Karma comes to those who smile

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You know the drill. You have an event to go to, you have the money but af­ter hours hit­ting the shops, you can’t find the right dress.

Con­versely, the credit card is maxed out, you have nowhere to wear them but the per­fect pair of shoes in your size is on sale and you must have them.

Shop­ping karma is a fickle thing that seems to be­stow good luck or bad in­dis­crim­i­nately.

I have a friend who has the abil­ity to at­tract ex­actly the things she needs, as she needs them.

Up to her neck in ren­o­vat­ing, she and her part­ner are hunters and for­agers, al­ways on the look­out for build­ing ma­te­ri­als, ap­pli­ances and home­wares that they can re­use.

Last week, af­ter fi­nally de­cid­ing on the bath­room tiles she wanted, she popped into her lo­cal junk shop to find a stack of boxes con­tain­ing the tiles in just the right shade of blue.

Know­ing that some of them would be bro­ken, she bought the lot for a song rather than pick­ing over each car­ton po­ten­tially an­noy­ing the staff and cre­at­ing a mess.

This was af­ter she had picked up a small sash win­dow she saw propped next to a skip bin as she was driv­ing me home.

A quick check with the tape mea­sure con­firmed it was the right size but be­fore stash­ing it in the car, she knocked on the door to en­sure it was all right to take.

The two old builders who came out could not have been hap­pier to see it re­pur­posed, and had in­deed left it next to the bin in the hope that some­one would want to take it home.

A lot of smiles and a lit­tle flirt­ing later and the win­dow was on its way to a new lo­ca­tion.

Per­haps karma is not so fickle af­ter all.

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