Shopping on a Fall Day

Today was cold, it was oftentimes overcast, and I was kind of depressed. So I went shopping.

To give you an idea of how deep my melancholy was, I went to Target to buy my first vacuum cleaner that cost more than $30. It is a miracle, and I almost want to cry. Target was packed with people — the crisp fall day perhaps making people shop as they winterize cabins and prepare to hunker?

I stopped at Collector’s Connection, which I discovered will move in a few weeks, just down the way in the same shopping complex. Is it evil to hope that they hold a “please don’t make us move this crap” clearance sale soon?

The Mall was packed, too. We visited the Halloween shop in the mall lot, in a big tent. Clever stuff, all priced high but then discounted.  I guess that’s the way. I l0ved the animatronic display — worth a look to see what creepy means in the 21st century. Five guys (our first trip there in a long time) for lunch, a walk through the Mall to Hot Topic (where I look always for new Dr. Who merchandise — can’t wait for the 50th anniversary, at the Zinema). Later in the mall, we ran into one of my favorite wildlife volunteers and local musicians.

Cafe tables at B&N were hotly contested. But I managed to snag one and relaxed with a salted caramel mocha.

I went to the fundraiser put on by my friends at Wildwoods — the Raccoon Rummage at Central Hillside Community Center, Lake Ave & 4th St. I bought some Masters of the Universe mini-comics — reliving the simpler time of childhood. Also some amazing home-made goblets, and some tea pots that can be strip-mined for steampunk accessories. What was most awesome, to me, was three-fold. Number one, there was tons of cool stuff. And number two, the staff at Wildwoods (with whom I volunteer but I do no fundraising, so I knew nothing of this plan) set the price as “pay what you can” — which meant that the neighborhood could afford to use this fundraiser to buy what it needs, while I was still getting great deals on mini-comics. Nice to see a sale that serves Wildwoods and the neighborhood equally.

I stopped by the Essentia/SMDC/Whatever Center for Personal Fitness on the way home. For the first time, I used a treadmill and some kind of stair thing. My hip muscles are not used to working.

Part of me regrets a day spent almost entirely as a consumer. Maybe this blog post makes me a producer for ten minutes. But it’s late October — Ottertoberfest, even, is behind me, much less Lester Park and Chester Bowl fests. Cold is coming, and my heart is sinking.

1 Comment


about 11 years ago

Don't be sad.  Cold is coming, but so is the beauty of fresh snow, the fun of Bentlyville and the camaraderie of other frozen northerners in pubs and restaurants across the city for the next several months.  It's not all bad!

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