Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hybrid shopping

Shopping has never been something I enjoy, and shopping for clothing is the worst. But Jonathan's shoes have been pinching him, and I've simply worn out most of my pants. Something had to be done.

I noticed two fabulous coupons for JCPenney in the weekend paper. Hmm! So last night, after the kids were in bed, I spent about 30 minutes online looking through their site for options. The beautiful thing about online shopping is the opportunity to sort by size, color, style, price, etc. I found four pairs of pants that looked like they had potential, and two pairs of shoes that looked perfect for Jonathan. But pants and shoes really are the sorts of things that should be tried on before buying them! So I put everything in my cart and then printed it.

This morning I headed off with my printout (and all three boys) to Penneys. Just over an hour later, we walked out with three pairs of pants and a pair of shoes. Did I mention that I had all three kids with me? And no one had a meltdown? Not even me?

I love the fact that the "browsing" stage was vastly simplified online. I hate wandering through aisles and aisles of clothing and never finding quite what I want. Online browsing took that entirely out of the equation. All that was left for the store was finding the right section, trying on four pairs of pants, and buying the three that fit. Jonathan's shoes were even smoother: we walked in, asked for the size and color, put them on his feet, paid and walked out.

Seriously, people, Hybrid Shopping. I don't know why I never thought to do it this way before! :)


Amber said...

What a great idea. I am a little surprised that they had the same stuff online as in the store - but I suppose it would make sense! Somehow I am not so confident that this would work with the tiny Penny's up here though...

I wish clothes wouldn't wear out. I so dislike shopping!!

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Yeah, it might not work so well with a small Penneys...but then again, it might. Considering how little time I spent online, you might try it just to see. Grab a few extra ideas you think might work, and plan for them to not have everything?

Jeannine said...

Yes, this is the best idea. I love your name for it.I did this at Kohl's just yesterday... although I came home empty-handed, I was relieved that I didn't have a package coming in the mail filled with a sweater that wouldn't fit!