Wednesday, April 18, 2007
spt - the recap
back in the day, i used to get up at 5 a.m. to do the "friday after thanksgiving" sales thing. one particular year, as we were queued up outside our local target inhaling coffee and brushing the sleep from our eyes, we found ourselves in the company of a group of women who were obviously serious shoppers.
in my memory, there are 12 or 13 women in this group (although there were probably only 5 or 6). they were in their 20s? 30s? they were a group of friends who had obviously left their spouses and children at home. they had planned for this event with the precision of a military unit. this morning, they were huddled around a map of target (to scale!) tuning their walkie talkies and engaging in a strict calesthenic routine. (i'm kidding! about the calesthenics.)
they were first in line, and as the bright red doors opened to reaveal the great goodness of target on the biggest shopping day of the year, i was temporarily blinded by a 50% off sign! when i came to my senses, the shopping girls had dispersed, each with their "as-advertised" assignment. each girl was off to a separate department. (as you know, most targets are set up in similar fashion, with the departments fanning out amongst a larger aisle that runs around the entire store.
a little bit later, i was browsing the clearance rack in the women's department. in a flutter of limbs and multiple shopping carts, one of the shopping girls flew by, screaming franitically into her walkie talkie: I'M SHOOTING THE LOOP! I'M SHOOTING THE LOOP!
i haven't taken advantage of the "friday after thanksgiving" shopping in a while, but if i were to go, i would want all of YOU right there with me, shooting the loop! here's what we would be looking for, according to this week's spt posts:
first, we would make change for our $100 bills, because it can be tricky to wave those benjamins around!
then we would fuel up with our favorite beverage, and browse the www for our tride and true faves, or to check out some new stuff. we notice that our t-shirt has a bleach stain on it, so we change into a hip graphic tee.
then we're off to the mall (because we have some time before the afternoon carpool). on the hike from our car to shopping mecca, our sandal finally gives up the ghost. as we hobble into the mall, we catch a glimpse of our reflection and note that it really is time for a cut and color, and possibly a wax. (thank goodness we don't have to wear that hat anymore...)
we look so good when we leave the stylist's chair, that we might decide to brighten those pearly whites. so far, our virtual shopping bag is entirely empty of clothing! we're seriously thinking of heading home to our closet full of easy faves, but before we go, what the heck? we've wanted a new scent for sometime now.
back at home, we flip through today's catalogs, but we're simply not inspired.
just for fun, maybe we try on our old 'fat pants'. and then, since we're crafty girls, we decide that maybe it might be fun to make our own clothes made out of our personal wool stash. (seriously, go check out how these new image consultants would spend their money!!)
kudos to those of you who were able to spend "real money" this week! you got some really cute stuff (and your hair looks great, too!) thanks for doing your best to stick to our meager budget (i know many of you out there passed on some super expensive jeans!)
i'll see ya around the clearance racks!