I went to the mall on Sunday afternoon. And it was good.
It was a quick trip to pick up shoes for my son. I had ordered from Payless.com and had them shipped to the store to avoid shipping costs. I got three pairs because they were on sale for $10 each and I had a $10 off coupon. So, that’s $20 for 3 pairs of shoes– I can’t really do the math and I’m too lazy to bust out the calculator, but suffice it to say it was one bangin deal.
See, aren’t they the most adorable Converse knock-offs? I can just picture them poking out from his teensy blue jeans. Why are tiny shoes so fun to shop for? Good grief, I still can’t believe my baby has become a toddler who requires shoes.
I was in a pretty good mood after a smooth transaction at Payless. Oh, did I mention that mere moments before I had seen some local celebrity bloggers in the parking lot? There I was, trolling for a space and who do I spot but Lauren from From My Grey Desk and Kate from The Small Things Blog. What to do? Blow the horn? Too redneck. Roll down window and yell? Too creepy– plus I have to keep in mind that they don’t read about my life every morning over coffee. It’s kind of a one-way relationship. Admire from afar and circle around again to get another look? Did it.
So, you could say I was on a roll when I entered Anthropologie. I moseyed over to the perfume area, which of course is located in an 18th century armoire. I picked up a tester called “Edwardian Fireplace” by Royal Apothic. A quick spritz released a bonfire of plums, grapes, clove, and myrrh. It was like the most delectable scent of bottled smoke. Ok, you probably just had to smell it, words just don’t do justice.
But, horror of all horrors, there was only the tester. No merch for purch. I flagged down a responsible looking Anthro employee (she had an official-looking keyring) and asked her to check in back. She did, returning with the news that this scent was….discontinued.
“Can I get the tester?” I asked. Have I mentioned that I have no shame?
“Well, um, it’s marked regular price. I guess…I guess I could just give it to you?”
Yes. Yes, you could.
And that, friends, is how I got free perfume at Anthropologie.
This little luxury item (MSRP $32) now makes its home in my dresser drawer. Ain’t she a beauty?
Walking back to my car, I had to smile in thankfulness. Thankful that the Lord was kind to bless me with free perfume through the generosity of an Anthro employee– a “kiss from heaven,” as my friend Holly used to say. He knows me well.
I’d like to hear about your “kiss from heaven” experiences– small surprises that reveal God’s kindness toward you. Doesn’t have to be “thing” related like mine, just something that ministered to you.