Today, the Hubby and I headed over to the Heritage District, i.e., Old Downtown Irving, in pursuit of the H’s Xmas gift for JG (she already opened it a few hours ago, so it’s no spoiler for me to say that the gift was a mandolin).
We first went to Lone Star Pawn, a pawn shop that the H bought a good-n-cheap guitar many years ago. We didn’t find a mandolin there, but we *did* find a slide trombone. The H had been wanting one for quite a few years now, and, after he tried it out and seeing the price was right, I decided to buy it for him as an Xmas gift, part 2 (I already bought H’s first gift, still in its gift bag at home). The guys in the store were great and didn’t even charge sales tax for the purchase.
We made a quick stop at Big State Drug Store. I always keep forgetting that Big State is there and that it serves breakfast (and much cheaper than the IHOP that we breakfasted earlier). We only got OJ and hot tea, but, while sitting at the counter, we heard snarky and humorous banter between the cooks and a regular customer. One of the cooks even gave the H and me chocolate covered spoons that she made to give to customers for Xmas. (We had them at home this evening, with cocoa — very sweet, but very yummy). *Definitely* need to come to Big State Drug more often.
Back to the mandolin search. After one other pawn shop that was a bust, mandolin-wise, we walked down to a pawnshop a few yards down, and — lo! mandolin. The H played it in the store to check it out, and the guy behind the counter even took nearly $30 off the price, I suppose to ensure the sale.
After another quick trip, this time to Murphy’s Music to get slide cream (for the H’s “new” trombone), mandolin strings (for JG), and a spare stringed instrument stand (for the H’s music room), we headed home.
A trombone, a mandolin, and some good service and company from Irving purveyors. What a wonderful way to spend (cheaply!) a foggy December Thursday morning.