Last week, I visited my current favourite fabric and quilting store - HobbySew in Kings Park. I wanted to test drive a sewing machine but they didn't have a demonstration model of the one I wanted. That's okay - there's a craft fair coming up and I'm sure all the major sewing machine manufacturers will be there!
I also thought I wanted a magnifying glass that one wears around one's neck and which rests on one's chest. Something like this:
image copied from angelstitches.com
HobbySew didn't have any of those either.
Okay, I wanted some thread and a marker of some description. The sales assistant was very helpful as far as markers went and left me to my own devices to choose threads in the colours I wanted. Out of the corner of my eye I saw lights and, yes, magnifying glasses. You know, the kind that stand on the floor and the kind that sit on your desk!
That's what I really needed - not one to hang on my neck and stick into my chest! So, I talked to the sales assistant and decided I would buy the one with the best magnification. No light - just great magnification. She told me the price had been reduced because the boxes were damaged. I was fine with the reduced price and we were in business. then the till showed toe real price of the magnifier I had chosen - more than twice the price I paid! I bought an Ott-Lite TrueColor Freestanding Magnifier with up to five times magnification.