Sunday, December 13, 2009

By the Chimney With Care?

So I found this great Toy Store in my area. A little higher priced than that Big Boxed Famous Giraffe Toting ("Sorry Mame, we're out of Zulu Pets") one you may have heard of.

There are no carts, so you don't have to worry about banging into Ms. Gotta Have The Last Star Wars Figure. In fact, they don't even sell things like that.

The toys you find here are the ones you play with (I mean the kids play with) for hours. These aren't the toys you find stuffed at the back of closets. No sir!

These are the toys your children beg you to bring to Show and Tell their first day back from Christmas Vacation (despite it's net weight being heavier than said child). These are the toys that show up in every picture ever taken of your children whether it be in their hand, or in close proximity, making a really cool backdrop for the holidays.

So there I was salivating at the front of the store wondering where was this diamond in the ruff when I was a child. I quickly tried to regain composure. "Must buy stocking stuffers," was my mantra. "What a cool magic set," I thought aloud. Wait, no, "Must buy stocking stuffers!"

This is a dangerous store. I should have gone in with horse blinders. And within minutes, I was back on track. And within a few minutes more, I was wishing my children's stockings were much larger than the standard Santa regulated size. "Why couldn't they be more like pillowcases?" I mean honestly, Martha Stewart knew what she was doing: standard, Queen, King, Super King, California King. Does she even know that California isn't the largest state? If I were to get to be a kid again, I would definitely invent the Alaskan King Stocking.

As I began loading my basket with the coolest trinkets known to man it got me thinking about the things Santa left in my stocking as a child: toothbrush, shampoo, perfume, nail polish.

No wonder I have a complex. Was Santa trying to convey a message? "Hey kid, take a bath!" "Here's a few things to get you started."

I finally made it to the checkout in just under 30 minutes. Not too bad I thought. And then I received the result.

"That will be $120.00 today!"

"Are you serious?" I asked. "I only bought stocking stuffers! Did you get that coupon I handed you? Can I have a recount? I only have 2 children!"

She just smiled, and reached for my credit card.

Well, that mantra worked like a charm. Next years mantra will be better: "Save Money On Stocking Stuffers.....Insert Foot!"


Anonymous said...

I"m with you!! We have a store like that around here that has the coolest toys - way better than Wally-world or Target but the sticker shock will get you.

Visiting over from SITS :)

Ana said...

I am on my way to toy-shopping for my daughters first Christmas ever... kind of scary... We only have stores like the one you mention, I'm thinking that maybe a box of crayons would make her happy... hehe.

Eva Gallant said...

Just be glad you only have TWO kids! It could have been worse! lol

The Mumpowers said...

This is one of the only reasons I'm glad we live overseas... we tend to spend less! I'm scared for our account balance when we get back!

thatgirlblogs said...

money all seems relative in December and then comes january...

thanks for visiting me on my SITS day xoxo

Anonymous said...

Ouch, that's a hard hit but I'll bet the kids flash you million dollar smile when they open up their gifts!

Anonymous said...

Just stooping by from SITS to say hello!
Have a great day!

Montessori Moments

Anonymous said...

I'm laughing because we always budget a certain amount for our 3 kids...but never include the stocking stuffer cost. Wow, it really does add up.
Maybe I should get smaller stockings?

ethelmaepotter! said...

I hear ya! I haven't even finished my stocking stuffer shopping (for 4 adult kids,) but I know I've already spent almost $100. Mostly at WALMART!!!!