Those are the words that get the heart of any on-line shopper to go pitter-patter in anticipation of beating the system by getting the most bang for your buck by getting free shipping.
I have learned over the years to restrain myself but sometime you just have to break out of the mold and SHOP!
It happened to me the other day.
Fabric.com is one of my favorite places to buy fabric (like yardage for the backs of quilts), simple sewing patterns or when I know exactly what I want and they have it at a good price.
They had advertised that a couple of high quality brands of quilting cottons were on sale at up to 60% off and I decided to take a look.
None of the fabrics that I liked in those brands were deeply discounted so I decided to browse around to see if these was anything else that struck my fancy.
Of course I did find something that was cute, cheap and added it to my cart.
That was the beginning of the end for me.
A simple knitting pattern for $3.00 (50% off the original!) of a little dachshund named Tofu began the craziness of finding enough to fill up my shopping cart with $35.00 worth of goods so I would not have to pay shipping on Tofu.
The hunt was on!
With $32.00 to spend I went first to the $1.93 a yard fabric. You could buy a lot of ugly fabric here but I found some lovely oxford cloth shirting fabric that would make a great pool dress. Three yards went into the cart for $5.79.
$26.21 to go!
Next I went over to the 60% off category of home decor fabrics to see if there was anything I wanted for another bog coat. A wonderful embroidered denim presented itself so I bought a yard (all I need for a bog coat) at $6.36.
$19.85 to go!
This was taking a long time so I next went to a category that I try to avoid...the prepared for dying section. The prices here are not hugely discounted but they had some lovely mid-weight cotton. I know I can have fun playing with it so into the cart it went, two yards for a cost of $17.96.
$1.89 left.. now that's more like it!
Trying to find something for $1.89 on a web site that has over 50,000 items can be very time consuming. Never fear, I have a method. When I am down to the last few dollars I go hunting for deeply discounted notions. In this case, not hugely discounted but something I always need are point protectors for knitting needles. I found some from Clover for $2.68 and into my shopping cart they went.
Ta Da! $35.79!
My order now qualified for free shipping.
Is that a round of applause I hear?
Seriously though, Fabric.com is a great place for for all kinds of fabrics at great prices. I have never been disappointed by what I have ordered and I have even used some of it as I intended.
And they have knitting supplies now so I just may have to keep going back for more.
What were Alex and Kelis doing while I was shopping?
Sleeping! They have learned that when I am on a hunt on the computer that no treats are forthcoming so sleep is their alternative activity.