By Ellie Behman
Have you ever watched a movie where the sharks circle their prey? “Jaws” comes to my mind and although it’s one of my favorite movies, I generally cover my eyes when the actual attacks occur. It is my humble opinion that sale shopping brings out the shark in me as well as in other ladies hoping to snag the best bargain of the day.
Some years back I was enjoying my day of shopping when the voice on the microphone announced that there was a great sale going on in the accessories department. Among other things, purses were marked down to $1. I listened carefully, not wanting to show a lot of interest lest I attract the other sharks within earshot. I could hardly contain myself as I watched the hordes of women gravitating to the sale area. I put on my best “poker” face and made my way with the crowd, hoping to be the first one there.
I tried to act nonchalant as I looked over the products, but I must digress now as I explain my strategy when shopping. First of all, when there is a super sale going on, I never shout out the word “wow”. This will attract other shoppers to run over to see what I have found and lessen my chances of a great deal. After all, what self-respecting shark steps aside when hunting. Sharing is not an option.
Another rule I have is that once you have the item in your hand, never put it down. The instant you release your grip, it’s fair game for anyone. Finally, never leave your cart unattended. I looked over and saw a shopper digging in my cart, attempting to put some products into her cart. I rushed over and politely told her it was mine. At least I hope I was polite. Sharks sometimes become intense when challenged.
After what seemed like hours of filling my cart, I smugly marched to the check out with 12 purses as well as other sale items. Maybe that sounds a bit ridiculous but Christmas was not far away and I knew they would come in handy. After all sharks don’t take the time to count the fish they eat in a day, they just keep on hunting for more.
It was a cold day in winter and the clerk smiled and said “keep warm”. I smiled to myself and thought “warm”? I didn’t even need a coat that day. After all, I had just survived a heated shark feeding frenzy.
Ellie, a freelance writer for more than 40 years, has written more than 400 articles. She and her husband spend as much time as possible at their cabin where they enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. This is where she accomplishes the majority of her writing, as it is the perfect, quiet setting for a writer.