As soon as I picked it up I knew something was inside of the little cute little purse. So I proceeded to open it and found this darling little doll inside.
As soon as I saw this cutie I knew my little granddaughter Raygen would love her. I picked her out of the basket purse and realized that her head, her hands and feet were porcelean.
There was no price on this sweet little thing so asked a young man that was working there would he be kind enough to get me a price. (He was a volunteer) He came back and said, "This is one dollar". I noticed that he didn't put the price on it so I asked him would he please put the price on it so when I got to the checkout counter I would not have a problem with it. "Sure he said", and came back shortly with $1.00 wrote on a piece of freezer tape attached to the basket purse. I proceeded to shop and then went to CHECKOUT!
The lady that waited on me opened up the basket purse and took the doll out and proceeded with a tone of voice that told me she did not want to work that day and said, "Mam, where did you get this sticker on this that says $1.00". I told her my whole story....by this time there is probably at least 3 other people behind me!
She then proceeded in a "Not happy camper" voice to tell me that not only was that doll NOT $1.00 but almost in a round about way accused me of sticking the $1.00 tape on there myself. OK GIRLS, I don't normally carry freezer tape around in my purse for starters but please tell me why I would even think of such a thing "Thrift Store Shopping"? My blood pressure is normally low but I got a feeling that if it had been taken RIGHT THEN...it might have been high!
But I tried to compose myself because after all, I did have on my bright green bracelet that says, "Prayer Warrior for India 2010" which was my reminder to pray for the ministry team that had gone to India..... And also my cute little tee shirt that I got in a Fund Raiser that said, "Pray for Allison". So you can imagine how I am really trying to keep myself under "Christian check here". After all, I am a Bible Study teacher!!!!
The next thing I knew the lady was not only being rude & loud but proceeded to jerk the doll out of the basket, lifting her little bonnet to show me the markings on the dolls neck as she explained that this was a collector's items and she would NOT let me have that doll for $1.00 and that was just all there was to it! Of course, still trying to maintain my composure I told her I was not a doll collector and knew nothing about the value of the doll and all I wanted to do was buy the doll for the price the young man had put on there for my granddaughter. She loudly and meanly said, " THIS IS A HUGE MISTAKE MAM AND I AM NOT SELLING YOU THE DOLL FOR $1.00". Well ladies, LITTLE NANA MODE KICKED IN!!!!
I maintained my composure, got myself together boldy and firmly said, "Mam, you have as much as accused me of putting my own price tag on this doll. I do not carry freezer tape in my purse. You have been rude, loud, and not a very nice person and I don't appreciate the way you have handled this situation at all and I am not leaving this store until I get this doll for the price of $1.00 and for crying out loud, this is a CITY RESCUE MISSION THRIFT STORE! You are suppose to be helping people not being ugly to them! Of course by this time the line behind me had grown and you could hear mublings such as "just sell the lady the $1.00 doll".
Well, the clerk lowered her voice and said, "Well mam, I guess I have no choice but to sell this collector doll to you for $1.00. I paid for my prize possession not even to get a mere thankyou from the "SWEET" clerk. However, I did tell her to have herself a BLESSED DAY!
Now the moral of my story is this:
1: It's not what we say to people it's how we say it. She could have worded things a little different and been kinder with her words and actions and who knows, I probably would have just left the doll there! (Probably not though)
2: I managed to maintain my actions, choice of words and kept my voice at a level that was pleasant. (And to be honest, it was HARD)
3: We can be firm and bold with our words and not be ugly.
4: Lastly, YOU DON'T MESS WITH A NANA!!!!!!
I got to my car and looked at that doll and I thought to myself, "Mercy, I hope my little Raygen likes her after all this".
Look at her face....who couldn't like her?
And BTW I did look at the inscription on the back of neck and of course I had to google these collector's dolls when I got home. (There is a serial # on the back of her neck as well) Best I can tell, give or take a few dollars, this little cutie is worth around $50.00.........and.......my little Raygen loved her!