Today was a bit of a horrid day. I was just really feeling unhappy and stressed. At about 5:45, Bart was heading out to get a haircut. Instead of leaving me home to make dinner and contemplate throwing all my dishes on the tile floor just to watch them smash, he suggested I come along with him. The hair cutting place is right next door to Target.
“Why don’t you wander around Target and spend $10, while I get my hair cut?”
Bart and I each have a monthly discretionary budget and I rarely spend the entirety of mine because, well, then it would be gone. So the offer of basically free money was rather tempting (even in the depths of my despair). I went along.
Now a little divergence, if you’ll indulge me. I do not love Target. I know this is nearly blasphemy to some of you – I know that many many people consider Target (and we won’t even mention SUPER Target) to be the happiest place on earth. And I agree that Target does have it’s place. But overall, I think Target is just too expensive. It seems not to realize that it’s only a slightly nicer version of Wal-Mart and prices items as if it were a lower-end department store. If I’m going to spend $20 on a shirt, I don’t want it to be from Target (I also don’t want to run into a thousand other people wearing the same exact shirt for which they also foolishly paid $20).
So, I only buy things from Target if they are on sale. And I mean big sale. Like 50% off sale.
Anyway, I went into Target and half-heartedly started flipping through the sale racks. Nothing, nothing, nothing. Well, at least I wouldn’t have to go to the dressing room (I hate changing rooms – pulling clothes on and off makes my hair static-y, the floors are usually gross, and your actual clothes get all baggy and ugly from being tossed on and off. Plus, I generally hate my own clothes after going in there).
I decided to have a quick look through the shoe section, even though I generally avoid Target shoes (for the above mentioned reasons). I came to the shoe section and saw three shelves labeled “75% off.” This might have been more exciting if I hadn’t been able to tell from 10 yards away that all the shoes on that shelf were children’s leopard-print slippers. But, on the top shelf, were a pair of boots.
In my size.
After carefully searching the regular shelves to see if any clearance items lurked there, I returned to the dedicated clearance shelves and realized that one of the shoe boxes marked “Size 10” actually contained a pair of size 6 pumps. They were even cheaper than the boots. I tucked them under my arm as well. (The picture at the top of the page is this pair as well).
I went to the checkout counter and they rung up my shoes. With the help of a leftover $4 Target giftcard, my total came to $10.36. For both pairs of shoes. My day was saved. One cannot be unhappy when one has just purchased two pairs of shoes for $10.
Oh, and I got a pair of shoes last week when I went to return something and had to get store credit instead. So behold my other new pair of shoes. I do not wear flats because, um, I think they are generally unattractive (I’m sorry!) but I liked these ones since they had a bit of a wedge heel and also were a nice pair of casual shoes.
I may not be anywhere close to Heidikins‘ unbelievable shoe collection of 176 pairs (covet!), but I’m working on it.