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On a whim, since it was 9 AM at that point, I decided to go to Vancouver to go visit Borders Books. Left at 9:32, got there not long after 10. Was only going for one book, the latest Seanan McGuire book "Late Eclipses." But, maybe because it had been so long since I'd been to a Border's, I ended up with three books, a mug, and two magazines. Along with the book I'd gone for, I got a thick $14.95 book called "The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved." That one at least made some sense for me to buy, that kind of stuff fascinates me but I didn't have any books in Oregon about it. Also, novels are like big meals, reading-wise, and I haven't been in the mood for that lately. I needed something that was a box of small snacks, reading-wise.

The other book was a complete whim, a YA novel about a girl with Asperger's trying to cope with some tragedy. The book is titled "Mockingbird."

Anyway... should have only spent $10 at most. Ended up spending $50-some. Only a couple days after I decided to cut down on my spending. Bleh. >:-(

I blame the fact I haven't been to Border's in a long time, since the one downtown went out of business. The one in Vancouver is the only other one I know how to find, and that was only because I spotted it on the way to somewhere else. That, and I didn't agonize over things the way I usually do. If I had, I would not have gotten the mug or "Mockingbird" or one of the magazines. Which would have saved me $22.50.

One downside to going to the Border's in Vancouver is the 8.2% sales tax that Washington has; Oregon has no sales tax. Paid over $4 in tax, that trip.

Still, it was good to visit Vancouver for a reason other than a meetup. And it was the first of my trips to Vancouver that had me going back to Portland by bus. The other two visits, I went to the meetup by bus, came back in Sorcha's car.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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kengr
Apr. 3rd, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
Dunno if it is still there, but there used to be a Borders across the street from Clackamas Town Center.

Also, as an Oregonian, you aren't really supposed to be paying Washington sales tax. Been a long time since I had to deal with that. The idea is that you are getting dinged by Oregon's income tax.

At one time an Oregon DL or ID card was good enough. At another, you had to pick up a piece of paper somewhere in downtown Vancouver to prove you were out-of-state.

Ok, I found this...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081217232002AAHifJk
fayanora
Apr. 3rd, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)
I was unaware that Oregonians could get out of paying sales tax in Washington. I thought the sales tax applied to everyone, resident or visiting. I shall have to remember that.
rowdypoppy
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Ah, Borders. You mean they aren't closing stores right and left in your neck of the woods? Just about every store in my area is about to shut down forever. Things are something like 60 to 80 percent off right now.
fayanora
Apr. 5th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
Portlanders buy lots of books. I don't know why the downtown one closed, I thought it was doing well until they closed.
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