In my last post, I talked about how I went to the I am downtown shopping event at Pacific Centre last Wednesday night. But I haven’t yet told you about the best part of the night. After getting our photos taken, sampling cookies and smoothies, and spinning the prize wheel again, we went back upstairs to where the fashion show had been, where they were now holding what they called the Pretty Penny Contest. There were two mannequins, one male, and one female, and they were both decked out in fabulous outfits. It was our job to guess how much each outfit was worth. The person who got the closest to the actual amount, would win $1000 shopping spree at Pacific Centre. Who wouldn’t want that?! We knew we had to enter.
I’ve never thought myself to be very good at guessing these types of things. When I would go grocery shopping with my dad, he would sometimes tell me to guess the amount of the groceries and offer to give me ten bucks if I guessed within ten dollars or something. I often failed. And watching The Price is Right, I would always think about how much I would suck if I were to compete on that show. And when it comes to fashion, I am always in awe of how much things cost in certain stores, because I’m the type of person who will always buy stuff on sale. How was I supposed to know how much these clothes were worth, when clearly, they were far too fancy for my taste?
But a contest is a contest, and I had to try. A couple people got yelled at for touching the clothes. Apparently that wasn’t allowed, but there was no sign there to indicate that. It felt like we were in a museum and we weren’t allowed to touch the art. We were trying to figure out where the clothes on the male mannequin were from. This guy who was there was like “I’ll give you a hint, guess where the clothes are from. You need to guess where the clothes are from.” So yeah, he was basically hinting at the fact that most of the outfit was from GUESS. But that didn’t help me, since I don’t shop there. Especially not for guys clothes. But I made my guess and submitted my ballot.
You got to enter one ballot for the male, and one for the female and there were two shopping sprees to be won. They would then read through all the submissions and determine which answers were closest to the exact amounts. The winners would be announced at 8:45, and you had to be present at that time in order to win. So we walked around some more and waited for the time to finally arrive.
We lingered by the stage and counted down the minutes until the winners would be announced. Then we stood off to the side, as security urged everyone to step away from the stage. This was a serious matter. As we waited, we noticed this one guy had a piece of paper in his hand with a bunch of calculations. He had taken this whole thing very seriously. Apparently he had actually spent time going around the mall to the various stores and finding the actual items, and then adding up and calculating the costs. Way to take the fun out of a contest. The rest of us just pulled numbers out of our ass.
They started with the male outfit. The total cost of his outfit was $618. I know, that mannequin has really expensive taste. At first I thought they said the winner was a man. But I think they were actually saying that the person’s name was Aman. But whoever he was, was nowhere to be found. And so they went to the second closest guess. Which was $622. I know, only $4 off! What genius was able to guess so accurately? Was it the guy who painstakingly calculated everything? Was it some expert on men’s fashion? Was it someone with high class and expensive taste? Nope. It was me!
That’s right, I won! I won $1000 shop card. Well, two $500 shop cards if you want to get technical about it. But yes. Biggest prize I’ve ever won ever! I got to go up to the stage and accept my prize while a photographer took a picture of me next to the mannequin. I thought we made a great couple.
As I went back to where my friends were, the guy with the calculations stopped me and angrily said “What was your bid?”. And so I told him. Apparently he had guessed $630 or something like that. And apparently the whole time I was up onstage, he was swearing, muttering, and complaining about the whole thing. He was so angry. I was actually kind of scared that he might hunt me down and mug me for the gift cards that he thought should be rightfully his. At the end of it all, he actually went up to the people in charge and complained. He showed them his calculations and complained about how he’d wasted his time. I’m not sure how they resolved that but I’m wondering if security might have had to get involved at some point.
For the women’s outfit, there seemed to be a bit of confusion, because they wrote down the person’s name wrong at first. I forget what her name was anyway. But another girl won the shop cards for that one. I wasn’t paying much attention at that point, since I was still in shock that I had actually won. And for the men’s outfit! I know nothing whatsoever about men’s fashion. But I did estimate random amounts in my head for each piece of clothing he was wearing. I’m not sure how I arrived at such a close guess. But I was feeling pretty good about it. I think maybe I should go on The Price is Right or something. Why waste such a superb guessing ability?
When I got home that night, I was really excited. I told my mom about how I won and showed her all the free swag I got in my VIP bag. She warned me not to lose my gift cards. At one point she told me to calm down because I was being hyper and I would just respond with “But I won a thousand dollars!”.
I’ve yet to use any of my winnings yet. I’m not sure what I should do. I was thinking I would use it towards my Christmas shopping. It’s Cadillac Fairview, so it works at Pacific Centre and Richmond Centre so I’m pretty much set. My friend was saying I could just go to the Apple Store and finally get an iPhone. But that would use up the whole card. And I’ve been wanting to buy a new laptop, so my dad said I should just get a Mac from the Apple store. But that would cost even more than the card. And then he said “Well you don’t need anymore shoes, and you don’t need anymore clothes…” He’s right. But then I don’t need an iPhone or a Mac either. But we shall see. I’m really glad I went to this event because it was a lot of fun. I may fail often in life, but at least that night I got to feel like a winner.