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I'm a sucker for bargain basement prices....!!






So off to the used book store he went. I check out the clearance shelves, and soon got bored. Since Hobby Lobby is so near, I take my leave, leaving Bud at his element...perusing the history books ...while I walk and check out the January clearance items at Marshall's [didn't find anything worth having], then over to Hobby Lobby...there I see that all their Christmas stuff is 90% off!! At that price, there usually isn't anything but the chipped and broken merchandise. But I found three pillar candles that will work perfectly for Valentine's day. At 90% off, regularly $4 a piece,...making all three candles the total sum of $1.30!!! Whoa!! But, while I was in line waiting to purchase the said items, the lady in front of me had a goodly sized basket filled with good stuff. I watched...she placed the sweetest thing on the counter. I wanted one too. I asked her where she found it...she directed me to the Valentine aisle...I found it...went back and bought THAT too!



For $2.99 I bought I ♥ U cookie cutters! For Valentine's Day. Guess what Bud's gonna get for Valentine's Day? Yep, sugar cookies!!





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Then, when Bud caught up with me, we decided to go to the larger mall to walk around and get some 'exercise' window shopping. I had remembered while emailing Mary about walking the mall...that I had seen in the window of Forever XXI's store on a Sunday, when the mall was still closed...a cameo necklace on one of their mannequins. Their jewelry is always inexpensive, and some are unique and fun to wear. Tho, I rarely go in the store since the clothes styles are a bit 'young' for me and wearable mostly for working gals, I did go in there that very day to see if they still had the cameo...they did, I bought!! It's not genuine cameo shell...like I like to have, but this will go well with a pair of jeans and a blazer jacket atop a turtle neck or plain, unadorned blouse. It too was a bargain...$6.00 with tax.






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FLASH FICTION 55


At a nightclub, unfamiliar to him, he entered making his way through, approaching the bar for a Mai Tai. A scantily clad lady made a proposition he couldn't refuse. They sat at the back booth making small talk. Through the alley they exited; leaving the glasses empty behind.


2 a.m. his body was discovered nearby....









POSTED: Friday, January 22nd, 2010
4:50 A.M.


54 comments :

  1. Quick - call the Police!

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  2. Hi Anni, thanks for stopping by cosmic rapture and for your comment. Your 55 is pretty dark too, just the way I like my coffee: strong, black and no sugar! Nightclubbing is a subject that seems to lend itself to dark fiction--as in le club Nosferatu. Love the stuff in your artwork links. Cheers.

    masterymistery at cosmic rapture

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  3. oh nice 55. made me think of a few old movies...like that feel.

    mine is up!

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  4. I love this Anni. I like Brian's comment.. he hit it on the mark.... love the feel of this one..

    BTW .. I love that picture you drew..going to your link...

    (hugs)

    Thanks for visiting my blog ... and how you connected our 55's together.. no drinking; keep a clear head with strangers..lol.

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  5. great job as always!! love your 55!! thanks for stopping by

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  6. Hi Anni! LOVE the Christmas Clearance Sales, and it works out PERFECTLY that we cans still use all that RED for Valentine's Day!!.. LOVE your new cameo necklace! Genuine or not, it's going to look beautiful for the season! ~tina

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  7. Great deal and the cameo is just lovely.

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  8. You have found precious items for a great bargain. You are very lucky then. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog.

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  9. I have nothing but time to stop by:) I love all your clearance items...you picked up some cute things that you will enjoy for a very long time!! Hobby lobby is trouble for me, I try to stay out of there, because I just spend too much time and too much money!!

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  10. That was quite a date. Nicely done.

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  11. Those candles were a great find! I've been looking for some inexpensive ones and haven't had any luck yet.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  12. O, I love all your bargins..
    Happy Friday!

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  13. Hi Anni!

    I LOVE the cameo! Great buy! Isn't it funny how certain things pop into memory and are meant to be ours?

    Thanks for the visit!

    love,kelee

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  14. You found some great things! Love the cookie cutter! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    ~Liz

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  15. You did good with your shopping! The cookie cutters are cute too.
    I want to know the rest of the Flash Fiction story...

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  16. The cameo looks very nice ! I liked real jewelry when I was 20 or 30, now I like the things which are fashion and that nobody has the idea to cut my fingers to get my rings or my neck for a cameo, lol !

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  17. hey anni, halloween is over.... your 55 is positively creepy!!!

    and i have to say, your shopping experiences rock! the things you unearth are treasures!

