Sunday Morning Shopping
Posted: August 27, 2010
When in doubt, go shopping. That has always been my cure to improve my overall attitude. Luckily, one of the teenagers was up earlier-than-normal last Sunday so I could bring along a helper. Plus, we needed to take advantage of outrageously low prices for school supplies and finally purchase her belated birthday gift.
By the time we arrived on the south side of Eau Claire, it was a bit after 9am. Unfortunately, despite Eau Claire's reputation as being a retail town, not much is open before 10am on Sundays. Even Big Lots doesn't open until the magical 10 o'clock hour. So the teenager and I made the trek to Wal-Mart for some of the back-to-school basics and then to a local grocery store to pick up necessary household items. Before we knew it, the major office supply chain stores were open for business.
Our first stop was Office Max, which went relatively well. That particular store offers money off the final bill if a certain purchase amount is attained, however there are no real "deals" like their competitior across the street. As a result, the next destination was Office Depot, which had sales that were truly remarkable: Pens, pencils and folders for only one penny. Unfortunately, the store could not open Sunday morning because of computer problems. Apparently, even their cash registers act goofy when so many items in the store only cost one cent. By the time we returned three days later, the one-cent items were sold out.
Once the school supply list had nearly been conquered, we set out for Best Buy to purchase a video camera for her 16th birthday. After much research over the past month, she was confident about the brand and model that would work best for her needs and my budget. But, just like the rest of the day of disappointments, Best Buy did not have that particular video camera in stock. To add to our day of laughs, the clerk's cash register literally fell apart as he rang up our order.
The shopping excursion was not a total failure, but even when the stores were open, we weren't able to bring home the items that we wanted to purchase. So, in an effort to ensure that the whole experience was not an exercise in futility, I stopped at Borders Books & Music. She wanted a paperback (we got the last one on the shelf) and I needed to pick up a Fantasy Football magazine to read during my vacation next week.
I came to the realization that shoppers can have bad days, too.
THERE WILL BE NO ISSUE OF THE BOTTOM LINE NEXT WEEK (SEPT. 3rd) DUE TO THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY.