Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Don't Hate Me Because I Love Walmart

I must admit, I'm glad the shopping part of the Christmas holiday is behind me. I do not enjoy being in large crowds with short tempered, impatient customers and overworked, underpaid and overwhelmed clerks.

I did all my shopping in a matter of days thanks to phenomenal planning and being able to get to the stores at an extraordinarily early hour!! Beat the crowds!! It works every time!!

And a hardy thanks goes out to Walmart for just being there all the time 24 hours a day. Except for the eggnog incident, it would be the perfect store. And it will continue to be the perfect store as long as it stays out of my home town in Kentucky. I, for one, do not mind driving the 20 minutes to either Lexington or Frankfort.

While having a conversation with one of my customers we were discussing the long underwear fad. I remarked that I would not go to Victoria Secret to purchase them when Walmart carried a perfectly good brand called Hanes. She remarked that she found her daughter's at Value City.

Value City?? I remember that name from when I lived in Louisville! I traipsed myself into the store (which I pass practically everyday!!) and that was the end of my shopping spree!! They had everything I wanted!! For me!! I found the cutest little pair of fur trimmed boots....a must in the white tundra waste land....., designer pants, wonderful marked down racks! I was in heaven! My shopping was completed.

I promise that next year (I make this solemn pledge every year at this time) I will start earlier, keep better records of what I think people would like, and use the Internet. Joe did not even have to leave the house!

But...just the fact of being there, of tapping into some cosmic affiliation with all the last minute grabbers, I mean shoppers. It is almost magical, if not hysterical.

I know I would miss it.


Sie said...

I've made the same shopping promise to myself every Christmas Eve. I'm hoping one day it actually takes.

Lisa :-] said...

I don't hate you Mar... I just hate Walmart. Not for all the high-falutin' political reasons that everyone throws around lately. Just because everything I ever buy there breaks, shrinks, or falls apart almost immediately. I personally would rather pay higher prices for better quality stuff.

But Value City sounds lke my kind of place...

TJ said...

Oh how very well stated!
We have a Value City here and they have the best priced home furnishing center ever!
Oh ...dah. I am TJ and this is my first visit.
The Bowl games are on and I am blog hopping...you ahve a nice journal.

Annalee Blysse said...

So many people say they hate Wal-Mart... but heck if I wasn't there at midnight two weeks before Christmas and the parking lot was full!