After scoring the “Hey Lady” Talavera pottery vase, (see previous post), one of my biggest Talavera pottery scores came from Home Goods, right next door to my local TJ Maxx.
I went into Home Goods one day with a specific purchase in mind and it wasn’t Talavera pottery! The first thing that I do in any store is walk down the clearance aisles. On this particular day, I headed directly to the clearance aisle and I spotted the most glorious sight! TALAVERA!!! Lots and LOTS of Talavera! And it was on CLEARANCE!
Unlike my first experience at TJ Maxx, when I didn’t grab a shopping cart for the “Hey Lady” vase, this time I walked swiftly and with great purpose to the front of the store and grabbed one. A plus to this visit was that there were hardly any people in the store at that moment. So, there I was all by myself, with a cart in hand and a selection of Talavera Mexican pottery so gorgeous that I didn’t know where to start. I began looking over the pieces and carefully but eagerly selecting the ones I wanted. I placed them ever to gently in my cart. So many assorted colors and designs! YES! I felt like I was in Talavera heaven!
By now I had about 5 vases of different designs and styles in my basket. I was trying to decide on a rather brilliant colored vase I was holding when I decided to put it back on the shelf and give it some thought. At that same moment, a woman rounded the corner and began taking a great interest in what I was doing and what I had in my basket.
Women: “Ooooohhhh!….what are those?” Me: “They’re Mexican pottery pieces.” Women: “Ooooohhhh! They’re pretty!” (as she heads straight for the piece I was trying to decide on but stupidly put back on the shelf.) Me: “Yes they are!” (growing anxious and resisting the urge to grab the vase back off the shelf!) Woman: “So what would you do with one like this?” (…as she picks up the vase that I NOW WANT and begins admiring it.) Me: “Well, with that one I would probably either put a plant in it or use it in my bathroom for hand towels or… (I rattled on with other amazing uses for Talavera pottery while my brain is yelling for me to SHUT UP!) Woman: “Oh okay!” (as she places the gorgeous piece in her basket and I continue to talk – while simultaneously kicking myself for being so incredibly convincing about the uses of Talavera pottery!!!) I still wound up with some incredible pieces that day that now grace the wall unit of my family room.
TJ Maxx and Home Goods still get Talavera pottery pieces on occasion, but now I approach them cautiously and act disinterested so I don’t attract attention! On a side note, my “Hey Lady” vase cost me $70. On this day at Home Goods, I bought 6 Talavera vases from the clearance aisle for about the same price. I definitely hit the jackpot that day!