But I have to admit, it all worked out pretty well.
I love REI for what they carry, hate them for their (almost complete lack of competent) custom service. And I really hate them during a large sale. Whereas they place bodies behind all available cash registers, you can still wait thirty minutes in the shoe department to have a box shoved at you. So I went after the sale catalog came out (so I knew what was on sale) but before the sale actually started. There was no one there, and I had all the bad custom service to myself.
I bought the sandals I had scoped out a few months ago (now on sale; these match the green bag I bought at REI a few weeks ago),
these hiking boots (not on sale, but the sale offered a 20% discount on a single full-priced item),
these shorts (on sale),
and these shorts (not on sale).
Then, I went back on Saturday during the sale (at least seventy people were waiting for shoes) with my receipt for what they term an adjustment. Adjust me, please!
And with my adjustment, I bought on the way out this snappy little camping end table
and some camp chairs (on sale: $13 each!).
These should be handy in the canoe we're borrowing from friends for our trip this summer.
Now that I've wrapped up my REI sale shopping, I can devote my full attention (or at least that I have reserved for our trip) to my concern about BEARS. Which is becoming rather significant. More on that later.