We have been working on redoing our kitchen now for a couple of years. We have been doing the pay as you go plan and are nearly done. I have a few things yet to do, but the one I knew was coming but had been dragging my heels on was the refrigerator. It had been freezing certain areas of the refrig causing me to loose tons of fresh produce. Yet it was always frosting up areas of the freezer as though the door was left open. Our trusty appliance repair man had looked at it and told us it was time to move on. The refrigerator was old enough that from an energy standpoint it needed to go; technology and energy efficiency had moved on. It was so small that it really wasn’t large enough for us since we don’t shop groceries very often. Suddenly this week the freezer portion of it went nuts and the time to replace it was NOW.
All my months of browsing the appliance department every time I was near a large box store or the local appliance store had come to a halt. Time for research and looking had come to an immediate end. My quirky demands for some things that could only be found on the highest end refrigerator and the desire for other things that could only be found on the lowest end models no longer mattered. I could no longer refused certain things and demanded other things. Compromise and prioritize were my first and second names. I also was a realist that I wasn’t going to find any refrigerator that I wanted for the price point I was seeking. Nothing in my research had even come close to what I wanted to spend. I checked online and the big box stores would take 10-14 days to deliver to my local. So I took some time off of work Thursday and went to the local appliance shop and found my new refrigerator.
It reminded me again of the joys of shopping locally. The local store doesn’t keep much stock on hand, but then what store does now days. They did have white refrigerator, that they were willing to deliver out to my place the next day even if Friday was rural north and I was rural South. It was just too small and I was giving up everything I really wanted, so I passed. My salesman had already talked to the owner and they both knew I was in a bind but wasn’t going to just settle. So we looked at things I liked and looked at when the next shipments were coming from the various makers. Calls were made to see if they could x or y and how soon. We got lucky in that a shipment was coming from one manufacture and they were able to add an add-on item and it will be in store on Tuesday. It will be at my house on Wednesday (still not a rural south delivery day). These folks understood my dilemma. They wanted my business because each of them knew it made a difference. Most of all they had no corporate policy that could not be changed or bent, they right then and there could make a decision that was out of their normal practice to make my life a little easier.
It wasn’t easy to get here, but now that the purchase is done I am ready for it to arrive and be one step closer to done. In the meantime all the stuff that used to be in my upstairs refrigerator is now in the deep freeze in the basement and the meter wheel on my electricity is whirling like crazy.