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Getting Back to Normal with a City-Wide Sale

My area is slowing getting back to normal. Some kids had a baseball tournament, most of the stores and restaurants are open again, and many people are finally going back to work.

There are a few things I’ve really missed during this time of COVID-19. I missed going to movies on date night, enjoying a nice meal where I can leave the cooking and cleaning to someone else, and most importantly, treasure hunting. The area spring city-wide sales were all cancelled or postponed amid social distancing orders. This weekend marks the first of the rescheduled events.

My best friend and I attended the Webb City city-wide sale today. It’s normally held the first weekend of May but had to be postponed. We were delighted to hear the organizers had rescheduled the sale for this weekend. Tammy and I enjoy treasure hunting more than just about anything else.

Her car has more cargo space than mine, so she picked me up at 7:00 a.m. and we were off. My neighborhood is a yard sale goldmine, so we started on the street behind my house, working our way back to my next-door neighbor who wasn’t quite set up when we began our quest. Then we continued down the rest of the streets, careful to visit the extreme coupon lady’s house, before leaving my subdivision to explore other areas of the city.

The early morning was pleasant. It was sunny and warm, but not uncomfortable. That didn’t last long, though. By 11:00 a.m., we were both red-faced and sweating like crazy. The heat index was close to 100 degrees, and the sun was relentless. Each time we saw a sale, we had to ask ourselves if the items appeared worth getting out of the car and back into the sun. Many were, and we scored some great deals.

I always like to evaluate my haul and determine my best deal of the day. I snagged many great bargains, but one purchase stands out above the rest. If you’re a regular Ozarks Maven reader, you may know I have a fondness for watches, especially Fossil watches. My deal of the day was a big score for me because I bought two Fossil watches and one Seiko watch for 50 cents each.

I understand why the lady was selling them. They need new batteries, which isn’t as simple as it sounds on Fossils. Changing a battery in a Fossil requires special tools. The company wants you to take your watch to one of their stores or an authorized dealer to have a new one installed. It’s a hassle for most of us.

I just happen to own the tools necessary to open and properly close a Fossil watch. I bought them online when my step-daughter still lived at home and wore the high-end brand exclusively. It was far more convenient for me to replace batteries myself than drive to the nearest dealer, which is a good distance away, for such a simple task.

As for the Seiko, it’s a delicate watch that could be easily broken. It will require a soft touch to change the battery in that one. I’ll buy a multi-pack next time I’m at the store and see if these beauties work. I’m fairly certain they will. If not, I’ll tinker with them to see if I can fix them because that was how my daddy raised me. If it’s already broken, I can’t hurt it any and might even fix it. Either way, I’m only out $1.50 for all three.

It was a great day. I’m sunburned, have hat hair, and need a shower desperately. Despite that, I had more fun treasure hunting with Tammy this morning than I’ve had in the past six months. That’s what really matters. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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