by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
I have a (not-so-brilliant) theory about that: people aren't going to their local stores (and malls) because they can't get what they want. I can't count the number of times I've hit a store thinking I'll buy something, only to find they don't have the size or color I want. I have gone to shoe stores only to find that they have NO shoes in my very popular size. They're all gone and "we don't know when we'll get another shipment."
And then came the Internet. Granted, I don't buy a lot of clothes off the Internet, but there are three things I always buy: jeans, shoes, and underwear. I've been to three different Walmart's since December looking for underwear in my size. None. But Walmart online always has underwear for sale in my size 24/7. I've got a friend who's current housebound. She's been getting her groceries from Amazon for weeks.
Of course, the lack of stores means the end of window shopping. And there are a lot of people who shop for fun. You can't really do that online, which could save you a lot of money. Or because it's fun to receive packages in the mail--could cost you a lot more.
Vidlers in East Aurora, NY. It's an old-fashioned Five-and-Dime type of store with wooden floors where you can buy a little bag of popcorn for a dime to munch on while you shop. I have bought so many oddball gifts for friends and family there. I've bought Buffalo T-shirts. I've bought a "welcome" mat that says "GO AWAY." Pens, cookies, earrings, coasters, doll furniture. You want it, they got it! It's a fun place to go in a wonderful little town that's known for Elbert Hubbard and the arts-and-crafts movement.
So, do you miss window shopping or do you prefer to shop online?