The Tightwad Telegraph - Believe it or not.............
This is a completely true story, unbelievable but true, I know because this is happening to me now.
On Tuesday we went out to lunch for our belated Christmas dinner (please see my previous post) and it being a lovely spring day we went on to Uttoxeter for a mini trawl of the charity shops as MIL also loves a bargain. Our third stop was the lovely Salvation Army shop. I'd been in there last week and had admired a rather large and colourful handbag (ideal for carrying junk and knitting in) but didn't have any spare cash. Whether it was because the sun was shining or whether it was because I was full of a yummy lunch I decided to treat myself and paid a rather steep £4.95, however, I also got some very lovely curtains for the new reveal in a few weeks time for only £1.99 so combined I was happy and it is a lovely bag (did I mention - I do love bags)
|Mmmmm Nice Bag|
After MIL & FIL had had a cuppa and set off home I started to inspect my days purchases (I also got a nice shirt) and when I opened the zippered pocket on the back of the bag I found a bunch of personal papers belonging to the previous owner, CC details, bank details, business cards, receipts etc. a watch and an AA battery. I was concerned that someone had left such things and showed them to Mr Tightwad, l then threw them onto the just lit fire.
So Imagine this conversation:-
Him:"Let's have a look at the watch"
Me:"Not my style and she must have a really skinny wrist"
Him:"It says Gucci on it"
Me:"Oh Yeah, not a Rolex then?"
Him:"No seriously, it says Gucci, there's a number and a serial number, look"
Me:"Like I could see that without my glasses, go'way with yer"
Him:"Get your glasses, It's a Gucci"
Me:"OMG" "Google it!"
Turns out it's a Gucci retailing at £450+ (just in case I googled fakes as well, even they're £250)
|The Actual Gucci|
Fast Forward through 2 hours of stupid grinning and coming down off a weird high................
Me:"I can't keep it though, it's not mine" - And it's not.
While I can't imagine ever paying that much for a watch and then being daft enough to lose it I'm kind of worried that it may be of sentimental value to the real owner, you know, a gift from a loved one, and I have to at least try to get it back to her. Unfortunately, I burned all the bloody papers that had the name and address on without even really looking at them. Doh!
The only thing I can remember is the business card, so have done an internet search and found the company. I've just sent a rather bizarre email trying to find the previous owner of a handbag donated to a charity shop and I've included my contact details but have offered no description of the item I found in the bag.
Watch this space (no pun intended)
Fast Forward again to today:-
Please excuse the lack of punctuation marks - I'm sure you'll get the drift.....
Oh Hello, this is Mrs X, you sent me an email.....About the bag
Yes, that's right, were you the owner?
Yes, I dropped of 2 bags of stuff a couple of weeks ago, did I leave something in it?
Well yes, some papers that I have destroyed and there was a watch!
Oh, well it's probably just an old thing....was it silver?
Erm no, it's more of a gold colour
Well, I don't think it's much of anything.......do you?
Well I think it might be
Can't think of anything missing.....(insert sound of grinding gears here) Oh, wait, it's not by any chance my bangle watch is it?
Yes, yes it is!
Well what's that doing there?...........Oh wait, I remember, I took it for a new battery and it needed to be sent away so I didn't bother...........I wondered what I'd done with it.
Well, I have it if you would like it back.
You're very honest, thanks, if you could just drop it off next time you're passing please......
There you go........comments please!
Mrs Tightwad xx