Sunday, November 11, 2012

My semi-annual complaint about shopping

Have I complained lately about shopping?  Yes?   Oh well, I believe it's time for me to complain again anyway!

Hubby and  I went out to do some shopping yesterday.  I mistakenly believed the things I needed were things I wouldn't be able to get online.

First stop was unplanned.  As we were heading out, I realized we'd be going past Target, where I got our humidifier, and I needed a new filter for it.  Sadly, if I'd planned on going there, we could have gone the back way.  But because I was negligent in my planning, we had to go through traffic and lights.  My bad.

Then we headed to AC Moore, where I wanted to get materials to make my Christmas cards.  (Now that I've finally come up with a prototype I liked.)   I marched straight to the scrapbooking section and proceeded to wander around trying to find the paper and accessories I needed.   NO Christmas paper?  What?  And of course, the accessories I needed were out of stock.  I hunted Hubby down and suggested we leave this place and try Michael's instead.

On the way to Michael's, we stopped and got Hubby some strings for his guitar - (Sure! He gets what he wants!)

But first we went to JoAnn Fabrics, where I tried to get a specialty fabric to make someone something for Christmas.  After hunting down a very scarce worker,  (this has been a problem with this place, and I've even written to the company about it with no response)  I found out the specialty fabric is not one they have the licensing for.  Damn.  I did buy some fabric to make Emily something special for Christmas, so it wasn't a total loss.   Hubby, of course, found plenty of stuff to buy.

Then we went to Michael's.  It was even worse at this store than it was at AC Moore.  The place was dirty, unorganized, they did not have the specials that were in the flyer, and no one seemed to know where anything was.  After 20 minutes, I hit the retail wall and went to find Hubby.  I told him I'd wait for him outside by the car while he made his purchases.  (Yes, he found stuff to buy there too!)

After all that, we went grocery shopping. Three hours out of the house and not much to show for it.

We came home, I got online, and found scrapbooking supplies in one store, and the specialty fabric in another.  So easy, so fast, and I don't have to have a meltdown to do it!


Anonymous said...

I will add my ARGHHHH here. I have never been able to shop happily in any of the craft stores...I feel your pain. I shop a lot online now.

Kaye said...

I'm a big fan on online shopping. No hassle, what you spend on shipping is cancelled out by the savings on gas and sanity.

tag vennard said...

Thanks for letting me shop with you- and for buying me all that neat stuff hunny! love you!