Some of us really have trouble passing up a good deal, especially when it involves BBQ equipment of any sort. Given the state of affairs at our house, I would have to plead guilty to this one.
A local sporting goods/automotive supply chain is going out of business after several years of being a mainstay in the Pacific NorthWet. Joe’s (formerly G.I. Joe’s) is closing up shop and selling everything from all of their stores right down to the fixtures. As time goes by, the inventory grows smaller, and the prices get more inviting. Two weeks ago, I picked off the last of the Weber OTGs in the Vancouver store (no pictures, still in the box) along with a pile of accessories and a replacement grill for my existing OTG. I got about 20% off on all of that loot and thought I had done well.
Then on Saturday I took my daughter to a book signing by her favorite author(s), Erin Hunter (apparently there are four of them that write under the name, but only one goes to signings, and oddly enough, doesn’t like cats). The book signing was at the Powells way over in Beaverton, which happened to be right next door to one of the larger Joe’s. Naturally, I had to go in and see what they had left as the deals were getting even better.
As expected, the inventory (and choices) was diminishing, and nothing I really wanted was to be found back in the section where the BBQ equipment is normally kept. As we were leaving the store, I noticed that they had a lot more BBQs set up near the cash registers, and spotted a Weber 22 1/2-Inch Performer Charcoal Grill. I had already passed on picking one up in the Vancouver store, as the price wasn’t that good at the time. This time, however, they had another Performer in an unopened box, and it was listed as 30% off. This set off a flurry of phone calls to check prices (best friend, who recently bought one and knows what a good deal is all about) and get permission (my dear wife, who figures that BBQ keeps me out of other trouble) to bring home yet another BBQ.
As it turns out, the deal was good enough that my buddy was willing to buy it off me if SWMBO said no. She was pleased that I asked, and said that my buddy deserved kudos for being such a good friend, and that I could bring home yet another toy. Since I decided to keep this one, and now have a (brand new) spare OTG to boot, I called my buddy back and offered him Old Faithful (the OTG that has cooked many a meal shown on this site) for a price he couldn’t pass up (free). I had ulterior motives for doing this; now I get to cook on his Performer when we are at his lake house, and still get meals off of Old Faithful when I go to his house for dinner. Talk about win-win…
I was going to record the whole unboxing process, but got involved putting it together and forgot to take pictures once I had pieces of it scatter all over the driveway. So the best I can show at this point is the box arriving home, the freshly opened box, and a couple of views once assembled. You’re just going to have to deal with the disappointment. Totals assembly time was about 30 minutes, assisted only by my 6-year-old son.
Now if I can just get the rest of the leftovers from Sunday finished off, I’ll get a chance to cook on it…