Before we left the local artist of some of my favorite paintings came in. I hoped she was lowering prices again. She did. She also took one of my remaining favorites off the wall. I asked, "Are you taking the sunflowers home?"
"Yes," she replied.
"Ah, I was hoping you were marking it down too."
She told me it was marked down to $75, and she'd let me have it for $50. Quick calculations told me I had enough to buy it. Which I did.
She told me she'd write the new price on the card, and I could take it to the front to pay.
She hadn't previously marked it down to $75. The last written price was $170...which was still too much for me. We were both happy with the deal and I have a new bright, piece of cheery artwork to brighten our main room in the basement. A piece of summer to enjoy year-round.