The Co-Op

I just ran some errands at the co-op in the ville, and I found out something interesting.

1) It is impossible to buy a single bar of soap. The smallest they have is a 3-pack. Maybe I should steal from hotels more often? What am I going to do with all of this soap???

2) Swarthmore Students are automatically co-op members! I don’t know how long ago the college gave money to the co-op, but I’ve been shopping there all three of my years here, and not one of the employees asked for my co-op membership card, or asked me if I was a student. Not that I was going to buy any tangelos today, but it’s good to know that the discounts apply to us.

3) Random question: do any of you current-student knitters out there shop at Finely? It seems like one of the few stores in the ville that’s geared towards a large part of the student body… ;o).

I hope I haven’t missed out on a lot of co-op discounts. Grarr.

Dirty Diana” from Bad by Michael Jackson

6 comments on “The Co-Op
  1. showergrrl says:

    How do you get the discount? Like… does saying “uhhh I’m a Swattie” work?

  2. stormwynd says:

    Now there’s a subject line I never thought I’d use…

    I’m a fairly frequent visitor to Atlantic City and Las Vegas (it’s a math/gambling thing), and I always swipe any unused bars of soap from the hotel room when I leave. As a result, I haven’t actually purchased a bar of soap in at least 10 years. Just thought I’d share.

    This reminds of an incident a few years ago, when one of my friends tried to convince me to split a huge industrial-sized container of laundry detergent with him that he’d bought from Costco. My response was, “What am I going to do with 3 gallons of laundry detergent?”

  3. tirerim says:

    There are places that you can buy single bars of soap, but they’re much more expensive per bar. You’ll use it up eventually, and it doesn’t take up that much space.

  4. q10 says:

    depending what kind of soap it is, i may be willing to buy the surplus from you.

    because soap doesn’t go bad all that quickly.

  5. runnerchild says:

    Find some friends who are soapless?

    Also, Rachel Kaufman spends tons of time at Finely, just hanging out there and knitting with the ladies there. She enjoys it a whole lot. I haven’t bought anything there, but that’s because I have a surplus of yarn myself right now. (This summer on Prince Edward Island my family visited a woolen mill where they were selling second-quality yarn for $1.50/skein and first for $2.50. Canadian currency. I bought about two garbage-bags-ful.)

  6. showergrrl says:

    No love for this comment… :(

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