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When the price is oh-so-right

May
20

I have been meaning to get to PayHalf, and even though it was a rainy afternoon, I made a little detour to the Tarrytown store on my way to an interview in Nyack a couple of hours ago.

I was in the city earlier for interviews at the National Stationery Show and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair — and then needed to swing by a Nyack gallery that’s carrying the greeting cards by an artist I’m writing about (stay tuned for that story).

Well, here’s the “backstory” on why I’ve been thinking about PayHalf lately.

Last year, I happened to pick up a cheap pair of sandals in the discount shop. I don’t remember exactly how much they were, but I do recall thinking it was so cheap that I figured if they hurt my toes, so be it — not a major investment.

To my surprise, those sandals not only didn’t hurt — but they felt wonderful, and I pretty much wore them to death. In fact, I’m still wearing them, but they definitely are being “stretched” to the limit:

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Like I said, the search for a replacement has been on my mind, since I pulled these out a few weeks ago and have already worn them, even though they are kind of beaten up.

Couldn’t remember the brand — but I figured I had a good chance at finding something similar again at PayHalf.

And I was so right. There was a really big sandal display and immediately, I recognized the label — the brand is called “Chatties.”

And while I didn’t see the exact replacement, I found something pretty close. It had all the elements — nice line, metallic and it fit.

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And so did the price:

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Yep — $3.99. I knew they had been cheap, but I really don’t think they were that low last year.

Talk about a nice surprise.
And before I hear those “you get what you pay for” cautions… I more than got my money’s worth out of last year’s pair.

So, I confidently picked up my 2008 model in the silver/pewter you see above — and decided at less than $4, a pair in bronze was also in order.

Now if only the sun would come back so I can proudly show off my latest finds.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 at 5:46 pm by Mary Shustack. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: PayHalf, Tarrytown, Uncategorized

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Mary Shustack has been living — and shopping — in this region her whole life. This blog will follow her never-ending search for beautiful things, from home-decorating accents to funky tote bags to quirky collectibles. Come along as she browses through the shops, boutiques, markets and fairs of the Lower Hudson Valley.

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Mary ShustackMary Shustack was born in Nyack and has always lived in Rockland County, save for those four years she attended the University of Missouri in Columbia. READ MORE
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