Do me a favor and spend all that money you’ve been saving up! I own Target (TGT) and Urban Outfitters (URBN) stock so make sure to patronize those stores. My child’s private school education fund thanks you!
As a sidenote, the CEO of Urban Outfitters is a Chicago alum. They featured him in one of our alumni magazines and how he had the foresight and business know-how to rebrand Anthropologie which was so successful it was run separately as its own business entity before he became CEO of all Urban Outfitters. He believes so much in creativity that he builds in time and the budget for employees to drum up innovative solutions.
Back to the shopping topic, I was flabbergasted when I passed by Banana Republic on my way into work to read a sign posted on their front door that said they’d be open on Thanksgiving. Briskly walking to work, I figured the sign said Thanksgiving weekend, but I made a mental note to look into the matter. I read correctly. Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Walmart, Toys ‘R Us, Kmart, and Sears are open on Turkey Day. Unbelievable. Does overtime for the employees working that day cover the sales you’re projecting? More importantly, what does that say about the cultural environment that it doesn’t respect its employees enough to spend time with their families on this very important holiday.
Now for my shopping rediscovery. I’ve been eyeing Ugg boots because I need really comfortable, warm shoes for my trip to China. Up until high school, I shopped at the Children’s Place. I always found clothing there that fit and that I liked. There’s a Children’s Place store that I pass by sometimes on my way home from work. I decided to pop in there, maybe they would have some cheap boots in the largest kid size. OMIGOD! I found Ugg-looking boots in Size 4. Maybe they would fit? They were big! So I walked out of the store with soft, fur-lined boots in a Size 3 for $24 including the tax. I rediscovered my new shopping spot!