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NumismaticNerd here with a question and concern for RHUers.
I had school today (as I do most days, though this exact story happened on a Thursday) and since I have a 10-12 class, and a 6-9:35 class, I had six long hours to kill. Being in the downtown Steel City, I chose to put my camera in my bag since it was raining, and walk around to the various shops.
I went to the B-word (advertised as such in their commercials) ending up buying a set of baby barrettes for my various dolls (such as the one in my icon pic). I also went to a VERY pricy high end department store. I honestly think this store is the most expensive in the whole city. Or should I say was, since in 9 short days (as of the story) the store will be closing.
On the low end, things are normally in the $100's, and a few of the furs they sold were in the $10k range. Obviously well above a college student's budget. I went in to see what they had since I knew they were closing, even looking at the fixtures since in moving I might want to use a jewelry display to put my dolls in for safe keeping.
I was nice, but I did mention that I'd never shopped there before, and several of the slaves there seemed to look down on me after I let that slip. Now the store wasn't leaving due to low business, they were leaving because the city told them "No we won't pay for you to make the repairs you should use your profits for" but by admitting I was a sale vulture and had no idea where to even start looking for things around the store seemed to get me distain from the workers.
I did end up buying one thing for the doll I was carrying around (a Volks SD13, BJD collectors and some anime fans will understand), which was a leather dog collar for a small dog, originally $90, down to $9. It works on a 1:3 scale doll as a belt. The cashier who rung me out was pleasant, though seemed a bit frazzled after having a crustie over the phone complain that the newspaper said the store was closing in a week, and the store said 9 days. She told him(?) that he shouldn't believe everything he reads in the paper. I referred her to this site and she thanked me.
But was I being a crustie at all, by admitting to only shopping now that it was closing?