Monday, December 10, 2007

I don't like shopping..















Well, now that I see me actually saying it in print...and after shopping for several hours on Saturday, Sunday and even today...I guess it doesn't hurt that much. Maybe I don't mind if I have a certain "thing" in mind...or have to buy a new t-shirt or slacks or something to wear to the office party.. ... but, shopping for shopping's sake... I am not into that.

However, once a year for Christmas and even just to see the sparkly things... is fun. I love the sights and sounds of the season for sure...but, why do they have to play a different Christmas carol in each and every store? ...and why so loud? Some are so loud, I just walk in ...do a 180 and walk out. The younger the sales staff....the louder the music.. I think it is a new law. I must be getting old.

And speaking of sales staff.... yikes! I swear one of the girls at The Bay cosmetic (Mac) counter still had her Hallowe'en get up on. High, jet black, spiked hair... too tight black t-shirt... too tight, too short skirt, big ugly spider tattoo that took up most of her upper arm, and she was wearing holsters. Huh? Yes... I am serious. Big, black, leather, cross her heart holsters, carrying a 100 brush assortment with which to "kill" her makeup customers I guess. Oh, man... am I glad I didn't bother when the phone call came asking me if I wanted to book my facial.... hahahha.... can't even imagine what I would look like walking away from there!

Think I will just buy some new mascara... that'll do me fine ....

But, look....today I had fun. Had to go downtown; where I never go anymore except for dental and eye appointments. And then, because I was already down there... I went here ... where I had about $80 worth of fun.











Stayed the obligatory 1.5 hours...which they say is about the average "short stay" at their shop. What is your average stay Terri? .. Lol....
On some occasions I have stayed as long as 2.5 hours; luckily I go only once or twice a year. There is sooooo much fun stuff to see and my back is still not co-operating as well as it could. It gets pretty sore if I stay vertical for too many hours. Mostly their stuff is over the top as well as too large for my taste... and for my budget too...but ...there are always some bargains to be found. Always. This time, two beautiful table runners... each under $20; some small ornaments in greens, only $7 for 15 of them... and two great little footed mugs in creamy white only $3 each, two pretty little porcelain bowls $6 ... which I may or may not keep. Little plates or bowls like this can so easily be part of a gift or decoration. They look perfect for some chocolate drizzled Cranberry Pistachio biscotti ..... mmm...
Anyway, I dragged home a big shopping bag filled with goodies...can't show them all..my sister reads my blog...and well, there might be some things for her in that bag.











The black flocked runner is a lovely green, although it appears more golden green in the pic...... and the other one behind .. definitely is a soft, old gold...

13 comments:

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Thanks for taking me along on your shopping trip. I enjoyed seeing it via your experience...I don't like shopping one little bit anymore.

Darly Dolittle said...

Hahaha. Yet another shopping scrooge. I can't take much of it either however, Chintz & Co. would definitely be an exception. Think I'll peruse their website before bedtime tonight. Thanks for the subliminal on the biscotti too!

Shel said...

Gorgeous stuff, Vee. I love the rich earthy tones of it all.

On other notes... you've been tagged as part of the Internet Tag Game, my friend. Check out your mention in my blog, and learn how to play (and why), here: http://potbellyarts.typepad.com/the_potbelly_pixie/2007/12/ive-been-tagged.html

Kari & Kijsa said...

oooh- we do adore shopping, but your trip sounds especially inspired (even for shopping scrooges!) Love all your finds (but still a little terrified of the cosmetic girl 'packing' her brushes!)

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I love that little bear so much, he is positively the sweetest!

I like shopping if I have money to spend! :-) Otherwise, I'd rather not go!

Thanks for your visit, it was so nice to see you!

Anonymous said...

Oh, so, I did come to the right place. I didn't get e-mail, so I just peeked into your blog and here you are...and talking about my gifty! I also did some shopping, and you know me, I just love to shop.

I dragged quite a collection of stuff to the counter. How is it that I always end up with a few things for myself in those bags, too? Nothing exotic, just a few sweaters in my colours. When I see my colours, I like to get them. A yummy colour called Chocolate ghost angel. Actually, it is the colour of my hair.

Oh oh, I am getting wordy.

Ta ta.

Love,

Your 'sis'.

BumbleVee said...

Busted! There she is.... wouldn't you just know it? I know she doesn't read me all the time..but on the occasional time she does? See?... I would have been divulging gifties! whew....
Hi everybody else..tx for stopping in to see what is going one here at the Bearister.....
I am off shopping ...yet again! This is what can happen I guess. Just do it for a few days..and you get used to it.... get to like it.... oh, oh....

Folksie Linda said...

Sounds like you got some good goodies there..wish i was with you... i love to shop at places like that! Oh the girl at the counter... i was in Yankee candle shop one day and this woman behind me.. her hair was like a real big beehive... oh my gosh it was so huge.. and there is my son and grandson trying to take a picture of her on his cellphone... i just shook my head... anyway, i am so bad, i better stop.. Hugs, Linda

Linda Fleming said...

Sounds like you found some wonderful stuff on your shopping trip! But like you, I always dread shopping. I do enjoy the boutiques and shops with unusual things, but just don't care for the holiday shopping crowds.

Darly Dolittle said...

Vee, try rowdycats@hotmail.com
That should get your email to me! Thanks for stopping by.
Darly

Gaia said...

I feel the very same way about shopping on Christmas time! :)
All your goodies are beautiful and I particularly like the pinecone roses on the brown paper packages... you gave me an excellent idea for wrappings!! Thank you!!! :DD

Also... I really envy you that beautiful tall cup in this picture...it is lovely! Merry Christmas to you Vee :))

BumbleVee said...

hey Gaia...tx for stopping in at my blog. I have admired your little tiny sculpts for ages...and the teeeensy bears too.... amazing!

this is my patch said...

I must confess to having bought some gifts over the internet this year, although they have been what I think will be liked. I do like real shopping for Xmas decorations etc, that is always fun and more fun when the streets are dark and lit with lights. x