans that Mark had purchased before Christmas for himself. He'd asked to try them on but was told they didn't have a fitting room and if they didn't fit, he could bring them back for store credit.
When he got them home, we discovered they were women's jeans (found on the men's rack)! So, today, we went to return them and were told we couldn't.
I explained that he was told he could exchange them and that they were women's jeans and the woman working the counter pointed to the signs on the counter (stating no returns) and said we couldn't return them. After some persistence on my part, she finally went to find someone else who might help. After a brief explanation of the situation, the second woman told us we could get store credit. She was nice about it (much nicer than the woman working the counter had been) and so we went about our way looking at the racks.
Later, when we checked out and got into the car we started thinking it over and realized we weren't given our full $6.00 credit. The store had closed as we left. So, we got out of the car and knocked on the door (with the items and receipt in hand) and were asked by the woman who checked us out if we could come back tomorrow. We explained that we weren't from town and wouldn't be able to. (We don't often travel in that direction.) And she basically told us in not so many words that it was too bad. She also told us there was nothing she could do about it because all the cash was locked in the safe.
Her entire attitude and demeanor let us know that she was not going to help us. And she never once apologized for her mistake, and even claimed she gave us more credit than she did. (She never looked at the receipt to clarify it.) And we didn't bother to argue.
I told her it didn't feel right, though, that we were shorted and she wasn't going to do anything about it, and she just sort of shrugged.
There was a vintage wooden hanger that I'd inquired about as I was checking out. (They have mostly plastic hangers there that they use.) She had told me, "We have a lot of hangers. No I can't sell this one. We need it." And put it back behind the counter. (It didn't make sense to any of us either, the way she put it.)
So, when she had said that she couldn't do anything about the fact that she kept some of our money, Mark asked if we could just have the hanger and call it even. And she went and got it. I didn't think it was worth it and said as much right after he suggested it to her but she got it and gave it to us and we left. He was pretty irritated, too, at how unhelpful she was - so I guess we're calling it good just to be done with the situation. Not cool though...
On to better things... I scored an awesome granny wool coat with a fur collar for $4.00 while I was there. I absolutely love it. It's a brown coat - with brown speckles everywhere. I have a solid dark brown one with a fur collar that I've been wearing all winter. I can't wait to dry clean this one and start wearing it, too. Nikayda thinks it's so ugly. haha. She doesn't always appreciate my vintage loving ways.
I also found a pair of vintage pajamas for our baby (aqua with a little pink sailboat on the chest), a large plastic aqua embroidery hoop, a pretty vintage crocheted baby blanket (cream, blue, and pink zig-zags - I love zig-zags), and some pink floral polyester fabric - I said I'd never buy polyester fabric but this print is so awesome. Thinking of making a baby dress or shirt with it once I learn to sew. I also found a new soap dish for the bathroom (not vintage) but we needed one. It's white with a floral design around the rim. Ours got chipped when it fell into the tub a while back. And I also picked up a little retro atomic style bowl and an olive green train case. All for a grand total of $8.00. (So even without the proper store credit, we still found some great deals.)
I'll try and get some pictures up once I wash everything. The train case will go in the junk shop once I wash it up. It's clean and in excellent condition - a fun find! But mostly I'm just thrilled about a new coat. :)