As I dug through the boxes I noticed an 11.15 oz can of Sanpellegrino grapefruit juice. Must be foreign, I thought. And sure enough, the can stated it was a "Product of Italy," which was a European country I didn't have a can from yet. So I walked up front and asked the clerk how much the cans were. He said $3 each. I said I found a can of grapefruit juice and offered $1.50. He accepted the offer.
He proceeded to tell me the cans had been collected by his neighbor, a university professor, on his travels. When the neighbor moved, the cans were left behind and this clerk ended up with them. I thought $1.50 was worth a can from Italy that even had a little story behind it.
After antique shopping, we drove a couple of miles to a nearby farmers market. While perusing the fresh fruits and vegetables, I noticed a display case that had cans! And what did I see for $1.90? A can of Sanpellegrino grapefruit juice exactly like the one I just bought!!!
Not only did I save $.40, but I also had a new story for my blog about a can whose own story is now questionable in my mind. I consider that a success.
Si vince, si perde un po.