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Stranger in a Strange Land

February 21st, 2019 at 12:24 am

Long time … No write …

With all due respect to Robert Heinlein (from where this title came from) I felt like a stranger in a strange land during my visit last week to nearby shopping mall.

Ruminations follow

Last week I ended up going to a local shopping mall. How often do I go to any shopping mall. Maybe once or twice a year any more. Now I am not one of those that shops online or on TV, I'm lucky if I spend a few hundred a year any more, but I just have no need to go to the mall.

Now why did I go there? Well I had a ticket for a free movie at the attached theaters, and I had over an hour to burn, so walking I went. And as I looked around it seemed like 50% of the stores were clothes (mostly women's), 20% shoes, 10% department stores, and the rest some type of specialty store or personal service (massage anyone?). And everyone looked so excited to be there (little kids that wanted nothing to do with it being the exception). But for me it was just boring. There was just nothing I wanted and the stores mostly looked alike. At least the Disney Store was interesting, but only for maybe 10 minutes of browsing.

I dunno, have I just gotten to the age shopping has no appeal? Is it I have everything I want, and by not watching TV (and not even getting magazines now) I don't get mesmerized into wanting more and more? Is this just the new "thing" and it will pass?

I admit I feel happier this way, but walking in those crowds I just feel like I can't even understand what I am seeing any more. I guess I'll just stay in my bubble for now....

8 Responses to “Stranger in a Strange Land”

  1. disneysteve Says:

    I am exactly the same way. Years ago, I used to love going to the mall. As a teen, my friends and I would often hang out there. In college, anytime I needed a break from studying or wanted to escape campus, I'd head to the mall. Even after I got married, we'd still hit the mall pretty regularly. Not necessarily to buy anything but just to wander and browse, maybe have lunch, and get a little exercise walking around.

    Today? I'm just like you. I might enter a mall 2-3 times a year. For me it is party what you said about having everything I want. It's partly that when there is something I want, I'd rather order it on Amazon and have it delivered a day or two later and it's also cheaper that way. And it's also that at least around here, malls have gotten more and more upscale. They don't have many of the types of stores that I would shop in if I was looking to buy something. If I need a new t-shirt, for example, I'm going to Target or Walmart where I'll spend $5-7, not Hollister or some other designer store where a basic t-shirt might be $20-30.

    I also generally eat healthier than I used to so the mall food court no longer holds great appeal as a place for lunch or dinner.

    I do tend to notice that the mall crowd is usually teens to 20-somethings predominantly, so I realize at 54, I'm no longer the target demographic for the merchandise and marketing. Fine with me.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I loathe the mall. Mostly because it just reeks from things like Bath and Body Works and Abercrombie and Fitch. The only place that doesn't smell like some kind of perfume is the food court and most of the places there aren't even worth eating at. They were far better back in the 90's, but I was never a mall kid. Just didn't like the experience.

  3. Laura Shea Says:

    I live right next door to a mall. I can count on one hand how many times I have been there.I know two of those visits were for an attached restaurant.

  4. Petunia 100 Says:

    Nice to see a post from you, Single Guy! Hope all is going well.

    I used to love the mall when I was young, I went every chance I got. Looking back, it was the freedom I loved.

  5. crazyliblady Says:

    I also rarely go to the mall that is in my area. There is a movie theater, JCPenney, a bath/body store, etc., but I am just not interested until I actually need something. It is a small mall in that you could walk from one end to the other in a couple of minutes. lol I go there maybe a couple of times of year to buy something small (less than $20).

  6. Dido Says:

    I've never been a mall person. I AM, however, a bookstore person. Even in the day and age of Amazon and even when I buy most of my books on my kindle, I still love a good bookstore browse at least once a quarter. And these days, the mall is the only place to go for that. We do have a nice outdoors mall that has a Barnes & Noble and also an LL Beans store, and my favorite Korean restaurant is half a mile away, so periodically I'll have lunch and hit the bookstore and perhaps check out the sales section at LLB.

    I'll also go to the mall to buy outfits for work at Macy's or Chico's periodically--but at this point, it's been a couple of years since I went shopping for clothing in person and I'm tempted to try Stitch Fix this spring to spruce my wardrobe up a bit.

  7. disneysteve Says:

    Do outlet malls count? I don't buy clothing often but about once a year we'll go to the local outlet mall and I'll freshen up my wardrobe with a few pairs of pants and a few new shirts. 99% of my stuff comes from the Van Heusen outlet.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    It's not the mall per se that I dislike, but it is the fact that I no longer enjoy going to the mall to browse. If I go to our mall, it is usually with something in mind. A couple of weeks ago it was Kohls to buy planned items on sale with coupons and a gift certificate. As for shopping for the sheer pleasure, trying being a 58 short overweight woman. Clothes shopping is not a pleasure. It either doesn't fit or is so ugly, I wouldn't even try it on.

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