Pack, Pack, Pack!

We turned up at the shop today and found we had a record number of packages to send off. A normal Monday sees us with anywhere between two and ten parcels to send. Today there were fourteen. Not only that but one of the orders was for twenty eight medallions to go to Australia.

That required a stout box, brown paper and some old-fashioned wrapping skills.

We sent out pennies and sixpences, several coin sets, a seventeenth century token, two lots of banknotes and a variety of other things I can’t quite remember.

We also bought some coins (including a stunning Gothic Florin) and turned two lots of stuff away as it had originally been bought from the Sunday supplements and were thus (a) expensive and (b) poor quality. This is always sad as we know we are disappointing people, who often buy it with an eye to either investment or leaving it to grandchildren.

I’m tempted to use the word tawdry, but it seems a bit cruel, even though it does allow me to use an interesting link.

At the moment it’s a bit of a sore point as we overpaid when buying a few things that turned out to be very cheap on eBay. We will have to transfer some of the cost to the other things we bought. Some you win, some you lose…

The moral of this is don’t buy from people who spend a fortune on advertising, as you are paying for the advertising rather than the item.

And if you want to leave something to the grandchildren put some money into a savings account.

14 thoughts on “Pack, Pack, Pack!

  1. jodierichelle

    I had to click on both of those links and I was not disappointed. That is, indeed, a stunning coin (I admit I had scoffed as I read your description). And the lineage of “tawdry” is fascinating! I love that stuff!

  2. Clare Pooley

    No wonder you get painful fingers (how are they, by the way?) – you are forever counting coins, packing and wrapping. I was reading about poor Audrey the other day. Not only dying of a tumour but had to put up with people saying ‘serves you right!’

    1. quercuscommunity

      Yes, she seems to have been badly done to. I hadn’t realised that she was St Etheldreda until I searched for the link tonight. I was familiar with Etheldreda and Audrey but had never made the link between the two.

      The fingers are fine thanks – probably benefiting from the exercise. πŸ™‚


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