Stacey Wakelin scooped up $2,017 worth of goodies from more than a dozen local businesses as the winner of the Langley Advance Shopping Spree for 2017.
“Nervous, excited… excited mostly,” is how she described her feelings when she set out Wednesday afternoon.
She was not just spreeing for herself.
“I have orders from the people in my house, so I have to do them proud,” she joked.
This is the biggest thing she’s won but not the only big prize.
“I got tickets to the last season of Oprah in their ticket lottery and that’s probably one of the biggest things I’ve won. And then this would be the biggest,” she said.
Wakelin wasn’t alone on the adventure. She brought her daughter.
“My daughter, Taylor – she is the reason I won, because she told me to put my name in,” Wakelin said.
That earned Taylor a tag-along on the spree and some considerations.
“She has some items that she’s requested,” Mom said.
Wakelin had a set time limit – 2,017 seconds – for the shopping spree that took her to most Langley neighbourhoods. But she reached her $2,017 limit in a total of 17 minutes (half of the allotted time) between the various businesses (not including travel time).
“It was awesome, lots of fun, probably a little bit easier than I thought it would be,” Wakelin said post spree. “I probably went for boring stuff, lots of household items. My kids had wishlists, my husband had a wishlist. There are a few things for a community event we organize, socks.”
Bags of socks, for instance, will go to compassion pop-up events in which she’s involved.
And there were a few splurges: spa stuff, cosmetics; and “lots of olive oil and vinegar,” and artisan treats from Fort Langley.
The shopping spree took them to 15 stores Wednesday afternoon.
“It felt rushed but it felt fun, exciting,” Farquharson said. “It was great to buy local.”
The participating businesses rolled out the welcome mat for Wakelin.
“Almost everywhere we went there were balloons,” she noted.
One store had a cart ready for her with her name on it, and water and chips for sustenance.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Langley Advance publisher Lisa Farquharson. “We enjoyed living vicariously through Stacey and Taylor.
“I was really impressed with the amount of effort the business owners put in, with flowers and signs,” Farquharson added. “This is year two and year three will be around the corner.”