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Perfectly Seasoned
Retail Nightmares,
Online Shopping &
What’s in My Purse?
 by Patty Boissonneault
Shopping for gifts is some- thing I don’t typically enjoy. Es- pecially now, with holiday giving and all its suggestions/recom- mendations screaming at me from every pop-up ad, email, TV commercial and newspaper page (yes, I still do.)
Here’s how I handle Christ-
mas gifts: you’re all getting the
same thing, just in a different col-
or, plaid, size, fabric, finish or mo-
tif. I just don’t have the will or the
time (and frankly, I don’t love any
of you enough) to agonize over
what I think you alone might adore. Plus, no one needs more crap, I don’t care how Ballard’s catalog merchandises it.
I’ve long been criticized for being the Gift Card Queen. My daughter says I don’t put enough thought into gift giving. I have, however, supported Southington Catholic School for years by ordering hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards. The school gets a percentage of sales, and the gift cards I gave you have probably been buried in your desk draw- er since 2014.
I continue the gift card routine because giving cash is downright tacky, although I’ll bet most of you secretly would love it!
This summer, I was fortunate to discover some local artisans who designed very unique yet useful gift items for Christmas. I scooped them up by the
half-dozens. Gifts for men, wom- en, young and old. They’ll open their presents in mock amaze- ment, wondering wherEVER did I find such objects d’art?
Now, I do dabble in online shopping, mostly from Amazon and primarily for necessities I re- fuse to chase down at every store in town. It’s the beauty of that one-click ordering. Believe me, I’m no master of the online. The first time I ordered something, it didn’t arrive; there was a prob- lem. In a panic, I exclaimed to my daughter, “Great. Now I’ll have to CALL Amazon!” You can guess
work on Saturdays, it’s easier to shop on a weekday. There are no crowds, however there seems to be much less staff at stores during the week. I remember a trip to Walmart, years ago with my then 10-year-old daughter. They had a fab- ric department back then. We needed fabric for a costume. We waited and waited and WAITED for the fabric-cutting lady to show up. Another customer sidled up next to us (she of greater patience.) I spied a store telephone on the cutting counter, with its myriad buttons and penned-in extensions and contacts. I casually picked up the receiver and
pressed the button for the front service desk. “Yes, hi. I’ve been waiting at the fabric counter forever. Could you please send someone to help me? Thank you.” I hung up and heard a woman
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