One Stop Shopping

One Stop Shopping


When I was a kid, Christmas shopping meant going into town and going from one department store to the next. None of them were next to each other, so you had to have a strategy. Start at the one closest to the bus stop and then move on to the next.

We used to go with my mother on the bus. It started off as an exciting adventure, the chance to see all of the lights and holiday decorations. The night would soon turn into an evening of hell, going from store to store looking for the best bargains.

The stores seemed like they were miles apart and we covered a lot of ground. At the end of the night we would be walking for what seemed like hours, carrying bags of clothes we had been forced to try on. The worst part is,

“What kid wanted clothes for Christmas?”

Christmas lights didn’t seem to sparkle as brightly on the way back to the bus.

Corporate America decided people were too lazy to shop this way and started building malls. All of the stores were located under one roof so you didn’t have to brave the cold and snow. Of course some of the stores were located across the mall from each other, so you might have to walk three minutes to get there.

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