Last night was the Fourth Annual Tom Nemitz Bargain Calendar Hunt. This is essentially where I go shopping for me new calendar.
The key is to wait until after the first of the year, so that the calendars are discounted at least 50%. The selection is not near as robust, but its all about bargains people, hence the name.
Three years ago, I scored when Barnes & Noble still had a Far Side calendar after the new year. Even better, a woman in my office had missed out on getting one -- and offered me $25 for mine. I, of course, accepted. By that time, it was nearly February, and all I could get was a stupid patriotic flag calendar. Post 9/11 photos of flag waving patriots. Unequivocally the worst calendar ever. But I made $20 on the transaction, which I used on something good. Can't remember what, but I'm sure it was cool.
Two years ago, fresh off the previous years' travesty, when the local boutiques turned up nothing but dog and pony calendars (literally), I turned to eBay. I scored a Scooby Doo calendar. Not the live action movie, though who wouldn't like a calendar with pics of Sarah Michelle Gellar? It would be the months where the dudes were featured that would weird me out. No, this was the old cartoons, and one month even had the Harlem Globetrotters with them! Like in the old Mysteries movies! I loved that calendar.
Last year, I got extremely lucky. All that was left in town was the standard cats, dogs, and other domestic wildlife creature calendars. But buried behind a calendar of miniature schnauzers was a James Bond movie poster calendar. You bet. Need confidence? Look to James.
Which brings me to this year. To my great surprise, a Simpsons calendar remained on the shelf. For $4 no less! I even picked up a George Carlin quotes 365-day calendar. Total bill was under $10. Original MSRP for the Simpsons was $15!!
Plus the resident office Simpsons collector didn't get this calendar -- and is offering me $10 for it. I'm holding out. He can get it on eBay for that.