A couple Saturdays ago, I took Steve's girlfriend out for a mall trip, just the 2 of us. It was a belated birthday shopping trip for Brittany. We lunched at Ruby Tuesday's, then proceeded to spend countless hours checking out various stores at the mall. We walked, we shopped, we talked, and we laughed... a lot!
After about 9 hours... I kid you not.. 9 hours!, we thought about grabbing another bite before heading home with our bags. While standing in line at the food court, we realized we wanted Avocado Rolls from our favorite Chinese Restaurant on our way home. So we headed up the escalator, and ready to find the car. Passing by one of the stores near the escalator, I stopped by the window and decided to go in. I can't exactly tell you how long Kirkland's has been at the mall, just that I have always walked by, gazing quickly at the window display and told myself that someday I'd go inside to check them out. I have said that for several years. There was this cute vase set in the window, with animal prints on them, that pulled me inside at long last. Of course, Brinny & I were easily distracted by all the other cool things to be found inside, all at really reasonable prices.
We worked our way from one side of the store to the other, until at last, I saw the trio of vases that pulled me in. Then I spotted a giraffe statue. Brinny loves giraffes. I offered to get it for her as the last of her birthday presents. She looked up and saw another giraffe, but this one was also a lamp, so she chose that instead. Making our way to the cashier, I spotted a hall tree/bench. I've been on the lookout for one for quite some time, and never seemed to find "The One"... you know, the one that looks really nice, sturdy and especially that comes at the right price. After looking at the tag, I really knew this was the one! I shook it, to make sure it would be sturdy enough. I debated with myself over whether or not to get it. That was a very quick debate.. this was, after all, the perfect hall tree for our home.
We went to the register, and I asked the cashier about the hall tree. They had one, just one, left in stock. SOLD! The other cashier brought it out. Hmmm... didn't look that unwieldly, so I handed my bags to Brinny and got a grip of the box and we started for the parking lot. The box weighed probably 40 pounds or so; it was just a big rectangle. Brinny & I laughed, and she stayed to the far right of me to keep the way clear so I wouldn't knock people over with this big find of mine.
As we made our way about a third of the mall, I stopped to shift the box. The cashier had ripped a part of the box when she was getting it out of the storeroom. As I set the box down, I peeked through the rip. "Hmmmm, that's odd," I said. "What?" Brittany asked. "Look" I replied, "that doesn't look like the same fabric on the bench of the hall tree, does it?" "Oh, it isn't," added Brittany. "Maybe it came in different patterns, or..." "or it's not the hall tree I just bought!" I laughed. Brittany's eyes got big~ "you don't think... you don't suppose they gave you the wrong thing, do you? What's on the box? Oh, it says 'bench'... there's nothing on here about a hall tree"
We burst into laughter as we realized we were going to walk back to the store. I lifted the package up, and off we went, trying hard not to bowl people over as we walked fast back to the store. As we got to the entrance, we noticed the fabric on this nice bench out front. We laughed harder~ "oh, so that's what's in the box!" I explained to the nice cashiers about the error. We were charged the correct price by the cashier, but the woman who grabbed the box didn't grab the correct one. Ah, and the hall tree came in a much bigger box! They said they could bring it out for us~ just pull around to the one entrance and call them and they'd have it for me. Yeah, after sizing up this box compared to the one I'd just been hauling around, that was the right thing to do. Really, the only smart thing to do.
Brinny & I laughed all the way back to the car, pulled it around to the entrance where I'd been directed, and I called the store. Meanwhile I folded all the seats down in my car to make room. A quick stop on the way home for our avocado rolls, and less than an hour later we pulled into our driveway.
No way I could have carried THIS through the mall!