16 Apr

Bested by the Outnet, Consoled by Etsy

Remember that $1 sale on theoutnet.com that I told you all about a couple of weeks ago?  For those of you who signed up, you know that the time of the sale was a secret, but that it would start sometime today.  I had a feeling they would do it either super early or super late, so I prepared myself ahead of time.

I picked out 5 items that I really loved a few days ago, so I’d be ready to type in their product numbers and hope that one of them was still available.  I went to bed a little after midnight (California time), but I set my alarm to go off every hour on the hour, so I could check my email and see if the sale started.  Sure enough, when it woke me at 4 a.m., the email was in my inbox.

Here’s what I did wrong:

1) Slept.  I got the email at 3:45, but didn’t wake up ’til 4, so I lost 15 valuable minutes.

2) Lived in California.  It was nearly 7 a.m. for your East Coast folks.  Grrr…

3) Didn’t read carefully.  Apparently, not everything on the site was on sale (including the 5 items I happened to pick out ahead of time.)  So, by the time I checked the items I actually wanted, everything was sold out.

Basically, I was SO CLOSE to scoring an awesome deal.  But, unfortunately, no cigar.  Which would be fine, except that I woke up in such a frenzy , that now I can’t fall back asleep for the life of me!  (I don’t usually blog at 5 a.m. on only 4 hours sleep, so forgive me if this post makes little sense.)

But I refuse to end my blog week on a bad note, so I’d like to share the one awesome purchase I made this week that puts me in a good mood every time I think about it.

Let me start by saying that Travis surprised me this week when I came home from work to a little office nook that I could call my own.  I have desperately been wanting a desk, but I didn’t think we had room in our tiny apartment.  Somehow, he found a way, and it completely made my week.  Thanks, Travis!!

Okay, so back to my purchase… naturally, I wanted to decorate my awesome nook because there are few things I hate more than bare white walls.  Thanks to Thrifty Solutions for an Urban Girl, I came across this adorable print on Etsy:

I fell in love instantly, and I knew it would be perfect to hang up next to my desk.  (I am a writer, after all.)  KeepCalmShop sells all kinds of cute “keep calm” posters (including “Keep Calm Carry On” and “Keep Calm Eat Cupcakes”) in just about every color imaginable.

So, there it is… I was definitely bested by The Outnet, but as always, Etsy was there to cheer me up!  (I can’t wait to get my print in the mail!!)

Did any of you lovelies magically score on The Outnet sale this morning?  Did you try and fail like I did?  Have you made any other awesome purchases lately?  Cheer me up and tell me about it in the comments!

And don’t forget— today is the last day to enter this week’s giveaway!  Check it out here.


{ posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 }


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Comments: {6}

  • Marina writes:

    Total fail! I couldn’t get up that early because I am SO jet lagged… That’s so tricky of them though! Unfair to people on Pacific Coast Time. I love the print you got; funnily enough, I saw the cupcakes one while I was in Washington D.C. I’ve always been inspired by quotes or a simple phrase that you can just glance at quickly as a reminder when things are crazy. My purchase of the week? These awesome ceramic mugs with silicone lids and sleeves! Sounds weird, but is actually super awesome. It basically looks like a cup from Starbucks, but the cup is ceramic, and the lid and sleeve are silicone. I got one in Washington D.C. with a cute pattern for my mom, but found similar versions online. I never turn down a more exciting way to carry coffee ;)
    http://www.amazon.com/Porcelain-Friendly-Reusable-Coffee-Silicone/dp/B002VIMZ0M/ref=pd_sim_k_13
    http://www.amazon.com/Get-Organized-19180-ECO-CUP/dp/B001S42FZK/ref=pd_sim_k_4
    http://www.amazon.com/DCI-Paper-10-Ounce-Porcelain-Travel/dp/B0016CSBJS/ref=pd_sim_k_2

  • Michelle Anna writes:

    I’m getting this poster, but in Hot Pink!

  • Karen writes:

    Just saw those cute mugs at Target! I could only find one on Target online, but the store had several choices. I love them – not just cute, but ceramic keeps the coffee flavor fresher than stainless steel.
    http://www.target.com/dp/B0036ULFUA/ref=gp_se_search-results-asin-redirect

  • roni writes:

    sorry delete the previous post that’s the wrong link!! http://blog.brooklynposh.com/2010/04/16/outnet-sale-my-ass.aspx?ref=rss

  • Charlene Kuser writes:

    I got an email about this sale and was too late.I looked forward to getting
    some good deals.I thought their would be a more things available.Now I don’t
    feel so bad.I have not seen any other good deals lately

  • M writes:

    I missed out too.. believe it or not…i set my alarm @ 1 am…lol..then i woke up & check my email…nada…then check again @ 5ish..still none..went back to sleep then finally woke up…i was late for the bus no time to check again…by the time i get to work it’s closed…i even called them..they said the sale is over…grrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!

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