What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Friday, November 05, 2010

My New BFF

I ((Heart)) Lowe's.

Lowe's is my new BFF.

Thursday night, well, actually Friday morning at midnight, they kicked off their early Black Friday Event.  It was a Facebook Event.  At midnight (11:00 here) they were going to release a code and the first 100 people to use it and complete an order for a Kitchen-Aid Mixer would get it for 90% off.  

I sat by the computer refreshing the page to get the code.  I never in a million years thought I would get it to work, but I wanted to play along.  Just for fun.   When the code came through, I went immediately to the Lowe's website and put in the code.  It took about three minutes to process to the next page, so I knew that those 100 codes had to be long gone.  But, what the heck, I plugged in my credit card info and hit Complete Order.  I figured I would just cancel the order.

I waited and waited for it to process.  While I waited, I went back to Facebook.  There were thousands of people on there complaining that the site was down - it had crashed - the codes were gone, etc.  They were not happy campers. 

But, still, I waited - I waited for the page to process.  I watched that little green bar fill in sloooowly.

And when it did - at 11:11 - the page turned and it said ORDER COMPLETE. 

Order total.......$18.10.

Holy crap!

For a Kitchen-Aid Mixer!

Holy Crap!

I waited for an email saying, "Sorry, it was a mistake."  Instead, I got an email with an Order Confirmation.

Still - too good to be true, right?  So, I went to bed.  And dreamed of my mixer and bread and cookies and divinity and pizza crust and meringues.

First thing this morning, I turned on the computer to get my "Sorry, it was a mistake" email.  Instead, I got a "Your order is ready to be picked up" email

Holy Crap!

So, I threw myself together and headed to Lowe's.  But, I knew when I got there, they would take my Order Confirmation, look at that $18.10 price, fall down laughing, wipe away their tears and say, "You aren't serious, are you?"

I walked in, feeling like I was about to commit a crime.  I handed the clerk my confirmation.  And waited.  The girl took my papers, walked over to a guy behind the counter and said, "They are here for that mixer."  Oh, no,  They had been discussing me. 


When she walked back to me, she smiled and said, "Man you got the DEAL of a lifetime here!"  Apparently, my $18.10 mixer had been the talk of Lowe's that morning.  No one there even knew about the Black Friday Event, so they had to call corporate when they saw that discount of $162.00 on my order.

They told me to go home and Bake.  Kind of like, "Go forth and Procreate".  It was all sort of Biblical. 
My new baby.
Whip it good!
I already whipped up some eggs.  For no reason at all.  Other than to whip eggs. 

So, to my new best friend Lowe's......I LOVE YOU. 

Thank you for my new Kitchen-Aid Mixer. 

I'll bring you by some cookies soon, BFF.


  1. Anonymous6:00 PM

    She Shoots ...she scores !!!!

  2. OMG!! Jealous... I DID NOT pay that little for mine!!

  3. OMGSH! What a deal! I thought mine was a steal, but it was no where near as low as yours! ENJOY! Looking forward to seeing all the baked goods you will be making!!

  4. Goodness me, WHAT a FABULOUS bargain! I'm so pleased for you :o) I know you'll have many, many hours of pleasure and treats with your KA!

  5. That is the BEST! I'm super glad for you! It's a once in a lifetime deal :)

  6. annabel527:52 PM

    If I send you a bottle of water would you just touch it or something so you great luck will rub off on it and then you can send it back to me?
    Congrats...I am soooooo jealous

  7. You were one of the few lucky ones that got on before their website crashed. They have about 150K people TICKED OFF on their Facebook page!! :)

  8. I envey you so much that has been on my list for years and I just can't bring myself to pay the cash for one. Oh give it a hug for me.

  9. Wonderful! Awesome deal and you are one lucky lady that is for sure!!

  10. That is the best. deal. ever! Congratulations!

  11. I am so happy for you, what a thrill! I've had my Kitchenaid so long, she must be a vintage one by now. Be sure to give your new beauty a name (mine is Carmen) and she will definitely be your BFF!

  12. And what did you do with the whipped eggs? :)

    BEAUTIFUL mixer. I'm jealous! :)

  13. Wow. Good job. I'm happy for you.


  14. I am glad that SOMEBODY I Know & LIKE is reaping some benefit from one of those NASTY BIG BOX STORES~ I'll leave it at that... get down off of my soap box and offer you a hearty GOOD JOB!!!! - sounds like you Seriously WORKED for that baby!!! I was expecting to see it in a FUN PINK color though 8-)

    Now, when shall I be awaiting the first batch of cookies????

    (Sorry about the initial 'bit$%'... you know I work at a 'small hometown hardware' that was almost put under when L...s came to town!!)

  15. Melissa7:33 AM

    WOW!!! I always thought deals like this happened to "other people" and now it has happened to someone I know!
    I am thrilled for you!
    Besides getting a sweet mixer you have a great story to go along with it and that is priceless!
    Go tie on an apron and get cooking!

  16. Theresa in St. Louis7:45 AM

    Wow...just wow! You're the best!

  17. Yea for you Shara. I love my KA. I wish I had recorded each pound cake,cookie dough, birthday cake, pumpkin roll, gooey butter cake, etc., it ever made. It would surely be in the hundreds maybe thousands.
    It has never failed me. I love it. YOU will love yours too. After last week at the SCT, you deserve to get a deal. You go girl.

    Happy baking!!

  18. What an excellent deal! I've had mine for quite awhile now and you will love it. Congratulations!!

  19. I saw on some blog that you can order vinyl to decorate up your mixer (words, swirls, etc.) I think you should get flames like Alton Brown's mixer and maybe add some rhinestones. Because who doesn't need a bling-ed out mixer?

    I LOVE that you got such a good deal!

  20. Congratulations! I'm so glad that you got through and got a spectacular deal. We use ours fairly often, it's probably one of my favorite kitchen appliances.

  21. That is AMAZING!! I found out about this deal the day after. I wouldnt have been as lucky though! LUCKY LUCKY you!

  22. PocketChange11:02 AM

    Congratulations, Shara! What a deal!

    Do you think Karma had something to do with it? You get overcharged at a thrift store one day, and five days later, you get a sw-eet deal worth loads more money at a giant retail store? Say, maybe you should call the mixer 'Karma'?

  23. I know I'm the last to hear (it's been a little busy) but I am just amazed at your good luck. Good for you!!! Bring on the meringue!

  24. OH MY GOSH!!! That's awesome!
    SOOO envious!


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