Monday, December 20, 2010

What I Miss

I hate shopping, and I am generally what I call a "tunnel shopper."  If I am looking for something specific, I am not browsing around at what else is out there.  There was a time in my life when I enjoyed going to flea markets to browse, or to the mall and browse, but no more.  I even used to watch for sales and go from store to store to get the best bargains.

I do not do that anymore.  I am a "one stop shopper" which means more often than not, my one stop is a Wal-Mart Supercenter...There I can get pretty much all of the basics that I want.  I am a habitual buyer:  I tend to buy the same things over and over again, without varying my purchase habits.

Just recently, I had occasion to go to the mall, because I wanted something I could get at Barnes & Noble, which is now located at the mall. I go to Barnes & Noble fairly regularly as the mystery book club which I attend meets there.  But, I rarely go further than that.  A couple of weeks ago,though,  I had to go to the eye glass store, but that is just barely in the mall, using the entrance near the Barnes & Noble.

Well, while I was at the mall, I decided to go to the Hallmark store, because I could not find the exact card I needed, although I had looked at three other stores.  I thought the Hallmark store would have the card.  So, I walked around the mall.  I went the wrong direction, and did some extra walking through the mall.  I was amazed at the sales and products that I was not familiar with.  I did find the card I was looking for...I guess one lesson is that go to the specialist for a specialty product.   And, remember that if you do not spend time expanding your horizons, you really are in a tunnel....

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