In just a few hours, Hubby and I will be signing paperwork which will make this our new home.
Then the work will begin. I'll be dropping off 8 gallons of paint along with all the necessary rollers, brushes, trays, tape, drop cloths and rags this afternoon. First thing in the morning I'll apply first bits of color to the white walls that are throughout.
We'll continue eat and sleep at The Pad until our appliances are delivered and all our stuff makes its journey from California. Speaking of those appliances - I'll be having a major Pretty Woman moment very soon.
I don't think I'm alone in daydreams of all new appliances. Even before this move came about, I had spent time looking at refrigerators, ranges, washers and dryers, etc. Hubby and I have spent the last weeks reading reviews, checking specs and measurements knowing purchases would need to be made. This past Saturday was the day to make all the purchases and arrange for delivery.
Imagine our surprise when we ended up with a salesman that was really not interested in the slightest to make this sale. We introduced ourselves, explained clearly the purchases we intended to make and provided him the information on each piece. He didn't need to 'sell' us a thing - only write up the ticket and collect his commission. He informed us that he was the 'expert' and things went downhill from there.
He had no ability to focus. He stopped mid-transaction to help another couple with their purchase. Not answer a quick question or find another person to help them, but to actually assist them in their purchase. When he remembered we were waiting, he returned to the sales desk only to excuse himself to go visit with another employee in another department. He came back with his friend and once again informed us with a wide smile that he is the expert in appliance sales.
Finally it looked like we were finally going to make our transaction. He offered us a delivery date that is more than two weeks in the future. No need to deliver what was in stock when we could just wait for everything. We informed him (again) that we NEED the appliances in order to begin living in our home. This tidbit seemed completely lost on him. We thanked him for his time and walked out.
Yesterday we went to a new retailer to make our purchases. A difference of night and day. The salesman was friendly, helpful and efficient. Not everything is currently in stock, but delivery will be made as items become available allowing us to begin setting up our home right away. We have to return tomorrow to make the last purchase of a range. Once I'm armed with all of my receipts, I'll be returning to the first store for a visit with the supervisor of 'The Expert.' It's important they know just what they lost, not only in this current sale but also future sales. I'll surely not be shopping with them again.
I know I'm going to be very busy the next couple of weeks. Posts will be few and far between, blog reading and commenting will be nearly non-existent. Hang in there with me one more time. I'll be back soon with plenty of stories and lots of pictures.
Oh and one more thing - Congratulations to the Little League World Series Champions from Chula Vista, California! It's such fun to watch sports events that are played simply for the love of the game.
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