The Leopard Comforter

    Posted on May 26th, 2011 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    146-May 26

    “If you think you’re too small to be effective, you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito.”—Anita Roddick

    There was a beautiful animal print comforter with matching sheets and pillow shams that I had my heart set on. To buy the complete set was expensive, however, and I was saving for it, hoping that it would go on sale. Finally, the department store was having a white sale, and although this particular bed set wasn’t in the catalogue, I hurried down to the store to check on it.

    There it was! One of the showroom beds had been made up with my comforter set: comforter, dust ruffle, satin sheets, shams and throw pillows all in beige, brown and black leopard designs. It was beautiful! Excited, I eagerly rushed to the cashier’s stand and asked the woman if it was on sale. Her attitude stopped me cold. Never looking at me and moving very slowly, she sighed and picked up the sales catalogue. “No, it doesn’t look like this one’s on sale. Sorry.” And she turned away.

    Hopes diminished but not dashed, I went back to look longingly at the beautiful bed set and thought about what I could do to get it to be on sale. The saleswoman I had talked to was clearly not interested in helping me. She was one of those people I call “bench warmers”—there to put in the hours required, doing as little as possible while they are there. They don’t care about their work or you. I knew I needed a different kind of salesperson. Did one exist in this store?

    (Continued on page 146 of The Wealthy Spirit)

    Today’s Affirmation: “I buy my perfect treasures at perfect prices!”

    I held on to that beautiful comforter for many years. It’s tough to let go of things you love that also have a history.

    But it’s gotten rather dingy and worn, and I started thinking about a new one. My roommate, Shelley, had gotten a quilt hand-made for her by a lovely woman named Kerry in Temecula a year ago, and I thought maybe I’d get one made for me.

    So on our last trip to Pechanga, we once again went to visit Old Town and look in the antique stores and have lunch. So we naturally stopped by the quilt shop, and there was Kerry, bright-faced and smiling. Behind her on the wall was a gorgeous quilt in black and white with gold and brown accents featuring birds. I just loved it!

    Now this quilting store is for hobbyists, they don’t usually make quilts for people, but Shelley had talked Kerry into it for hers, so I pointed at the quilt on the wall and said, “Would you make that one for me?” She grinned and said, “Yes, of course,” and we happily browsed through the store, gathering materials for my quilt, plus two shams and a pillow to match. She agreed to get back to me with the pricing and we went off to Pechanga.

    She called the next day, said she had made a mock-up of the quilt (because I needed a larger one) than the sample), gave me a price and invited us back to look it over, approve the design, and give her a deposit. On our way out of town, we stopped by to look at her beautiful mock-up and she threw in the shams and pillow as a gift. I was delighted!

    Now, I just have to wait for her to finish it – I can’t wait! (You know how I believe in having a lot of “I can hardly waits” to look forward to in your life).  I also have a great excuse to go back to Pechanga, too, and I can hardly wait for that. And July 1st is the Ladies event at the World Series of Poker in Vegas…

    Life can be an endless series of “I can hardly waits” if you plan it right.

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