It just occurred to me last night as I was flipping through a ridiculous number of channels, procrastinating any housework that might be piled up on my bedroom floor or on the dining room table, and wrestling with the couch pillows for a comfortable position – I really want to go shopping.
It almost didn’t matter where.
But since I loathe sacrificing the 5-8p portion of my day to anything other than Peanut-time, I don’t often go out after work. As any of you familiar with toddlers knows, taking them with you can be like navigating Forest’s box of chocolates – if half of those chocolates were poisonous. With gravel and razorblades in them. And combustible.
I would really like to go out after I put Calamity Jayne to sleep.
How great would it be if retail outfits picked one day a week to be open until 11p? They could open late that day, I don’t care. But give me a couple of hours where I can shop for shoes (because they’re the only thing that isn’t obnoxiously oversized now), or kids clothes, or household goods, or arts & crafts, or… well, like I said. I’d shop for anything.
It got me thinking… maybe I’m just a dummy without a clue. Maybe stores are already DOING this and I’m just living in the dark and wasting some valuable shopping opportunities. So I checked.
Here, in all their glory, are the shopping hours of some of my favorite time-killing, money-sucking, halls of commerce:
- Target – Open until 11p M-F (WHO KNEW?!?!?!?!)
- Kohls – Open until 10p T-Sa (Not too shabby.)
- Marshall’s & TJ Maxx– Open until 9:30 M-Sa (I think they can do better.)
- DSW – Open until 9p M-Sa
- Home Depot – Varies by store but many are Open until 10p M-Sa and SOME are open until Midnight. (I feel a new project coming on…I can do it. They can help.)
- Home Goods – Open until 9:30p M-Sa (Cue choir of angels!)
- Michael’s Crafts – Open until 9p M-Sa
I know many of my mum friends shop online, and until recently saved themselves the considerable retail tax of cities like Chicago (10% WHAT?!?!?!?!). However, as someone who works from home and works online, I get very little joy from shopping online. Unless there is a store I can’t visit (The Company Store, Ballard Designs, etc.) or I get massive savings & convenience thrown my way (Diapers.com & Soap.com), I really don’t see the point. I know, I know… I WORK in online advertising. I’m SUPPOSED to be all “ecommercy” and stuff. Suck it. I’m not. Advertise to me – promote your sales – and make it easy for me to shop you however I want… not however YOU want. That’s how you get my business. Everyone knows that no self-respecting W25-54 with kids in the household will click on your ad. Unless maybe there’s a coupon code. Please don’t get me started on this. I have nothing nice to say.
But I’ve gone off-topic…
I don’t know if the later store hours discovery is good news or bad (I fear my spending may go up considerably), but I want to thank these stores for being considerate enough to employ staff and keep their doors open into the night. Maybe I won’t be shopping late every night but now I at least have the option of giving my girl(s) all my attention during their waking hours and still having some mommy-time doing projects, or dressing up our home and our selves.
Ok mamas and shoppahs, what are YOUR favorite late night or odd-hour shops? Do you get the same thrill picking out stuff online as you do in-store? Teach me your ways. I’m about to go plastic.
Hooray for Retail!