Aughh! The holiday season is upon us! The holiday season is upon us! Run! Hide! Be a bear and sleep until springtime! Put away your firearms! Overly self-medicate! Make your list and check it twice! Three times! No, not three times! There’s no time! Get to the mall! Overnight special delivery! It’s already too late! Never shop at a store that doesn’t gift-wrap. Intravenous slow-drip double-espresso. A motorcycle to weave in and out of traffic. With a trailer to tow all your goodies back home with you. You forgot a shawl for Aunt Gertrude! If only you had taken up knitting, last year, when going through this same insane duststorm experience, you could have knitted everyone mittens. That would have been … so … quaint … Ahhhh … But now it’s too late! Just get a gift card!!! Aughhhhh!!!!!
Thanksgiving is this Thursday, which means that the next day is … THE BUSIEST SHOPPING DAY OF THE YEAR!
Once upon a time, the holidays were less hectic. Maybe they can be less hectic again?
Blessed, or cursed, with an inability to withstand parking lot traffic, I, mostly for selfish survival reasons, tend to do most of my holiday shopping at a downtown near you. Any downtown will do, really. Park on the outskirts, walk around for a bit, making mental notes as I go, then sweep through specifically chosen stores on my way back to the car. Repeat if necessary.
Is shopping “locally” more expensive? Probably, even though it shouldn’t be. Either way, though, it’s tough to put a price on sanity. And in that way, I’ve always felt that shopping locally is already money well spent. Continue reading