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  18. Nice things you found! I always hunt for Hobby Lobby's 90% off aisle! But like you say, most of the stuff is broken and chipped. I did get a great buy on a rooster there that his comb was broken off. i bought some not bake clay and fixed and painted it . . . you'd never know : ))

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  19. Your finds are fabulous. I especially like the candles. Hobby Lobby is my favorite store and I could stay lost in there for hours.

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  20. Oh hi Annie,
    That was an interesting post! I would have bought that cameo too. It's cool that you stalked it, then went back and picked it up for next to nothing! Love your candle and cookie cutter purchases. You will have to do a little vignette with them.
    BTW, I just read an interesting commentary from Mort Zuckerman about the sorry state of our country that I thought you might be interested in, since your last post was political......He voted for Obama, but is very disappointed in him. --Delores

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  21. Hi Anni! Your Valentine's header is adorable! You found some great bargains. The cameo is lovely!

    Thanks for visiting me!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  22. It looks like you had a great day bargain hunting, I love those cookie cutters. Have a great day, Anni.

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  23. Death isn't a very good proposition to accept. Nice Mystery 55. Thanks for paying me a visit.

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  24. Wow, you were right, you DID get some great bargains! 90% off???? That's almost ROBBERY! ;-)

    Have a wonderful weekend! :-)
    Anne

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  25. nice...enticement...entrapment. Sarah

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  26. Sounds like you had a great time and you were very succesful on your bargain hunt.

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  27. Uh, oh...a 55 mystery. Did she do it? How could you leave me hanging like that?

    You sure do find some cool stuff.

    Boy Meets Girl in 55

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  28. Woohoo! You got some wonderful bargains!!

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  29. Ooohhh a great 55. I so hope that this continues on. I'd love to find out what she did and how she did it. Looks like he got a Mickey slipped to him :)

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  30. Hi Anni,
    Thanks for stopping by! I too love to go bargain hunting. Sure would love to have a hobby lobby around here. We don't even have a Michaels - so sad! The only craft's store nearby never has a sale, and everything is really overpriced What's a girl to do...?
    You found some great deals! Fun.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  31. You found some great bargains! I know what you mean about usually only finding the chipped and broken at 90 percent off. That's usually what happens here too. Good job on your finds!

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  32. What a gorgeous cameo! Love it! And I always love to find a bargain too

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  33. Sounds like a fun day of browsing.
    Mama Bear

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  34. What a great start for a novel.
    Well done.

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  35. You certainly do a variety 0f 55s. This one screams for a detective. Perhaps Monk.

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  36. Woe is he that drinks with scantily clad strangers! Great 55!

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  37. Remind me not to take any mai tais from scantily clad ladies! Great 55! Thanks for visiting mine!

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  38. You did get some good buys. Love HL. :)

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  39. Anni,

    Wow! Bud will love those cookie cutters. You got some good deals while shopping, which is great. It's always good to find bargains.

    That cameo is very pretty and quite unique. Enjoy!!

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  40. Beautiful cameo! Thanks for stopping by my lil blog!

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  41. Doing the 55 Noir thing this week Anni?
    Most excellent job sweetie...
    I love these sleazy tales.
    Thanks a million, and have a Kick Ass Week-End!

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  42. Hi Anni... I am finally up to visiting my blogging buddies... Loved the cookie cutters!!! Have a super day!!!

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  43. 'You see two trees fighting over a dog who's outdoors to 'do his duty'.'

    LOL, Anni!

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  44. Great Flash Fiction, Anni.

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  45. anni--play it again...film noir--great post! c

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  46. Nice finds for Valentine's Day.

    Jan
    BellaCasa

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  47. I would have bought the cookie cutters too, they're perfect for anyone's special Valentine!In fact, I'm going to go look for the same set, my granddaughters would adore getting that for Valentine's Day, I mean the cookies of course!!!
    Thanks for sharing and stopping by my S&T Fri.! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

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  48. Hello Anni! I love your cookie cutters!!! And sugar cookies are the best! Nice stopping by!

    Kindly, ldh

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  49. Oops! He made quite the mistake with lovely lady and paid with his life.

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  50. You found some great buys. I love buying things after Christmas that I can use for other holiday too. I bought some white and red candles about a week ago on sale and am using them for Valentine's Day. Yay, for great sales.

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  51. I love finding great bargains, too. The cameo is lovely. I've never seen one that color.

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  52. Don't you just feel so proud when you find great things at ridiculously low prices? I know I do. The cameo is quite lovely.

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