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Forum topic by BlankMan posted 12-20-2009 09:33 AM 983 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlankMan

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12-20-2009 09:33 AM

I usually do my Christmas shopping on the 24th, then wrap the gifts and head out to the family festivities. Well. I don’t really do Christmas shopping, I do Christmas buying. I know what I’m getting everyone beforehand, I know where I’m getting it from, and can usually knock it out in 2-3 hours.

So this year I start early. Today. I go do my Christmas buying and have the back of the truck loaded so I decide to drop the stuff off at home so as not to get stolen then head out again for round two. So I stop home, grab one load out of the truck, arms full, unlock the door leaving the keys hanging in the lock, push open the door, walk in, my big butt bumps the keys, knocks them out of the lock, or so I thought, to the floor. No problem.

Wrong. Knowing that key was a little bent at one time I figure I better check it before walking out, keys in hand, door locked behind me. Good thing, broken key. I look in the lock, it’s broken off flush. Yeah I probably would have been able to open that lock with the broken key in it, but not the other one that needs the same key. Grab a tweezers, can’t get it out. Grab an ice pick, thinking in the back of my head, oh great, now my lock will look like its been jimmied. But I got it out.

Toy run. All the toys on my list that Toys R Us were supposed to carry, they didn’t. They weren’t out, they didn’t carry them. And the store was a dump. No joy at Target either. That’s enough, hate Christmas shopping. Like Christmas buying. Off to Taco Bell then home to regroup.

Shoulda waited till the 24th ;)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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#1 posted 12-20-2009 09:48 AM

Glad yoiu didn’t get locked out!!

Toys R Us went under a big reorganization a few years ago, closed a lot of stores, ect. Don’t remember all the details, but happened back when I studied the market and watched stocks very closely for a few yrs. Most major retailers don’t want to get caught with inventory on hand anymore. This is just fallout of the end of middle class buying power. If there is anything special on your list, better change to Thanksgiving eve:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-20-2009 10:10 AM

LOL Thanksgiving eve.

That makes sense because stuff I saw there last year that is still popular they didn’t have on the shelf and whole genre’s of stuff were gone. And I can see how a store like that can get caught with inventory quicker then others when the fad dies.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 12-20-2009 01:41 PM

glad you were able to fix the key problem!
My best Christmas shopping trip was many, many years ago. I walked into the Canadian Tire store, walked the aisles, dropping items into my cart. Two hours later I had everyone’s gift. (And it was early shopping (as in the time of day and the season) so there weren’t many customers to contend with when trying to move around the store and reach for items.

So what’s your plan for next year??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 12-20-2009 05:21 PM

Debbie, thanks, LOL I’m not even done with this year yet. One step at a time…. :)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 12-20-2009 05:32 PM

ROTFLMAO….................. Way to go Debbie. Give the man a chance to finish this years shopping.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 12-20-2009 07:22 PM

I might get away without christmas buying this year. Only a couple of “parts” purchased from goodwill, the rest are all made in my shop. First time for that. I hate going shopping with all the crowds.

Glad you didn’t get locked out. Good luck on the 24th.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 07:24 PM

My family is trying a new approach this year. We’re getting presents for my brother’s kids, and that’s it. My brother’s broke, and nobody else can think of anything they want/need. Simple!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 07:44 PM

Yeah, now that I have a lathe (haven’t used it yet) maybe everybody’s going to get pens and bowls next year… Made raised panels doors for my sister one year for the kitchen, she wanted those, be nice if I could come up with stuff like thar for everyone.

I keep thinking that maybe someday our family will do that, say enough, but not likely I don’t think.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 05:15 AM

Success! The two other Toy’s R Us stores which are bigger had the two items I was looking for, course neither had both, but after a 60+ mile circuit I got ‘em!

One gift to go and 4 days left, this is going to be a new record for me. :)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 06:45 AM

Done! Now they just need to be wrapped. Any volunteers?

Maybe now’s the time to start planning for next year. If I could only convince people to give me next years lists…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 06:59 AM

Curt: When I give a gift, I always wrap them up in newspaper, and don’t fool with the Christmas wrapping. Hey—it’s all going in the garbage anyway after being tore up and destroyed, so who gives a crap. I don’t…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 07:04 AM

I don’t either but I would be shot. I thought of paper bags and plastic ones too. But I doubt that would fly. Just put a bow on the bags from the store. :)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#13 posted 12-22-2009 07:20 AM

Newspaper?? LOML would give you the Grinch Award!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 12-22-2009 01:04 PM

I think I topped you on that one this year… Rick had tossed all the newspapers and all i had left were some cereal boxes etc …. even easier than newspaper!!! Just stuff in the present, close the lid and add some tape to keep it shut. Perfect!! I’m collecting boxes for next year :D

Mrs. Grinch.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#15 posted 12-23-2009 07:17 AM

You’re my kind of woman, MsDebbieP :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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