Ok - so you know I love the shop.
I love to shop for presents for me.
I love to shop for presents for others.
I even love grocery shopping.
I love the crowds and the buzz.
I love shop windows and shop buildings.
I have fantasised about being locked in a department store overnight. Many times.
In the past, I bought presents year round when I saw the appropriate thing. But I usually cant wait till the birthday or XMAS to give it because I am so excited, & I gave it early.
Problem was I would then have to buy another one when the actual birthday or XMAS rolled round. Weirdly, I usually knew what I am looking for - it's all planned in my head, my shopping head.
But for XMAS 2012, I implemented a different shopping strategy & it was accidental, not deliberate.
Instead of planning (& stressing), I just forgot about XMAS until a few days ago. Every time someone told me they had finished their XMAS shopping I felt like bopping them over the head, but, strangely I wasnt bothered. Violent, yes, bothered, no.
Then I went to a few local shopping centres & wandered aimlessly, looking around. I had no idea what I was looking for - I just put my head on a swivel stick (as you do) & looked & looked & looked.
Amazingly, it worked a treat - I saw so much stuff that the totally appropriate stuff jumped out at me, despite the fact that I havent previously planned anything.
Slight problem with this strategy -
It doesnt work if you are TIME POOR.
It doesnt work if you HATE TO SHOP.
If either of those cases apply - outsource the shopping to moi.
The advantage of my strategy is that because you are seeing so much (duplicated) stuff, you can pick the lowest price.
Today, I still had a few gifts to buy.
So I started off in local Carlingford Court (around 10 am) & no surprises, nothing jumped out for others. But I did score a trinket box on steroids with roses, very girly & so not me, but I loved it. $14.
Then onto Rouse Hill - some lovely shops, but nothing was jumping there either. It was noon & there was no panic in sight.
Then onto Castle Towers.
I picked up a clear milk bottle from Bed, Bath & Table. 50% off down to $10. I had been looking for a milk bottle to masquerade as a vase, where I could leave the top undone without it overwhelming the rest of the bottle. Score.
|Flowers are what I had from Round Corner Antiques and Gifts - may have to think about different blooms for this bottle, but in the interim, this will do...Note to self: Remove sticker on base...|
Also picked up a small frame from Bed, Bath & Table. $15, no reduction. Bummer.
|This is so me: clean lines & if timber, light colours.|
Still no gifts for other, but no stress.
I moved onto Top Ryde, which wasnt a place I was very familiar with. New shopping horizons - cant be a bad thing.
I scored a present for a nephew - cant say more at this point, as it may give the game away.
I scored a present for my sister-in-law - ditto the above for the nephew.
Both these presents just jumped out. Double score.
By now it was around 2.30pm...hunger set in...I hate foodhalls at the malls..so I found a cafe away from the maddening crowd (in front of Witchery) & I asked them if I could bring a kebab & eat it there while having their drinks.
They had no problem with this.....
So after a kebab, English Breakfast tea and a large chocolate cookie, I set off again, back to Castle Hill.
But not before doing a lap of Freedom & discovering that they have decent flowers at good prices...Note to self: Keep that in mind.
And there I found the perfect present for my mother - we were at a function recently and she loved the water jugs the restaurant was using....& there at Castle Towers, was, voila, the said water jug...I was ecstatic.
Then popped into Kmart & stocked up on my pony tail elastics for $4.50 per box....
Is this too much information? Am I boring you? Probably & probably, but I swear these little elastics are so subtle and dont snap, they are give a very classic look for dark hair.
Had a bit of a look around at DJs & Myer, was stunned that DJs was closing at 6 pm (Kmart was open til 10pm) & then went to......Coles at Epping.
After all, I hadnt seen the Mix stuff for weeks.
There was a few new tee shirts & sox, but they were largely in clearance mode.
So I snapped up 2 more classic tanks...reduced...what's a girl to do - must follow the mantra, "if it works, buy multiples"....
|I love, love, love basics in these colours. Too versatile.|
On the way out, they got me with an impulse buy....brollies with curved handle, Mix brand for $8 each. Couldn't decide whether to get black or navy, so got both. Love brollies with curved handles as they leave your hands free...to shop.
I'll see how one goes - if its flimsy & falls apart, both are going back. Note to self: Keep receipt.
Pity I cant show you the gifts for other people photos...until tomorrow.....