Friday, 30 April 2010
I learned about the Simple Caractere bazaar in Kifissias 282 through the lovely elianoula on twitter last Thursday and I was very eager to visit it. You see, I imagined this would be a much more civilized event (compared to to the last bazaar I attended) as it will be open more than a single weekend of mayhem, more specifically until the 15th of May. Moreover, Simple Caractere is the importer of Maloles shoes in Greece and I thought it wouldn't hurt if I could score some of their signature ballet flats on sale, before my two current pairs give up from the consant use.
Unfortunately there were no flats in my size.
However, I did spot two size 38s of the grey suede Maloles heels I got in Empoli Outlet back in February, and also some sizes in black. If you loved them back then, now is your chance! The initial price was €325 and the box says €140, but if you do the math according to that 70% off sign hanging above them, they will ring up to €97,5. Not bad for Maloles!
Blaming my luck on the ballet flats, I decided to continue browsing until I came upon this:
Dreamy silver sequins on dusty pink silk chiffon, this Ambre Babzoe top spelled bliss in my head.
Unfortunately, the one I initially found was missing all its tags, so I had to ask at the register for the price. After waiting for what seemed like a really long time, the cashier - who apparently was not in a good mood, as she was arguing with her husband on the phone - decided to grand me some of her precious time and help. She handed the top to a sales assistant, who went over to ask the boss for the price. She returned saying it costs €90 euros. I thanked her and continued browsing the shop.
After a while, guess what I find? The exact same top, only with tags. Original price €207, bazaar price €60.
I politelly informed the sales assistant of the mix-up and guess what her response was:
Oh? Huh... Well, ok. That would do too.
EXCUSE ME? You just tried to overcharge me €30 and I pointed it out to you. The least you can do is bloody apologize! And "huh, ok" won't cut it. After that incident I tried to continue my casual browsing, but I was furious. What bugs me the most isn't of course the €30, it's the attitude! What ever happened to I'm really sorry madam, it seems like there has been a mistake?
So, despite the fact I really loved that top, I was too pissed off to buy it. I put it down and left.
And these were my bazaaring adventures of the day.
And maybe that's for the best too, I don't actually *need* any more evening wear, even if it's pink chiffon adorned with sparkly sequins at 70% off. If you do however, the dreamy top is still out there.