oWhat a sad, sad sign.
Especially sad to me (and others like me) because this sign is hanging in front of my very favourite clothing store. Beall's Outlet. I like the clothes, sure. But I like the prices even better. Whenever I need (or more importantly just want) to buy a new shirt, or a new pair of shorts, or even a purse, this is the place I go.
It's right on the island which makes it so very handy. And an outlet store? Are you kidding me? Of course I love the prices~!
It's actually not moving far, but it is moving off-island which means harder for me to get to. And in fact, unless I start getting REALLY brave very soon, makes it impossible for me to get to. I'm thinking that once they move, that will be the end of clothing shopping for me that isn't absolutely necessary. And every woman on the planet knows that the unessential clothing shopping is always the absolute best clothing shopping. When I HAVE to buy something, I'm always under pressure - usually of time - and often just settle for something that will do, as opposed to something that I really love.
To be fair, I actually knew that they were moving. The last time I shopped there (before The Season started so it was much quieter in the store) the check out lady and I were chatting and she cue'd me in. Sometime next year, she said. Well sure enough. Today I found out that sometime next year would be March. Which is not that far away.
So of course today I stopped in. I mean, if they are moving, the prices are probably a little lower than usual. Which is funny to say because it's an outlet store. The prices are already lower. Still, if I can get something even cheaper, I absolutely will. I mean without being a noodge about it of course. I never ask for more of a discount. It's either, I am comfortable with the price on the tag or I'm not. If I'm not, I quietly walk away.
Well apparently every other woman in Venice, and probably the surrounding areas, had the same idea because the place was packed! Usually there is just one lady at check out because that's all that's needed. Today there were 4 and the string of people waiting snaked around and around like a Conga Line!
There were so very many people in fact, that I almost turned right around and went back out. But, once I stopped and looked around I could see some areas that weren't quite as crowded and naturally, that's where I headed. There really wasn't anything that I absolutely positively needed, but it never hurts to have one or two things that you never knew you always wanted, right?
I tried on a lot of stuff. And had a long wait until my turn at the changing rooms so I made sure I was loaded up with every possibility. I was only going to stand in that line one time! I'm kind of a quick changer so I didn't feel bad about the load of stuff I took in. It's try on and it works so it goes in the yes pile or try on and then immediately off because it doesn't work.. One or the other. No waffling. And I always know right away. Nearly instantaneously. Yes or No. I was in and out with my huge pile faster than people who walked in with 2 or 3 things. I mean I am really quick.
I ended up with a pair of pants and two tops for about $30 bucks. Not bad at all. Then it was time to stand in the check out line which was another eternity. And part of the lengthiness of the line involved the people who didn't seem to notice that there was a line and just walked right up to the register. Where they were told to get in the line. And then, of course, they had to have a fit. Another sigh. Adult Tantrums are not pretty. Just sayin.
But eventually I had my turn, got my stuff paid for and out the door. I did well.
I'm still really bummed that they are moving off-island but hey, I'll take a good store closing sale for now. Kind of one of those good news/bad news things.
In fact, I may need to go back one more time before they are gone for good. Just in case I missed something.
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.