So, I bought these adorable hat and glove sets at a 90% off sale. They were 60 cents each. As I thought about ideas of where to give them away next winter, I figured I may as well go buy the rest, if they had any more.
As I walked back to that section, there was a sign that said that all clothing with blue dots was on sale. Infant clothing with blue dots was 70% off; all other was 90% off. When I see 90% off, my adreneline starts pumping and I am “in” for the duration!
One of the things I have in my heart to do in August is a Back -to -School event in an underprivileged neighborhood. My goal is that each child would get a new piece of clothing… with the tag still on it! That’s what I’m thinking as I start pulling clothes off the rack!
After I had gathered about 12 items, I thought I better go check the prices. It makes a difference in how much I can buy if it is 70% or 90% off. I get to the register and the cashier scans each piece. It all is one cent! I look at him and he’s shaking his head, telling me that if that’s what it scans for, then that’s what he has to give it to me for.
I get a cart and head back to the clothing section.
The cashier comes back a few minutes later to find me and tells me that he can’t guarantee it will all ring up for a penny. I assure him I totally understand. I know I already have a dozen pieces virtually free so I can pay the 70% off price, if need be. I tell him about my plan to give it all away. He was enthusiastically supportive. I confess to him that I believe this is no coincidence… that God is directly involved…that He has made provision. I call it a “God-thing.” He agrees that God has blessed me!
I head back up to the register with a cart full of clothes. Each one rings up for a penny. The cashier continues to shake his head. A line is forming behind me. Half way through the transaction, the manager walked by and saw the one cent sales. She tells me that when things are priced at one cent, it is a code of sorts for the store to pull the items off the shelves. She is not happy about all the clothing she sees already in bags.
I say, “So what you’re telling me is that today is my lucky day!”
She reluctantly agrees.
Another checker opens and all the other people behind me in line move over there. I feel conspicuous. Part of me feels like I’m stealing. Deep down, however, I am confident it is God’s provision.
In the end, I left the store with 51 clothing items. Many of them were 2 piece sets – pants and tops for young boys. So technically I probably bought closer to 70 pieces of clothing for 51 cents. I went to my friends’ house who lives nearby and has been involved in our Acts of Kindness Adventures. I showed them just some of the clothing and explained what had happened.
They were as excited as I was! They took me to their neighbor’s house so I could tell them the story. We rejoiced together at God’s faithfulness. I left to go teach Bible Study but started out with this story, knowing I wouldn’t have been able to concentrate on the lesson otherwise. My friends went back to that same store and got 19 more pieces for our giveaway!
I know these pictures don’t really do it justice. There was no way to display it all. There are 4 or 5 of some particular shirts and blouses. Trust me when I say that with this one little shopping spree, we will be able to give at least 50 children something new… with tags still on it… for 50 cents!
And speaking of details, I’m not sure if I told you that our experience at “Play in the Park” found us with many more boys than girls. And this clothing? Three-fourths of it is for boys!
Finally, those hats I originally went back for? They were also a penny a piece… even with a gray dot!
Believing God Provides in Amazing Ways With You,