Me: Is everything 50% off?
Lady (emphatically): NO. We do this every last Tuesday. When you flip your calendar over, find the last Tuesday and mark on it Volunteers of America 50% Off Day.
Me: ... So, everything is 50% off today.
Lady (like it's obvious): Yes. And every other day this month anything with these colored tags is on sale. If it has a grey tag, tomorrow it will be 50% off and if it has a red tag it will be 75% off. That way there is always something on sale.
Me: Is there a way to know what things have which color tags?
Lady (like I don't know what colors are): It's the color of the tag. See? This one is grey.
Me: Well yeah, but I mean, is there some way to know what clothes will have which color tags? Like if I wanted to look for things with red tags, do they mean something?
Lady (like speaking to someone who doesn't speak English): It means it's 75% off. That's what the colors mean.
Me: ... Okay. ::gives up because she's finished ringing me out and there's a line behind me::
Perhaps I was unclear in asking if there was a code for the color of the tags, like grey tags are sweaters and red tags are high-waisted polyester grandma pants. But the moral of the story is: Volunteers of America has a 50% off everything day on the last Tuesday of every month. I bought six pieces of clothing for under six dollars. I call that winning. And of course, I brought back some photographic souvenirs. Enjoy.
|Seven of the same ugly wig.|
|Haunting frog statue, circa the early 90's pastel era.|
|Portrait of the matador as a young man.|
I did the modern version of 'flipping my calendar and finding the last Tuesday' so there's now a monthly reminder in my cellphone about the VOA sale. I might have to go back sooner though, just to buy that painting so I can cross my sister-in-law off my Christmas shopping list.