“You should give her a discounts. In my opinion, teachers should be paid like professional athletes.” the next-in-line customer spoke over my shoulder to the Macy cashier.

“I did!” I heard and as I looked at the total I needed to pay, it was half as much as I expected.

Fifteen minutes earlier, I was in the dressing room, trying on shirts and pants. Literally iit has been years since I shopped for back-to-school clothes. I awoke last Saturday and deicded I wanted to buy something new to wear to school. I could have driven miles to the outlet to get a bargain but I decided instead to go to the close-by Mall in my neighborhood. I parked in the garage parking lot outside of Macy’s.

Once inside, I found some shirts and pants to try on and headed to the dressing room. Quickly I learned that I was not the only one with this idea as the first and second dressing rooms I found had a line. But I persevered and found an empty dressing room space on my third attempt.

Quickly, I ruled out the pants. One was too tight. One was too long in the legs. A third was OK but I actually had a pair at home in the same color so I decided, no pants today. Next, I tried on 3 tops and really liked 2 of them. I then, for the first time, glanced at the pirce. Ouch!

Then this conversation occurred in my head. “You are already here. You are worth it. You could dirve to the outlet to save money but that will cost you gas money and more time. And your time is valueable.Plus, you haven’t spent money on clothes in years!” After hearing all this, I took the two shirts to the cashier.

“These are lovely,” the cahsier said. As I agreed, I mentioned I was buying them to wear to work as I am a teacher. That is when the person behind me made her comment. As I swiped my card, I realized I was given a $20/off each shirt. I was actually being charged as a buy-one-get-one-free sale.

What a lovely first shopping trip after Covid!!

Are you back to shopping again?


6 thoughts on “Shopping….again!

  1. Fran McCrackin says:

    What a great opening! Then you back up and give us perspective on your decisions. A great small moment for the beginning of a new school year. I am also thinking about how we don’t want to be wasteful (use our old clothing) but a new school outfit is a real pleasure and boost. Also, I think students appreciate seeing our clothes!


  2. Stacey Shubitz says:

    That’s a great shopping trip! Hooray for teacher discounts!

    It’s been SOOOOOO long since I’ve tried on clothes in a dressing room. I took my kids to the King of Prussia Mall a few weeks ago. They didn’t know what to do with themselves in the dressing rooms. Isabelle got locked out three times. Once the second lock-out happened, I made her get the salesperson to help her unlock it. After two trips to find the salesperson herself, Isabelle learned how to keep the door from locking.


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