Today we decided to make another trip down to Algodones, mainly because we heard they make great margaritas and today seem like a good day for a margarita:-)
Like the last time we went to Algodones we just walked right into Mexico … that still blows me away! We wandered through some shops and picked up a few souvenirs and then went to one of the courtyards for lunch … and margaritas. The drinks were only $3.00 USD each and they were big and had a kick, they do not chintz on the tequila.
When we walked through the shops before lunch I found a tablecloth I really liked but surprisingly nobody ran up to try and sell it to me, so I moved on. While we were at lunch, vendors are constantly walking up and trying to sell you something, which we quickly brushed off with a “No Gracias” and they move on. Then Antonio came along with some tablecloths and one of them was the fabric I wanted … so then begins the negotiations. Now I really hate bargaining and when I made my earlier purchases hubby told me I overpaid so I told him the next item was his to negotiated. I had decided I wouldn’t pay more than $20.00 for my tablecloth but it was up to hubby to get it down to where he was happy, which of course scared me a little because he could care less if I got a new tablecloth!
Antonio shows me the tablecloth and tells me it is $45.00 but after looking at it I decide it is too big. No problem for Antonio he will get me a smaller size in the same fabric … so off he goes. About 15 minutes pass and Antonio comes back with a smaller tablecloth in the exact same material and he wants $35.00 for this one. Hmm … I hum and haw … so far hubby hasn’t done any negotiating but that’s okay because I decide this tablecloth is too small. Again no problem for Antonio he will run back and get me the bigger size, poor guy, I really hope he doesn’t have to run to far and now I’m feeling bad because he’s not making any sales while I have him running back and forth. As I mention this to hubby he wisely points out that maybe Antonio should have brought the larger size back when he brought the smaller size, yes, I have to admit that might have been better time management:-) Anyway we are now onto our second margarita and I’m feeling sorry for Antonio so I’m ready to pay $35 for the bigger tablecloth but I do remind hubby that this is his negotiation and he reminds me that he is not paying $35 for a tablecloth that he doesn’t need. Oh oh I think, I’m really not going to get this tablecloth and Antonio will have done all this work for nothing:-(
Antonio arrives back with the larger tablecloth (and no he didn’t bring the smaller one as well … maybe hubby needs to give him some sales lessons, but I digress). Yup I decide the larger one it the one I want so hubby finally steps into the negotiations and he offers $20.00. Antonio gets a sad look on his face and says $35.00. Hubby, who remember doesn’t really want this tablecloth, smiles and says no, $20.00 is all he will pay. Again Antonio looks sad and says $30.00 … to save some time, they go back and forth and Antonio finally says $23.00 and before hubby can come back with his $20.00 offer, Antonio says he will throw in a Mexican suitcase if hubby will pay $23.00 (a Mexican suitcase is a plastic bag). Now hubby is laughing hysterically and tells Antonio that for that good laugh he will pay $23.00 … and I came home with a really nice tablecloth!
Until next time …