I did a month of no shopping at Target a while back, maybe August? Or September? I just checked my blog archives and since I haven’t written anything since July it was one of those months. I think August. I also didn’t buy anything on Amazon. It was kind of an intense month for me. It did my check book good and I also think it opened my eyes to how much I use a “quick trip to Target” to buy things I don’t need to fill some sort of hole that I could fill with much better pursuits. Like – even giving $150 to a random stranger would be better spent than some of the shit I’ve purchased at Target.
The other day I was walking into Ralph’s to pick up milk (good God we go through a lot of milk) and a man with really beautiful light brown eyes asked if I could spare any change. I do my best when the person isn’t clearly insane or aggressive to look them in the eyes when I say I can’t, or not today, and I did that and he said, “thank you anyway.” I bought milk and some bagels and got $5 cash back and handed it to him on the way out. I heard him say to his wife/partner/friend as she walked into the store, “Cigarettes.” And there are people that would be pissed, someone just gave you five whole dollars, and you’re going to buy cigarettes? And whatever, he might have purchased any number of things that I don’t think he “should have.” but I gave that money to him. He gets to decide what he wants to do with it now. I hope those cigarettes tasted like a little bit of comfort on a cold night.
This is a weird post. I don’t know what’s going on, but I felt like writing about Etsy stores and then all this random stuff about Target and $5 to strangers spilled out and now it feels weird to link to vapid consumer goods, but hey, here we all are.
I have two stores that I really like that I wanted to tell you about.
First – Uncommon and Nice. If you have a book lover on your list that you are kind of stumped on what to buy them, because now they read everything on their kindle, I’d go here. This guy makes phone chargers out of books. I have the Pride and Prejudice one. It works great, looks amazing and I just love it.
Second – If you are looking for personalized Christmas stockings, LittleWhiteBoutique is so great. I got myself a stocking from her last year and I adore it. She’s in Latvia of all places, but if you order before November 24th, you’ll get your stocking before Christmas without having to pay for expedited shipping.
I love Etsy in theory, but find it can be very overwhelming when you’re just looking for say, a pretty necklace or a pair of earrings. Hit me up with your favorite stores in the comments if you feel like sharing in some vapid consumerism.
(Not sponsored, just dig the stores. Also, thanks for bearing with me while I get used to blogging again, I’m clearly a little rusty.)