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Preparing for Fall

Like the grashopper and the ant, I finally realized I’d better start preparing for winter. Okay, so I didn’t gather seeds, but we did do a very New England-y thing…we hit 3 different LL Bean Outlet stores in 1 afternoon (Concord, Manchester and Nashua NH). Haul for my family = 1 pair of pants, 3 different fleece items (1 pullover, two windproof jackets) 2 sweaters, 3 t-shirts, a winter hat and a tote bag that, miraculously, had my actual initials on it*. Total spent? $200.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of shopping LLBean, and buy a personalized item (backback, totebag, luggage, lunchbox, etc) you can return it. I have no idea why you would unless there was a flaw, but the outlet stores are full of these new and unused returned items. Some with first names, some with last names. I was joking that I was going to get something with someone else’s name to use for undercover work when Mr. Dump, helping me look for a good fake name, actually found one with my actual initials. I have NEVER had that happen.

It was as if the Virgin Mary had appeared in a grilled cheese sandwich, you see? Or Abraham Lincoln in a potato chip. Some things are just touched by the hand of God.

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  1. Anji

     /  August 15, 2006

    The catalogue WINTER sales have already started here. You’ve probably had your one turn with God now so I hope you bought whatever it was.

  2. Jody

     /  August 16, 2006

    Yes, that was my 2006 “Touched by God” moment. I look forward to the 2007 moment!

  3. Christine

     /  August 16, 2006

    I love LL Bean. I especially love going to the outlet store and seeing all the returned monogrammed stuff to see if they have anything with my name. Saves me a trip (although I get free monogramming with the LL Bean Visa as well as free shipping).

    Two weeks until the Burlington retail store opens September 1…