I love to shop. I love the feeling of walking into a store and finding that perfect item…exactly what I was looking for. And the feeling of getting a great bargain? Love it. But lately, shopping has been more of a chore than a joy. Whenever I go to the stores lately, I can’t seem to find what I’m looking for…or I find it but it’s $973 more than I expected it to be. It’s been very frustrating, so I’ve been avoiding shopping…and especially avoiding the mall. I’ve been shopping online and if I have to go to a store, I try to find a location outside of a mall.
Yesterday, however, I didn’t have a choice. I had some things to return and it was easiest to just go to the mall and do it all at once. I knew I was in trouble when I pulled into the parking lot and there wasn’t a single parking spot to be had. Apparently, no one had anything better to do yesterday, so they went to the mall. When I finally found a spot…after ten minutes of driving around…and went inside, I was immediately annoyed.
I tried to make my way through my errands quickly, which was difficult with the throngs of people everywhere. It seemed that no one was actually shopping…they were just wandering around aimlessly and getting in the way. Walking from one side of the mall to the other was like running an obstacle course.
Everything I tried to do was difficult. The woman who was helping me tried to talk me out of returning a dress that didn’t fit me. The guy in Old Navy told me he could only accept exchanges, not returns. JP Penney didn’t have the one color of pillow cases I needed…although I’m pretty sure they had every other color on earth. Every coat I tried on had really narrow sleeves that would not accommodate a heavy sweater.
At one point, I realized that I was singing along to Christmas carols. Christmas carols??? It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!!! Ugh. I kept walking through the mall and I started to notice all the Christmas decorations. Nothing makes me crazier than Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. Or so I thought…until I got to the middle of the mall and saw Santa Claus…in the middle of his Santa wonderland. The little girl having her picture taken with him was wearing a sundress. It’s far to early for this nonsense.
The temperature in the building rivaled that on the surface of the sun and the crowds were making me batty. I had one more stop to make when I walked by Abercrombie & Fitch and the smell of the cologne completely took my breath away. Why is that much cologne necessary? And what do they do…spray it on the carpet and the walls? Geez. That was it…I’d had enough. I turned around and hightailed it back to my car.
I practically ran through the doors and was so grateful when I got out into the fresh air. It was a somewhat successful trip…I got almost everything I needed to do done. But I’m pretty sure I’m going to avoid the malls for the rest of the holiday season. I made a Christmas list last night and I think I know what I’m going to get everyone…and none of it is coming from the mall. Etsy here I come!