Saturday, November 19, 2005

The enchanted retail forest

First, another haiku:

Little sleep last night.
Teething baby. Cross husband.
Please, teeth, come on out!


I went to Target yesterday, fully intending to follow the list I had virtuously drawn up beforehand: bar set for recently-eloped friends, Neutrogena lipstick in a shade I can't find anywhere else, baby bath seat, and perhaps a few baskets or tins in which to pack Christmas goodies for friends. List firmly in hand and a commitment to just get in and out in my heart, I strode resolutely into the new SuperTarget near my house. I got Bean--blessedly sleeping--in her car seat clamped down to the front of the cart and made it about 20 feet into the belly of the beast when my brain turned to mush and I became lost in the enchanted retail forest that is pre-Christmas Target.

Does this happen to anyone else? I began to realize what was happening to me, shook my head, cast down my eyes to avoid temptation, and made it to the baby section to search for a bath seat. They had none. At this point I was toast. Not finding the seat meant that they had me--I was completely adrift, my list a meaningless slip of scrap paper. I took a left out of the baby supply aisles only to be confronted with cute socks in Sister's size that would be perfect in her stocking. One pair with Santa printed on them and one pair with a small, stuffed reindeer head attached to them, into the cart.

Then onto the Christmas aisle, which it turns out at this time of the year is no one aisle, but row upon row of them, bristling with shiny, tempting goods bursting beguilingly out to the front of the shelves to lure you in. I was looking for baskets or tins? 6 sturdy boxes in bright colors and patterns, 6 snowflake-patterned Chinese take-out boxes, 8 gift bags, a set of overpriced gift tags, a soccer-related Christmas ornament to go in Sister's stocking, a painted tin Christmas tree in which you could put about 5 pieces of candy, plus a combined total of 200 feet of tinsel star garlands in various colors, all into the cart. Trying to get a grip on myself, I fairly sprinted towards the kitchen ware to find the bar set. On the way somehow a set of pink flannel, snowwomen-printed sheets for Sister's bed made it into the cart as well.

Once in the kitchen section, I had to firmly talk myself out of adorable Christmas-printed melamine plates and various ceramic platters that I hankered for. (I might add here that I already have about a dozen platters currently residing in my kitchen. Perhaps I should call it a collection and stop feeling guilty.) Did I really need that 3-tiered server? No, but it was so cute and I could use it for Sister's Christmas party! Must...resist...hard-to-store kitchen item....I found the bar set I was looking for, but couldn't make it out of the kitchen section without a new candy thermometer for myself--just in case my other one breaks during the upcoming baking and candy-making frenzy, don'tcha know.

Then, growing weary at this point, I finally made it over to the cosmetics aisle where I found my preferred shade of lipstick. Plus a little pot of advanced moisture repair lipgloss. Totalling it all up in my head, I realized that I needed to do a little "un-shopping." The sheets went back, and I got a cheaper-by-the-foot shade of garland, but that's all I could bring myself to return. I love Target! I hate Target! I barely made it out of there, slightly dizzy and confused, just squeaking under the $100 mark. Hope all my friends don't mind cookies for Christmas. I promise they'll be beautifully packaged!

9 comments:

Moonface said...

Hi!! Found you via mothers on the verge...

My little one is going through the teething stage, so I can totally relate to your haiku.

Sugarmama said...

Hi, moonface! Glad you found me. I'm a journal-keeper, too, since age 10. I've just started blogging and the verdict is still out for me as to how journalling and blogging work together--or not.

cubmommy said...

I always go into Target with a list and end up spending more then what I budgeted for. I love and hate Target also.

Lauren said...

At least you didn't get the Nick 'n Nora electric blue flannel pajamas with pictures of snow globes from all fifty states, complete with sparkly snow . . . I got them on impulse, but do have to say I LOVE THEM.

theyellowwallpaper said...

I have this problem as well. It's hard not to succumb to the aisles and aisles of goodies. Like a kid in a candy store.

Jenifgrr said...

Thats why I call Target the $100 store. I can go in knowing that I just need toothpaste, cat litter and tampons and have yet to walk out with less than $100 in merchandise. I don't think it can be done.

Laura said...

Tee-hee! This is why a person should NOT get a Target card (spoken in tiny little voice, "ihaveatargetcard".)

Sugarmama said...

Well, this post seemed to resonate with a lot of people, and I haven't even heard from mommygoth yet (who I believe is known by name to all the clerks at the local SuperTarget)! Jenifgrr, you're right on--glad I'm not the only one who can NEVER make it out of Target without spending around the $100 mark, with or without a list.

Mommygoth said...

Har har. Not only am I known by name, so is Miss K. Target's accountants have a tea party when I come into the store. But this was a good weekend for me - I was only there once! For an hour and a half, mind, but only once.