Never, and I mean never, do your Easter Bunny shopping the day before Easter.
We have had the “plague” (stolen from Mommy Bits) here so I have not been able to get out of the house to shop for Easter. Finally we are mostly on the mend, Jake went to Grandma’s and Abby went down for a nap.
So I headed out to Target (ginger ale in hand – still have an upset tummy).
When I got there I was simply thrilled that the parking lot wasn’t jammed and inside neither were the checkouts. I thought to myself “cool, I’m the only idiot doing last minute shopping, this will be easier than I thought.”
Wrong. Dead wrong.
Know why there was no one in the checkout line?
Can ya guess?
They were ALL in the 2 aisles that made up the Easter section. 2 aisles. That’s it. And they were short ones too. 400 people (ok maybe I exaggerate) crammed in there, most of them griping out loud the same thing I was thinking…where is all blinkin’-blankin’ Easter stuff?
I don’t know if they sold it all or if they never had that much to begin with but they had like a single Easter basket left in the shape of something I couldn’t identify (a cross between Wall-e and Bill Clinton I think) a Dove chocolate rabbit with a bite out of it and a bag of yellow wood Easter grass.
Reach in for a jelly bean, get a sliver. Nice.
Oh and not a jelly bean to be found. IN THE ENTIRE STORE!
They did have a few fancy wood baskets laying around that they wanted $9.99 for. Are they nuts? $10 for the thing that holds the stuff the kids really want? I could put the stuff in a plastic bag and my kids wouldn’t care – heck, they’d play with the bag (ok, that’s bad parenting…I know..) So, I headed over to the plastic container section and bought one purple and one blue plastic basket for $1.99 each. Take that – stupid $10 basket. As for the Easter grass…well, I found some green paper stuff in the gift wrapping section that will do the trick and it was only $.99 instead of the $3 they wanted for a bag of slivers.
Since my kids are too young for a lot of candy anyway, I picked up a few things that didn’t look like anyone had licked them and went over to the toy section. Man was it picked over. Nothing left…nada…zippo…and I swear that they raised the prices just for Easter. I looked at a couple of things I had just looked at 2 weeks ago and they were $5 more.
Thank goodness one of my survey redemptions came through in the mail today with a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card for me to put in Jake’s basket because except for a Hannah Montana doll on clearance (no, I didn’t buy it), I couldn’t find much for him.
So, now you know why the parking lot was empty too….everyone else left Target all mad to go shop at the Walgreens next door!
As I left my Mom called and said “you should have gone to Wal-Mart.” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “why she gotta be so right all the time?” It’s annoying. And this time it was even more annoying because she waited until after wards to tell me.