liquidation sales suck cock.

31 07 2011

as you may have heard about town, borders is going out of business.

i don’t think anyone was surprised about it. it’s been on those “businesses about to go extinct” list for years with blockbuster and reader’s digest and all the other dinosaur brands. and so with the announcement of the closing, comes the immediate materialization of the telltale fluorescent signs flashing 40% off, and the kind of parking lot gridlock that makes a girl want to start slashing tires or throwing punches, or possibly both at the same time.

now the signs all say 40% OFF real big, but the fine print is always up to. opening weekend at borders, pretty much everything was a pitiful 10% off. yet for some reason, the line was out the fucking door.  10% off things that are full retail (and in some cases grossly inflated prices) is NOT A GOOD DEAL PEOPLE!  WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?

i’m not entirely sure what kind of crazy discount juju possesses people when it comes to liquidation sales, but although the signs are big and flashy, and EVERYTHING MUST GO…  a quick rule of thumb: if the store was still open and you saw 10% off sign, would you bother to buy something that you didn’t really need (and that you could likely get somewhere else for cheaper)? probably not. THEN BACK THE FUCK AWAY FROM THE BORDERS. EVERYTHING MUST NOT GO. (just try to dodge that crazy bitch slashing tires and throwing punches in the parking lot).

foolishly, i went back again today (with more promises of 40% off), and was doubly disappointed. 20% is still NOT 40%, and shit was pretty much cleaned out anyway. there were a lot of dvds on sale for 40% off, but it’s not exactly a bargain when the dvds in question are $20-$60 each. didn’t i just say that my cut off for new dvds was $3? again, i hit the bricks with nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

acid flashback.

24 07 2011

i am a child of the 80s. when i was born, video stores didn’t exist. but by the time i was 6- BAM, there they were. you could rent an atari 5200, or any one of tens of titles on VHS or betamax.  as a young child being seduced by the glory of in-home movie viewing (commercial free!), there were precious few titles available in the G ratings bracket in 1984.

also, my comprehension of the english language was still in its formative stages. so, i relied entirely on movie box pictures to make my choices. i was particularly obsessed with the movie above: angel- high school honor student by day, hollywood hooker by night.

obviously at 6, i didn’t know what a hooker was. i merely saw pretty shoes and shiny hot pants. what could possibly be inappropriate? my older sister and i would BEG repeatedly for this movie every single time we went to the video store… never fully understanding why we were being shut down. unfortunately,  being the prudent parent that she is, my mother never caved.

flash forward 25+ years later.

despite being readily available on netflix (with a 4 star recommendation based on some other hilarious movies that i’ve watched), i have never managed to view it as a consenting 17+. actually, i had forgotten about it entirely for many many years (it would fade slowly from local video stores to be replaced with “higher quality” fare usually starring eddie murphy in a fat suit). until…

LAST SATURDAY. Read the rest of this entry »

weekend pickthrough- colorectal exploration edition

16 04 2010

let’s just be clear here,  i have insane SPRING FEVER. i’ve been wandering to the eastern prom and looking wistfully at the ocean. i’ve been listening to the same two songs on repeat for days. i’ve been fuzzy and stumbly and all over the g-d place. thus, this weeks pickthrough is similarly scattered but also excited for sun dresses and bubble tea, and pretty much ready to rock and roll.

the newly facelifted library is finally revealed (and it’s magic).

bummer alert:  the world’s saddest cookbook.

become an expert of ferreting out fake experts.  step by step instructions on how to call bullshit on a guru.

central mainers dust off your drinkin’ shoes and get ready to get tipsy on local beer and make questionable decisions at central maine brewfest on saturday!

after all my yammering about how unqualified people should step away from the glue gun (at least for gift giving purposes), i present to you the single most beautiful crafting blog that i have ever encountered.

if you don’t know whether he’s come or not, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.

the SUPER COLON comes to maine. but why not portland yo?

saturday is record store day, with kick ass FREE events happening at bullmooses and other record stores all over the state. i also remember a sweet swag table from last year. wear something with big pockets.

i try it!- selling back my dvds.

5 11 2009

music_snob_Venn_diagram-750009-750057in the great venn diagram of love, it is inevitable that some of the common threads that pulled you together, will manifest themselves in your shared living space as double sets of books, music, and movies.  my boyfriend and i bought a condo together this year (thank you $8,000 rebate!), and in making this pretty serious commitment (and solidly planning on other similar serious commitments down the road…), i decided that it was finally time for me to let go of some of my duplicate stuff. it’s tough at first to silence the “what if we break up and then i don’t have my copy of…” fears. just consider it an affirmation of your commitment (or at least tell yourself that now is the time to sell, because you don’t want to be the guy behind me at the counter getting $.25 a piece for his VHS collection). anyway, there are a number of places in town to sell-back your dvd collection, whether you’re reaffirming your love or just needing some scratch: newbury comics , bullmoose music, and guitar grave are probably the best options, but i’m sure there’s a bunch of other pawn shops in town. since i’m a shop local girl, and pawn shops kinda skeeve me out, i went bullmoose all the way.

i brought them: all 5 seasons of futurama, the first season of metalocalypse, season one of the adventures of pete & pete, some movie called “kane, see no evil” that i don’t know how i got, and a fistful of other random things- around $150 (new) worth of stuff. in my head i was thinking, maybe $50? maybe $60… the excitement! the process is really easy. just go into your local bullmoose (i hit the warehouse store out by the mall), hand them your sack of unwanted items, and then wait about 15 minutes for them to scrutinize, judge, and disappoint. $25 for the whole lot. $37 in store credit. boo-urns. the truth is that dvds are going way down in price (have you dug through the $3 bin at big lots? it’s my favorite). just because i paid $40 for something new, doesn’t mean they can get $30 or even $20 now. case and point- used seasons of futurama are all on sale for $14.99. lesson to learn- HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS, and don’t hand over anything that you’re not prepared to part with for $5 or less. i took the store credit because i do buy a lot of dvds (plus, a very cheapskate xmas is right around the corner). i also picked up a copy of tom hank’s best movie ever- mazes & monsters for a sweet $3.99.