I frequently joke that I work as hard on my days off as I do when I am “actually working” – sometimes it seems like I work even harder. And today was no exception…
(not really my feet, BTW!)
My day started with a very brief client meeting (only thirty minutes), then I came home, grabbed my Sweetie and we were off for the day. In slightly less than seven hours, we hit Old Navy (I scored a sweet polo at 50% off!), Bath & Body Works (more on that later), Marshall’s for some off-price “looking,” Target (I needed a “fancy” thank you card from Papyrus), then we gulped down a quick McLunch, grabbed some food at Aldi’s (mostly produce – it is SO inexpensive there!), stopped and bought two dozen potato and cheese perogis, handmade by adorable Ukrainian grandmothers, stopped by Marc’s for a few flowers for our patio and some groceries and finally capped off the day at Giant Eagle. Whew!
I know – I am supposed to “shun” large chain stores but it is hard to resist, budget-wise. Take Bath & Body Works for example… Now, I have to confess that I have NEVER paid full price for one, single item in a Bath & Body Works store. Not even once. And today was no exception. I mean, I AM a retailer and have some notion of mark-ups and margins but Sweet Baby Jesus, how DOES that chain sell items that “retail” for $12.95 for $3.00 on sale? I mean, what IS the actual mark-up on that stuff? No ones sells stuff to lose money so what does that stuff cost to produce, package and merchandise?
Same with Papyrus. For those unaware, Papyrus is a line of THE most exquisite, embellished cards – think hand-applied fabric flowers, or a little tiny clothesline hung with teeny-tiny crocheted baby booties. I am a HUGE snail-mailer and have always considered Papyrus to be like the Rolls Royce of handmade greeting cards. The average Papyrus card is about $8.00 – I used to purchase them from a small gallery/gift shop. Now, as I understand it, Papyrus is owned by American Greetings and are pretty-much everywhere. They are carried at Target, which offers a really large selection. I guess I thought when they went “big” the prices might come down a bit – nope.
Anyway, profits margins aside, I am all but exhausted from today. I do love shopping – my friends kid me that I can shop inside a Speedy Gas Station – but it does get tiring. By the end of the day, my energy is pretty much depleted. Know what else is depleted?
At the end of the day, I had enjoyed an amazing afternoon/early evening with my beloved M. I am a lucky guy, exhausted or not…