Ms Ava Moon is a diehard shopping fanatic and have invited the Monnaemi sisters to join her for the After Christmas Sales at their favorite shops. Well...they all got up before the crack of dawn to be at door number one by 5:30 in the morning, stretched, ready, waiting, and armed with Ms Moon's "Shopping Playbook," lists, sales coupons, and itinerary! Bewildered by Ms Moon's shopping strategies, Mimi and Jinamarie begged for a respite at a local bagel cafe after 4 hours of non-stop action. Since Bongie was still hungry and Ms Moon was very gracious, they did just that.
Yes... we are aware that it is only 10:15 in the morning, but Ms Moon loves wine, and Bongie needs her beer just as much as Jinamarie needs a major caffeine fix, and Mimi thirsts for her water...just play along, ok?
Bongie started chattering enthusiastically about the doll shops and toy stores that she wanted to visit, particularly the FAO Schwartz on Fifth Avenue. She talks about Tonner dolls, and the new Jason Wu Gene dolls, and particular fashion sets she wants to own. Jinamarie, on the other hand, lamented the closing of her favorite store-- The Art of Cooking. She used to spend hours in there looking at the same things over and over again, carefully planning her future purchases. The only other cookery store that she loved just as much was Cook's Mart in Denver, where she bought her very first pasta maker. But she was open to visiting some of the other culinary shops Ms Moon mentioned. She also thought that this coming year might be a good time to learn to cook French cuisine.Mimi, rendered incredibly star-struck and shy by the presence of Ms Moon, just nibbled on her bagel and listened to the chatter around her. She joined the conversation in her head. She pretended that she volunteered that what she wanted to do was go to an art supply store and buy more canvases and some new brushes.
Day after Christmas shopping... I have to admit that I really have never participated in this American pastime before. Usually, it's been because I generally do not have any money left to spend after the holidays, or because I've almost always had to work the day after Christmas (today is such the case). These days, I don't participate because I dread the very thought of the crowds and long lines. I simply do not enjoy chaotic shopping nor trying to navigate stores where things are literally all over the place (although, per an earlier post about finding miniature Vespas for the gang, I HAVE benefited from tripping over things in store aisles). However, I must admit that I have discovered the joys of online shopping!
Image from: www.ecu.edu/financial_serv/
Doll boards sales, DoA Marketplace, eBay, online shopping carts, Paypal, Internet SSL Security-- these are the new shopping buzzwords that gets me excited about spending money, probably in the same way that Day After Christmas Sale and Doors Open at 5a.m. affects others. In fact, I humbly confess that I spend hours on eBay every week just searching for the perfect miniature this and that for the Monnaemi Sisters' (and now Ms Ava Moon's) tiny worlds. And I get distracted. A lot, lol!
So anyway, no matter how you prefer to shop-- online or in person-- here's to successful bargain hunting and getting that special something that you've always wanted but needed a sale to afford. Go get 'em!