Over the past few years I have developed a friendly relationship with one of the bakers at our local bakery. She lives in our neighborhood, and I stop and chat with her when I see her in the bakery. She’s very nice and even knows my kid’s names.
Recently, I decided to go out on a limb the next time I saw her in the bakery – if they weren’t busy. Today was that day.
I tried to describe to her what I do (bentos are very hard to explain in words), and asked they’d be able to sell me an assortment of cupcake picks.
She delegated me to another baker, and I got to pick and choose from their Christmas assortments. There’s no price structure for this sort of sale of course, so they pulled a number out of the air, and I paid a whopping $2.99 for the lot! I’m sure that being a regular well known customer didn’t hurt.