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Department store shopping in the U.S.A.


Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, May 21, 2007 1:38 AM (Eastern)

I had to replace my eye cream today, so I went to Macy's. Oh, I suppose I could buy it online, but why?...I've always bought it at this particular Macy's, over several tubes; it's a tradition.

Then...for some reason, I decided to look at the clothes there. I say "for some reason" because normally I don't do clothes shopping. I don't. In the almost ten years I've lived where I do now, I have not checked out that Macy's except for children's clothes.

So I went from one end of the store to the other, from the juniors section to the regular ladies' sections...I looked at everything. And I didn't buy anything.

What I got out of this venture is simple. If you like it, it starts at fifty bucks. For one piece of clothing. They did have some nice stuff but that is the price.

I suppose, on some level, it's always been that way. But...it seems to me there were more choices before. More stores. Even at this mall...they used to have a Gap, a Victoria's Secret, a Crabtree & Evelyn, a Sanrio store...a Fresh Choice restaurant for that matter. They're all gone, they all moved out. We got a Wal-Mart instead of all of these shops.

The Macy's is the best store in this mall and I concluded that I could either pay the fifty bucks per piece or I could give up clothes shopping at this mall.

We do have a relatively new mall in another city which recently opened an H & M--they have Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy, some other stuff I've read incessantly about on the Net such as Steve Madden and Chico's (?). Since I am (or was, rather) one of those people who doesn't pay retail, I have never checked this mall out either (except for children's clothes). Maybe I'll drop by there...things can't be this bad, we are supposed to have choices. Right?

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