Tales From a Shopping Centre.

As someone who doesn't go shopping very often, I always find it a particularly interesting experience, to say the least. I'm a people watcher by nature, and could quite happily pass the time with my bottom parked at a table, beverage in hand, eyes peeled. As Christmas draws nearer and the shops grow busier, you see some interesting things. What is with the fluro, people? My eyes! They are blinded!

Unlike a lot of people, I actually don't really enjoy shopping itself. I don't like parking lots. I don't like queues. I don't like slow walking people who refuse to let you pass by them. I don't like spending a fortune on things. I bet you are wondering now if I am actually female? I was last time I checked, though. Any time I'm shopping, I tend to go in with a game plan so that I don't end up missing things.

Today's mission; new underwear and a roomy cabin bag for my flight to England.

My friend Elissa came along for the ride, and I'm so glad she did; I'm terrible with making decisions at the best of times. In our very first store, I ended up finding a cute six pack of knickers for $6.99! Not a bad start, if you ask me. Next up was my Supernatural Season 2 DVD, which was $20 cheaper than I'd found anywhere else.

We wandered around for a while, me whinging about nothing fitting me from the cheap & nasty clothing stores and Elissa nodding along patiently, humouring my grouchiness. She was then brave, and dragged me into one of those stores - and I ended up looking around as well. Being a bigger size, I have given up on hoping that anything there will fit me, but I figured I'd give it a shot today. I picked up a few shirts, and headed into the fitting rooms, not holding my breath.

Top #1 was gorgeous - a black strapless tunic top, with dark blue cotton swirls on it. It was stretchy and had elastic around the bust, so I thought it might give me and the boobs a little extra room. Since I don't own a single piece of clothing that is strapless, it was pretty game of me to try it on, but it just wasn't meant to be. What I'd thought was a long tunic top? Turned out to actually be a jumpsuit. Yes, the bottom tapered into short shorts. (You can imagine how teeny the shorts were, considering I had thought it was a top. Oh dear.) No, I didn't buy it. Top #2 was just a cute black & grey swirly top, which actually fit, leaving me mighty impressed. Top #3 also fit, a strapless cleavagey little number with a pleather half-belt, which I know Sarah will be impressed with. My faith in clothing is slightly redeemed.

Hefty purchases in hand, I then grabbed a few boxes of Christmas cards that were on sale, and went on the quest for a cabin bag. From what I had seen, I predicted I was going to spend about the $70 price range, so I hit the stores. One store had two bags.. a black bowling bag that looked nice and sturdy, and a floral oversized square bag, both of which I was umm-ing and aah-ing over. I ended up taking the floral bag, and felt guilty about it the second I did. Not a good sign, eh? Turns out it wasn't meant to be though; I walked straight into the next bag shop, and found my dream bag. It was just sitting on a shelf, calling my name. "Alyyyyy. Come buy me."

So I did. It was a dark red leather bag, with faux snakeskin materal. It's big, but not bulky. It has nice handles. It's nice and roomy, good for sneaking as many clothes and books onto the plane as I can. And best of all? Despite it's $85 price tag, it zapped up for $39. Awesome. Goodbye floral bag, helloooo classy red bag!

Am all shopped out, now. And honestly, I think I have just about everything I need to buy before the big move, other than Christmas gifts. The next step is figuring out exactly what to pack, and how to cram it all to two measly bags. Oh dear.


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13 comments:

Amanda said...

Sounds like you had a very sucessful shopping trip.

I hate the fashions at the moment - I most fashions targetted at the teen market and I have trouble fitting into anything as well :-)

Lara said...

dood, what're the christmas decorations like out there? like, i'm from a place in california that really doesn't have snow or anything, but i can't imagine christmas decorations without snowmen and stuff. what's it like in a place where christmas is in the summer?

Laurel said...

Yay for a successful shopping trip!! I tried to shop for brown suede boots yesterday, but failed because I need "extended calf" boots. I hate girls with skinny calves, btw.

Also, hooray for your SBS button!!

Jamie said...

I want to see pictures of your new red bag. I love a good bag!

Jennie said...

I'm a chronic online shopper. I'd recommend it to everyone.

Nicole said...

I always have a game plan before going to the mall around here, it's way too crowded to just wander around. Congrats on getting such a good deal on your bag, and it's RED! Love it!

Virginia Gal said...

What does it say that when I do go shopping I find more for my husband than I do for myself?

Second the Pictures!

Katie said...

Don't you just love when something you have to have rings up for much less than what you expected? One of the best feelings in the world! Yay for new things :)

Katie said...

Don't you just love when something you have to have rings up for much less than what you expected? One of the best feelings in the world! Good for you :)

grungedandy said...

I’m a military shopper I don’t take friends unless we are shopping for them; I usually have a plan of action I know exactly what I’m looking for where it might be how much I’m willing to pay for it, I also have days when I’m just wandering this is where I go to places to take photos and if they have shops all the good I will browse and buy bit s that will come in handy but I try and do most of my shopping online now as I really can’t stand the people & queues. I always try and get there really early and out before lunch! Having said all that everyone always likes shopping with me and they usually find what they want & more. I’ve often been told I should be a professional shopper, but I think that it probably a lot harder when you under pressure. You can road test me some time in the New Year! Seeya hugya *G*

Kristie said...

Red bags are always a winner. Always!

Sarah said...

I am so proud of you for embracing the pleather half-belt. Now where are pictures of all of these fabulous purchases???

Audrey said...

Oh, man, I LOVE it when you get to the register to find that what you're buying is secretly on sale! Shopping doesn't get any better than that.





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