I tend to get really excited about good deals.
For the most part, particularly when it comes to clothes and household (decorative) items, I buy things on sale. I hate paying full price for stuff (though strangely, I don’t use coupons when grocery shopping because I always forget to take them) and often come home exclaiming about the shorts and 2 shirts I found for $20. When I lived with my parents I only got my hair done by a friend of the family, because she only charged $40 for a highlight. Since moving here, I’ve had my hair highlighted at a salon once and a hair school once, because I typically buy boxed dye. At my friends wedding I recently admitted this to a stylist, who shuddered. I know many times you get what you pay for, but since my hair is curly, its difficult to make it look too terrible.
Sorry, but I just don’t have 100+$ lying around and quite frankly, I’d rather buy running shoes.
Groupon has been a favorite of mine recently, and I’m always on the lookout for good deals on hair. So when I found one that was priced at $39 for a full highlight, cut, and style only a few miles away from my house, I was so excited I clicked buy immediately. $40 for a full highlight? Sign me up!
I shared my excitement with a friend the next day, who pointed out that $40 was awfully cheap for what you got. (But it was SUCH a good deal!!) So I showed it to her and while yes it was cheap, it looked like a normal place. I did have to admit, however, that the name Gracious Living Salon and Spa was a bit strange. I Google mapped the address and found that it was not downtown like I had thought, but along the area of road with houses and businesses in houses. Salon in a house? Not a big deal.
On the way home from work Monday I kept my eyes peeled for the address, and as I drove by, discovered that the address exactly matched the address of the brand new retirement community, named Summerville Estates: A Gracious Retirement Living Community.
And suddenly, it made sense why the name Gracious Living Spa seemed kind of odd.
For about a day and a half I toyed with the idea calling my $40 a loss. I kept imagining myself sitting in this chair surrounded by 5 or 6 of my best retired friends, hoping the lady didn’t accidentally highlight my hair grey. I considered the questions I might ask when I called, wondering if there was an appropriate way to ask if they had experience working with….uh….younger hair. I could just see the conversation:
Me: Hi, I purchased a Groupon for your salon and would like to make an appointment. But uh….I have a question first. Are you directly affiliated with the retirement home? And if so, am I going to look totally ridiculous walking in asking for a highlight? Also, do you carry blonde? No, I’m not joking.
After doing some more research, I found that it is actually located BEHIND the retirement home, not in it. (That was another funny picture – walking in to the front desk, asking for the salon….and no, not for my grandmother). It has some good feedback on Facebook (oh what would we do without Facebook?) so I called yesterday to make an appointment and had to leave a message. Regardless of the outcome, it makes for an amusing story, where everyone makes fun of how silly I am.
June 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm
I lovegroupon deals. So far I got 6 months of unlimited yoga for 20, I went about 12 times and 1 month of unlimited boot camps, I went 3 times a week and a 3 month gym membership, and I went like 3 times a week during the winter, got me through the winter-I-hate-running-outside-hump.
I wished they had an ivf groupon, like 1k for a cycle….
(I also only buy and dye at home, it’s the non permenant kind, I only buy on sale)
Also have had my husband cut my hair.
June 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm
This made me laugh out loud… for real, not in the lol sense.
June 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm
Awesome! I was hoping it would make at least one person laugh!
June 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm
What a gorgeous story… hope your appt goes well 🙂 xo
June 9, 2012 at 11:23 pm
Hhahaha…a funny story. I hope you enjoy the treat. You just reminded me I need to get my hair cut…..long live curly hair for hiding imperfections 🙂
June 10, 2012 at 10:32 am
So far I’ve called and left two messages to make an appointment. No one has called back. Bah.
June 11, 2012 at 6:26 am
hehe, funny story, hope you get your appointment soon but strange no one has called back.