My birthday is this month – I am a Leo, can you tell? – and Macy’s and GAP and Ann Taylor send me birthday cards with special sales coupons. So I actually ventured to the mall today, for once not with Landon to see the puppies and the dollar carousel but to see if I could take advantage of these offers. I could use some new clothes, and you’d think I would have fun, but the trip was a bit frustrating.
I don’t like to shop for myself. Give me a coupon for a free coffee or 50 cents off lunchmeat, and I get exited. Shopping for myself? Not so much. My favorite kind of shopping happens when I see something while walking by a store and I’ll know it will fit and the purchase is made in a few minutes. Other women live to shop; I dread going from store to store, trying on twenty things, and not finding what I came to get. Ugh.
But since I had those coupons, I thought I’d take myself to the mall after dropping off L at preschool. First stop: Macy’s. Estee Lauder had just called me that they have a presale for one of those gift deals, so I went and ended up wasting ten of my precious minutes while the sales lady could not find a copy of the products they were promoting! So annoying. Come on, the one time I walk in here in a year? So I left with nothing. GAP Kids: nothing — well, nothing I wanted to spend my money on. Landon is basically taken care off for the next year because friends gave me some hand-me-downs and I found a lot of great second-hand clothes for him at a church sale. After buying T-shirts for a dollar I just can’t bring myself to shell out $19 on one GAP T-shirt that is nothing special.
Off to GAP. What a disappointment! I used to shop at the GAP all the time years ago, most of my clothes came from there. I like it basic and kind of conservative, and they always had what I needed. In the last few years their clothes have been really ugly – Jeans that look like they haven’t been washed in a year and T-shirts with crazy colors and designs. What I can’t stand is that their sleeves are either too short (what is with that ¾ look? Who came up with that?) or waaay to long (where is all that fabric supposed to go? I’m a mom, I need my hands. A lot!). I tried on about ten pair of pants (to my surprise I am a size 4, who-hoo!) and found one, but it was too short. They looked up if it was available at another store, but no luck.
Okay, last stop: The Loft. I was running out of time, L had to be picked up soon. I found a pair of nice brown khaki pants that was on sale for $9.95, but I had to spend more than that to get the $15 off. So I grabbed a necklace that was on sale and ended up paying $7 for both. That is a good deal, but this trip wasn’t worth it. I’d rather have sat somewhere drinking a coffee and read a few pages of a good book. Next time I get these birthday offers, I have to remember: I don’t like shopping for myself — I’d rather look at puppies with Landon…
…or see him jam with a guitar.