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Baby Steps: Shop till you drop

Posted November 12, 2010

‘Tis the season for shopping! Luckily, my husband and I had the day off together yesterday for the holiday and we were able to knock out the Christmas wish list for our nieces and nephew. Though, I’ll admit, I was surprised to find out what they really wanted were clothes!

When I was a kid – I absolutely despised getting clothes as a gift. In fact, I recall one Christmas many years ago that I literally cried over how much clothing I found gift wrapped under the tree! So I was really taken aback when our family members said clothing was at the top of their list.

As you can tell, I am not a big shopper and my husband hates crowds – so we made a strategic plan as soon as we walked through the sliding glass doors of the mall. Most of the stores on our plan were places I was familiar with, but one I’d never heard of before…

We were directed very specifically to a girls’ clothing and accessory store called "Justice." I was worried we might miss it, but boy was I wrong! The entire store was bathed in fluorescent yellows and pink. I practically had to put my sunglasses on walking through the door! At checkout the cashier assured us – this place is every little girls’ dream and we will have a very happy niece when she gets her gift card in a few weeks.

I guess there are a few things I still need to learn before becoming a mom!

Christine is an associate producer at WRAL-TV, which includes research for 5 On Your Side and producing the 10 p.m. weekend newscasts on Fox50. She lives with her husband and three dogs. Christine is chronicling her experience as she and her husband struggle with infertility. Find her here on Fridays.



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  • Whosays Nov 16, 2010

    Kids will grow up to be what you bring them up to be.

  • JAT Nov 15, 2010

    I try, I try

  • Mugu Nov 15, 2010

    Jat is my hero!

  • JAT Nov 15, 2010

    I think kids are getting overly greedy and money hungry - they should be taught to appreciate anything that's given to them. They don't have to be given anything, and often, for the person that's giving the gift, it may be a financial struggle, and for that to be unappreciated with a "so far so bad" attitude and response is just atrocious! I'd have ended Christmas right then and there and returned all the gifts!

  • boatrokr Nov 12, 2010

    I simply asked my parents for cash once I got old enough to appreciate clothes, pointing out that I could then hit the after-Christmas sales, and get twice as much. They were happy to put a hundred-dollar bill under the tree each year after that....which bought a lot back in the 70s!

  • grannybam07 Nov 12, 2010

    LOL - Isn't it amazing how early children are becoming fashionistas? I think it was late middle school or high school before I started requesting clothes! Oh well, at least you've knocked out a good part of your shopping, some of us aren't that far yet!

  • whyalltheproblems Nov 12, 2010

    had to laugh when I read how you despised getting clothes as a little girl. A couple of years ago on Christmas morning, my daughter said, as she opened up her 3rd present of clothes, "so far so bad". :)

  • backhome Nov 12, 2010

    we spent yesterday doing all of our christmas shopping too. with six nieces and nephews between the two of us, we were busy and amazed at what kids are interested in these days. good for you for knocking it out so early in the season!

  • JAT Nov 12, 2010

    Justice is an odd store - some of those things I refuse to let my child even look at. Seems like there's a thin line between when little girls are allowed to be girls and when the stores try to make them look like little hoochy mamas.

  • Killian Nov 12, 2010

    My mom and sister and I have done "Shop Til You Drop" on Black Friday every year since I can remember. Even now that I have to use a wheelchair for it, it's been a tradition. Well, this year is the first that will break it. They're going to NY for the weekend, and I'm staying here. Much as I love the fun of the day, I'm almost looking forward to NOT dealing with the crowds and such. I've gotten almost all of my shopping done online this year. Much easier, and most places are offering free shipping too!

    P.S. My kids' wish lists have a lot of clothes on them this year too!