Monday, January 19, 2009

Door-to-door homemade birthday cards! Woot-woot!

So, I'm at home minding my own business when there comes a knock at the door. I open it to find a handicapped man about my age or so. He proceeds to tell me in his jumbled words that he has a homemade birthday card for sale. He's holding it up and it's a piece of red card stock folded in half with Happy Birthday written on it. He tells me that it's for sale for two quarters. I said, "Oh, okay, so you're selling the card for fifty cents. Hold on a minute." He clarified, "two quarters and I have two." As he pulls out another card from his pocket. It was rather magical that it wasn't even bent. I don't know how he did it! So, I go to my purse and pull out two quarters to buy a card from him. He was so excited when I gave him the quarters. We said our thanks to each other and I see him go over to his bike. Which is also super impressive that the cards weren't bent from a bike ride. I have never seen this guy before and have no idea who he is or where he lives. Anyway, I decided I am SO giving it to Summer for her birthday! The best freakin' card she's ever had!

Because it was such an odd yet awesome experience, I couldn't contain my excitement so I told Suzanne and Summer about the card. I couldn't help it! They both pointed out to me that I was a jerk for only buying one card. If I had bought the other one, he could have headed home. I am such a jerk! But, I only had two quarters and I was afraid if I gave him a dollar for both cards he might get upset and freak out. Okay...I'm justifying. Remember when I said I was frugal? What do you bet he comes back now selling me cards for every occasion? Or, maybe some useless household items? And, how the heck did he know that it was my birthday and Summer's birthday in a week...Hmmmm?


Hillary said...

That is sweet. If he comes back you should ask him what he does with the quarters. Is that how he earns his laundry money? Is it just for his soda and candy bar? Or is he trying to collect all the different quarters from the fifty states?

When I was a teller at a bank we got robbed by an official crazy lady. She passed the teller next to me a note that said give me all your quarters. My friend was terrified because at the moment she only had about three quarters. Don't worry we all made it out ok, but it was crazy. She wanted the quarters for her laundry.

I don't think it was bad just to buy one card. I would have been afraid to give him anything but quarters too. This way he also knows you are not a complete sucker because he couldn't unload his whole supply on you.

Joby, Julie, and Cru said...

Fantastic! I wish he came to my door. He is brilliant! To bad summer wasn't there. Maybe he could have given her some pointers in case she wants to sell generic perfume again. Happy Birthday Sum!

Summer said...

Funny I never actually received this card.