Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cheap or Thrifty?

 
Oh hai!
 

I've missed you guys, but i'm back! The reason I was away for a little while was because I was busy prepping for my first big show! (One of a Kind, Vancouver) I really had to get creative with this show because my space was only 3 x 3 (where i'm normally used to at least 8 x 5) but with the help of IKEA and my dad, the end result was not too shabby! :D

On to the title of this post... I'm a pretty thrifty shopper, I like to think I use my money wisely and wait for most things to go on sale before I make a decision to buy it. I'm definitely not cheap and that was confirmed this weekend when I met the definition of cheap. This person actually tried to bargain with me to give her a $2 item for $1 (50% off!). Yes... It wasn't a big ticket item or anything.. it was selling for $2. TWO DOLLARS. Now, I understand in Asia, bargaining is a normal thing to do and I've had my fair share of it when I lived there....but this was a high end show! *smh*

Have you had experiences with overly cheap people?

I'm glad my shows for 2010 are over, i'm ready to relax! This weekend, my fiancee and I are having our engagement photoshoot and then the next day, my family and I fly out to the States for Christmas vacation with our relatives! Woohoo! Since we're heading to the States, i'm offering free shipping to those (in the U.S) who place their order by Friday... order will then be shipped out on Monday. Shop here!

9 days till Christmas!

17 comments:

RicAdeMus said...

Haha, I love your 3x3 set-up. It's perfect. Kudos to you and dad! I'm not cheap, but I don't throw money away either. I like to think I'm thrifty or frugal--whichever sounds more positive.

We used to have yardsales and it drove me crazy. We had great baby clothes (then larger sizes as the years passed) and people would be sooo cheap. "Would you take a nickel for it?" became a running joke for us. I bought my son one of those huge, novelty nickels so that when people would say it to us at a yardsale, he could hold it up and say, "No, not even if it's a big nickel!!!" He got a kick out of that. I got so tired of yardsales, after one I offered my wife $100 to turn her back and ask no questions about where the stuff went--I didn't want to carry it all back into the house AGAIN. Now she sells stuff on Ebay and has branched out, selling things for other people.

Wow, this is a long comment. I must have missed you! =)

PS - For the shoot, I like the idea of you as an elegant spy and W on your arm as your "Bond boy". Haha!

RicAdeMus said...

PS - Who are the people in the picture with you (if they and you don't mind me asking)?

Kalmo said...

haha I'm from an Asian family so of course there are the stereotypical tight fisted people but that lady from your story is pretty funny. LOL Yay for your engagement photo shoot and have a great vacation in the U.S. :)

Dirt On The Rocks said...

the setup is cute, efficient, and smart! you're doing big things hun!! lol as far as people who bargain my grandmother does it all the time! lol but i'm not sure if i would bargain for something already that cheap. lol anyway seems like everything is going well for you and good luck with the photoshoot! hopefully you post some pictures up :)

Connie said...

haha imagine.. just imagine how many people tried to bargain with me at the night market :P

im sooooo curious how you did at OOAK. haha email me? :)

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

Wait, slow down... YOU'RE PART OF THE ONE OF A KIND SHOW?! That's incredible. I go every year in toronto and it's SO magnificent! AHHHH.

Okay - calm down...

I definitely consider myself "thrifty" - but it has its limits. For example, I don't think it's ever appropriate to go cheap for friends and family - they're so important!

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// krissy ♥ said...

I am thrifty and I am very wise when it comes to spending money. NOT! Ahaha ;D

Congratulations on pulling this off Kym! We have lots of bazaars here especially this season, it would've been great if you also joined! :D

I still stand by my Harry Potter-themed photoshoot. HAHAHAH kidding! But I'll have another shoot this Sunday, still haven't decided what the theme would be though.

Love you and enjoy your Christmas vacation! ♥♥

ochikeron said...

No wonder Thrifty! I'd rather buy at a list price if I need. I go for cheap ones if it is worth the price. I even shop carefully at a dollar shop!

Photoshoot sounds exciting! Wating for your next post!!!

Nashe^ said...

Wth? Bargaining on a $2 item? Jeez... Maybe that chick didn't realize she wasn't in Bangkok!

How weird is it that I'M the one excited for YOUR photoshoot? haha! Have a great vacay! (and thanks again for the card ^^)

Trish said...

thats really a creative way to use your space, i love it! & yayyyy In N Out for you perhaps?!?!?!!! haha

MizzJ said...

Yikes, I was hoping it was b/c she didn't have a twoonie and not out of cheapness! haha can you ever reserve the right to not sell to someone?

MKL said...

Looks like things are going great for you. Have fun in the States and looking forward to those photos :)

Tammy said...

Awww I love your stand and the poses you guys had for the picture hehe the robot is cute!!

MissEmy said...

That's not much space at all! And that really is lame. :P I haven't had much experience with cheap people... but seriously, i bet they had four quarters just lying around in their pockets. haha :)

Shingo T said...

Most Singaporeans bargain for the sake of bargaining. I do that too, but I will still make the purchase even if I don't get the discounts.

de.lizzy.cious said...

i actually know quite a few. i tend to ignore these people. because those that i know, they're very cheap that they dont like to go to some fancy restaurant with excellent food.

i love my food.

Sarah said...

i have such a hard time bargaining.. but some people are just born and bread to do that. i can't believe it and it embarrasses me to be next to them hahaha.