Karma comes to those who smile
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.