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Purchase: sand and water table.

Since I can't get Laurel to preschool until she decides to use the toilet, she needs more ways to keep occupied when playing on the patio and out of the plants. (She took out another pot of seedlings today.)

On its way in the next few days will be a Little Tikes Easy Store™ Sand & Water Table, courtesy of a good find on eBay.

Now I just have to get her to sleep since she's currently resisting.


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May. 12th, 2004 03:38 am (UTC)
Hey, that thing's kinda neat. I think I've seen those when I was younger, but never really made the connection that you could get them, as I couldn't afford one then (or I don't know, maybe even had one for a short while?) and don't really care now that I can. (Well, I mean, for myself.)
May. 12th, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC)
The better preschool I attended had one and it was one of my favorite activities there when I was Laurel's age. (The year I was three I attended an on-campus college preschool and it was lovely; the year I was four I attended one attached to an elementary school and it sucked.)

I wanted a water table something fierce after that, but I don't think there was an affordable home version then.

Incidentally, the great deal I found is offered by Little Tikes itself -- they sell on eBay with starting prices about 10% off retail and Buy It Now prices a hair under retail.
May. 12th, 2004 07:07 pm (UTC)
That's cool! I was going to mention that I hoped the seller didn't end up screwing you (even though I haven't really had any bad negative eBay experiences, as least none that weren't my own damn fault (i.e. accidentally buying a bootleg instead of a real one)), but since it's the company themselves, hey! It is bonus and extra-safe!
May. 12th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC)
I would have been leery if it wasn't from a seller with a brick-and-mortar business or one I've dealt with before.

My experience with My Vintage Hut taught me that if you don't get a shipping confirmation or the order within a week, e-mail the seller regularly until you are given the status of the order. She permanently tainted my view of "work at home mothers".
May. 12th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah -- I try to stick to those if I can. Although, one time, I ordered a poster through one of them, and it took For Fucking Ever.

My On The Air tape was a guy, though, and it took a long time, but he was goin' through some rough stuff and was in touch constantly to let me know he hadn't forgot, so it wasn't a big deal, and I got the tape, so that was cool. I would have liked it sooner, but sometimes stuff comes up that you don't know will when you put up an auction. And since he was upfront about it, it didn't bother me too much. I _hate_ it when the person goes AWOL forever, and then will go "Oh, wait, sorry, I'll send that out now" and then go AWOL for another month and then either sends it out through Crappy Mail or goes "Uh, I can't find it. Sorry."

Of course, I had one recently where I ordered a bunch of stuff through half, and one of the items came via Priority Mail because the person felt bad about having waited like 2 or 3 days to get it.

It was the first item to arrive.
May. 12th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
I want notice when my order ships; if that's not within a week of the auction closing/order being made, they'll hear from me inquiring to the status of the order. I prefer sellers that communicate because it leaves me feeling like things are clear and above the table, although when I bought a DVD of Arise! from the co-producer (not Stang, the other guy), his cheerfully cryptic e-mails were hella cool.
May. 12th, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC)
I do too. It seems to be only polite to say when it ships and when you receive it. But that's just me. Although I typically wait about 2 weeks before emailing, just in case it's shipped already. If I haven't got it in 2 weeks, then there's probably something up. But... yeah, people should really email.

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