I may live in Mall City, i.e. Paramus, NJ but I’m not a seasoned shopper and Black Friday generally has me running in the other direction but this year, after a great workshop session with Anthony it was clear to him that I needed new sneakers and I’m leaving on Friday for the beach. So hey, why not check out the deals, right?
I opted for the closest mall, practically in our back yard. The parking lot was crowded by not full and it was warm out so the walk into Macy’s was almost enjoyable.
First stop Macy’s to check out winter coats, just for fun just when I was loaded with energy. Upstairs on the escalator, I was immediately surrounded by racks of coats and shoppers and after a few tries at some sale items I was done. Claustrophobia hit me quickly and I was back down on the first floor almost racing to Lady Footlocker.
Outside Macy’s,the mall felt comfortable, the way I usually find it mid week. There were shoppers of course, but no one seemed crazed by the day, just my speed.
Inside Lady Footlocker I was almost alone with two salespeople. A friendly young woman came to me, offering her expertise to direct me through shoe ABUNDANCE.
I explained my workout needs and she had just the shoe for me, a Brooks cross trainer. Brooks, she was surprised that she didn’t have to sell me on the company. We got back a long way. My first running shoe was a Brooks when running was new and fresh for non-athletes. Brooks, nice to be back and the shoe was a perfect fit and a great price. I bought two pairs- their last two 10s and on the Black Friday price.
Still not too many customers, I moved to workout pants to replace my baggies. As I slipped into new dry-fit, body hugging capris, I was in heaven. I could see myself on the beach with these.
So in the Abundance of this shopping season, I still need to keep things breezy and one-on-one.
I was so stoked with my shopping experience at LF that I kept moving through the mall, casually stopping at a shop, dipping in and out. A scarf at the Loft, a walk around Chicos, a coffee break at Panera.
Granted, Chanukah is not the pressure cooker of Christmas, so I don’t have a list of people to shop for.
Through the Abundance I had the sweet support of the people who are feeling the pressure of getting rid of their abundance of things, but they knew just how to get the most out of me, for me.