“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Otherwise entitled “How I managed to spend over $500 on cookware in one weekend.”

My best friend, Amy-Renee has a deadly combination of traits.  First, she knows all my retail weaknesses – shoes, underwear, and kitchen accessories.  Second, she is a vicarious shopper.  Third, she knows that my entire life is driven by the twin forces of guilt and responsibility.  And as you read the following, be aware that she was, IN NO WAY, plotting nefariously for my material goods.  She is simply one of my two worst “retail enablers” (the second is my husband), and the occasional beneficiary of the side effects of these excursions.

These facts combined with the approaching holiday season to result in a confluence of events that led to a fated orgy of spending at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

The conversation started like this (my internal thought processes are in italics):

Me – You know, I have been really coveting a new set of really good pots and pans.  I think I am going to start looking around.  It’s about time I got the ones I really wanted.  Even if it is hard to justify it with a full set of Italian Mepra cookware in the pantry. 

A-R – I don’t have ANYTHING right now.  We couldn’t find it when I took my stuff out of storage.  We have no idea where it went.

Me – That sucks.  I would let you have my old set, but it’s already spoken for.  My mom’s set was lost in her last move, too, and she doesn’t have any.  The plan was to buy myself a new set early next year, so she can take my old ones back with her when she visits in February.  What kind of daughter am I anyway, to let my mom take my old hand-me-downs, while I get a new set?

A-R – I need to get something.  Just isn’t in the budget right now.

Me – Hmm.  I COULD just buy Mom a new set as a Christmas present, and you could have my old ones.  Don’t know exactly when that will be.  Although, it would be damned convenient just to send them out with her this weekend.

Kris – If you are going to buy a new set anyway, wouldn’t  you rather buy them BEFORE Thanksgiving?  After all, we have all those people to cook for this week?  You have those Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons, and she could take the old cookware back with her this weekend.

Me – Weeeeellll.  I guess it wouldn’t hurt to stop and look when we are out. How did he know what I was thinking?

(Later, in the Bed, Bath and Beyond store)

Me – Hey, look, if I buy $300 of Calphalon, I get a $50 gift card for “free”. 

A-R – I like free stuff.

Kris – If you are going to spend that much anyway, it says here, that with $400 you also get a free 10 qt. Calphalon stock pot.  It may be worth spending the extra $80 on stuff we could use anyway.

Me – Well, let me look around a bit … DAMN those marketing people and their promotions!

Which, dear Readers, is how I ended up with:

Calphalon Tri-Ply

and this:

BONUS!  Dutch Oven

and these for my husband:

Panini!

Santoku

and, last but not least, to make my son’s Christmas Cookies, this:

Cookie sheet - much needed.

My mother ended up with an early Christmas gift:

Revere Copper-Clad Cookware

…and Amy-Renee went back to Birmingham with a trunk full of Mepra pots and pans.

At least, when I shop, I spread around a little retail love.

November 19th, 2007 at 3:18 pm
5 Responses to “Why I should never go shopping with Amy-Renee”
  1. 1
    William McNaughton Says:

    What? You cook?

  2. 2
    maggie Says:

    LOL! Last fall, my husband went off to get some knives sharpened and came home with like 12 knives. Like we needed TWELVE more knives.

  3. 3
    Steph Says:

    I love the knife. I have one just like it! I sweated the $50 price tag, but it has been SO worth it. I am too cheap in my scottish soul to actually look at whole cooking sets. I look for the one main thing I need, swoon, waffle, touch all kinds of other stuff in the store, drive Griff insane, who puts what I want in the basket, we check out, and I hyperventilate thinking about all the books and art supplies I could have bought with that money. And then we cook really cool stuff and I recover. ;=)

  4. 4

    I need new sheets and pillows.

  5. 5
    Amy-Renee Says:

    And in my mind it went something like this: (AR inside voice in parenthesis)

    A-R – I don’t have ANYTHING right now. We couldn’t find it when I took my stuff out of storage. We have no idea where it went.

    (and AR thought: I don’t have anything. We couldn’t find it when I took my stuff out of storage. I wonder where that went. I really don’t know. That’s really weird. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to buy NEW stuff..one day…stupid money)

    A-R – I need to get something. Just isn’t in the budget right now.

    (and AR thought: I need to get something. Just isn’t in the budget right now. Stupid money!)

    Kris – If you are going to buy a new set anyway, wouldn’t you rather buy them BEFORE Thanksgiving? After all, we have all those people to cook for this week? You have those Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons, and she could take the old cookware back with her this weekend.

    (And AR thought: Oooh shopping! Yeah!!!! Wait, did they just mention me?!)

    (Later, in the Bed, Bath and Beyond store)

    (And AR thought in a singing inside voice: Shopping shopping shopping I love shopping! Look at that! ooh look at that! Hehehehehehehe ~ that’s a crazy giggle)

    A-R – I like free stuff.

    (and AR thought: I like free stuff)

    I know what you are thinking…. wow what a deep thinker that Amy-Renee is….. It’s a sad but oh so true look into the mind of a shopaholic.

    I love my pots and pans!!! Thank you, oh best friend of mine!!

    And BTW I missssssss yoouuuuu already!!!!!!! XOXO