Our 'table number'.
The shopping list was as follows:
New dinner set.
New steak knives.
We tried four shops that sell towels and ended up getting what we wanted in Myer. All these old towels that never get used are going to the RSPCA. I have washed the new towels and I have red fluff all over my black jeans. They are going to be troublesome, I can see. The blue ones are going too. They show the stains where you dry your hands on them very badly. I have had enough of trying to keep them clean. There is a photo here of when we bought the last set, the blue and grey ones in this photo. We are keeping the grey set and one of the older sets for guests. Two new towels, bath mats and one hand towel, $102, discounted from $145.
The oldies and the new ones, washed and once dry, ready to use. The blue ones are going too, but they had to be washed first.
We tried three shops before we also found steak knives we liked at a good price in Myer. Our old ones have wooden handles and after over twenty years of use, they are suffering severely from diswasheritis. I think they came from Coles. We saved stamps and could get a knife and fork about once a fortnight. We had four sets. Six new steak knives at half price, $16.
We tried about about seven places for a dinner set, wanting only dinner and side plates, and cereal bowls. Our old set is chipped and marked. In the last place we tried, we found just what we wanted. They are very good quality, not too light and not too heavy and the bowls and plates not absurdly large. Two sets of four at half price made them $120.
Printer ink has gone up a bit. While the four pack of ink is a little cheaper, we already have a spare black ink cartridge from the last time when we bought the four pack. While we bought them at Dick Smith, a friend told us to go to Harvey Norman and ask if they can do a better cash price, and they always do for him. God forbid that we should run out of ink and Little Jo could not print something.
What we did not plan to buy is new milk jugs. One of our old ones is a lovely cream coloured jug in a classic shape and was bought second hand thirty years ago. The other is newer one and it is chipped and has been thrown out. Milk jugs, you wonder? We make our own milk from skim milk powder. Remember, if you tempted to try 'watery milk' as Little Jo calls it, it must mature overnight in the fridge. We always have full cream UHT milk at home for visitors. New jugs, reduced from $50 to $20 each.
We will keep the old cream jug but throw out the blue jug.
I had at hand one of those tear off maps of the shopping centre. Nonsense, said R. I know where Dick Smith is and confidently marched on. A minute or so later, he said, you have a map. You better check. I did and we found it but got thoroughly lost on the way back.
While there are many nice shop windows and things of beauty inside Chadstone, like all shopping centres of its style, the outside is horrible. However an attempt at making things a little more pleasant around the building has been made.
The consumerism did not end that day though, it continued the next after that evening R boiled a pot dry, picked up the vegetable steamer and the knob came off. It dropped into the sink and a leg broke. It is not very old, but today I bough a new plastic one. It was more expensive than the metal one, $24, and hopefully it will last longer. Fortunately I could buy this in town and not face Chadstone again.