Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Art of the Grab



(This is a sequel of sorts to some things I mentioned in a previous post.

Can you imagine the woman above ever grabbing at anything?)


in an upbringing that included adages like

’company goes first’


ingrained responses like, ‘no, you go ahead’,

it is sometimes hard to reconcile that taught behavior with what

happens in the world of flea marketeering, estate sales, and close-outs.

To fully understand my dilemma ,

this goes waaaay back.

Yes, I admit, with my friend JB, I did fight off a horde of women at a store in McAllen


Cabbage Patch dolls,

at Christmas time,  out of boxes they brought from the back…

And yes, I confess,

I did on occasion, before Dillard’s realized they really shouldn’t put their

Department 56 Snow Village houses at 50% off after Christmas,

send my daughters scooting up the escalator to help us

leverage a good spot in the shopping.

(OK… so that was never a good idea…)

The point is, I know better.

The point also is that when you have this

search and grab thing in your blood
and you see something you love,

it can be a tad hard to control…

I have decided while writing this that I am going to change the language.

I am changing grab to


That sounds a little more refined.

Grab has such a negative connotation.

Snatch sounds almost British.

Yeah, right.

How do you handle your junking lust?



Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

There's always "block & tackle" . . . that's my husband's method or as he says, "I'm going in with elbows up!"

Have a great day!

Blondie's Journal said...

I usually do a little lurking around before I go in for the kill. That's putting it bluntly!!


Emily said...

Usually hyperventilation is involved then lots of GRABBING!!! :)

Theresa said...

I try not to snatch or grab... BUT, I am known to politely TAKE ALL of the $1.00 aprons:) OR, ALL of the $1.00 porcelain dolls that I can carry:) Nothing wrong with finding a bargain and TAKING as many as you can hold, right? What if nobody else wanted them and they would be stuck with packing them up:) hehe

I REALLY enjoy reading your blog! Have a blessed day dear Laura, HUGS!

Gail Dixon said...

I was raised the same way: others before self. My husband always gets on to me when driving because I don't dart out in front of someone knowing I'm going to turn in front of them shortly. I spend a lot of time waiting. But sometimes I get tired of always being last or overlooked or whatever and my southern sensibilities fly out the window. lol I like snatched but what about "snagged"? Enjoyed your post. Have a great day.

Brenda Pruitt said...

Right now I don't have to worry about it, as I'm saving my pennies!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

It is the incessant "grabbing" that keeps me away from many estate sales...the thrift store is much calmer for me!

Anonymous said...

Lordy, Lordy..those were the days! Did we have fun or what? I loved it. We simply ran in the door and nicely "took" them all! I would do it all over again, whether it be grabbing, snatching or acquiring!~

Pondside said...

Stealth. It's all about the feint and the diversionary tactic - then nipping in for the last-minute scoop.
I like the word scoop. :)

koralee said...

What a darling post...thank you for visiting me the other day. I usually take a peek around before I start grabbing but then I am sad as what I wanted sometimes is gone. xoxoxo Happy day to you

Deb said...

unfortunately I've learned the hard way...not grabbing...or snatching something...then go back to it...and it is gone....


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