this past sunday aft, mom and i took a spin up to ira needles boulevard. the retail development called “the boardwalk” boggles the mind – it’s unfortunate amazing how farmland has been transformed into big box land in the past couple years. and they’re not done yet – new buildings keep popping up like dandelions in spring!

the weather on sunday was simply spectacular; but even a sunny, perfect day is not enough to deter us from a shopping date!

we left dear dad back in he condo casa, hard at work on project chocolate:

an action shot of dad painting (is that oxymoronic??) would have been more interesting; however, i didn’t think to take a photo. oops. so you get a pic of dad’s supplies.

mom and i bypassed all of the other shopping options (like walmart!) and headed straight to marshalls:

mom! marshalls! sunshine!

for those of you unfamiliar with this store, marshalls is like winner’s: discounted fashions – and more! –  for the whole family. in the states, i gather it would be akin to tjmaxx (??).

the marshalls philosophy!

right inside the entrance, we were welcomed by ballgowns. i ooh’d and aah’d over the fabrics!


love more!

love the most!

next, was the shoe section:

not a bad price for a GUESS sandal – those charms make me smile! want!

sometimes, i just can’t leave my job behind…

i hope someone straightens up at end of day – my fingers were itching to align those boxes neatly…in style order…in descending size order…

my main beef with marshalls would be the general state of disarray of the entire store. i get that it was a busy sunday aft…but dustballs in the changeroom, for example, is not necessary, really.

sleepwear! this ensemble stole my heart:

check out the sequin bow…and the shorts are adorned with silver imprints – too fun!!!

so here’s the thing: you know how i love the hippie look. well, true confession, i genuinely enjoy certain jersey shore fashion influences. the two styles wage battle in my brain! i think i just have to build up my wardrobe with both types of clothing. on this day, the jersey shore vibe was super strong:

i need WHITE kiki-harharwoods to match my BLACK ones! we gulped upon seeing the price – $99!!! pass…

more sequins!!! love the lime!

the most tempting item of the day was this hoodie:

bcbg brand, $39.99

i tried it on three times, debated yes/no with mom…

embellishment on the back

…and finally decided to bypass making the purchase. the sleeves were just a tad short. i was GLAD for the not-ideal fit as that made my decision less sorrowful!

i left with new underwear (no photo as they are not cute like my tie-dyed ones). and one more thing…

i just could not leave the hello kitty set behind!

i only use the air con at night in the condo casa, so temps frequently hit a balmy 78-80 degrees from may-september. i am going to wear the hello kitty tank + shorts around the home over the next few months! plus, the little nieces will get a kick out of that top, no?!

all of a sudden, mom and i realized more than ninety minutes had flown by! we scooted back and picked up dad so we could all go for coffee:

it is not easy to do a three-person self-portrait! this was attempt #2!

while mom and i thoroughly enjoyed our visit to marshalls, we both agreed that we’re in no rush to get back. i still have not been to adventure guide‘s new(ish) location, just down from marshalls, and want to check that out some time…and, of course, there is always the beckoning walmart!

what’s your track record like at outlet stores/discount stores? mom and i actually are very poor bargain hunters – we lack the patience required to comb hanger-by-hanger through long racks of clothing. speaking of good deals: i have very fond memories of my day at the outlet stores during my florida vacation!

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  • Lisa  On May 10, 2012 at 11:24 am

    We have marshalls too….I like it, but the junk factor is overwhelming sometimes. I know it’s a lot of good stuff, but sometimes I just can’t handle digging through it!
    I do go to those types of places when I need things, but I try not to just browse…it leads me to buying things I don’t need!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

      oh, lisa, we lost patience so quickly, too, with trying to go through the options one by one. a four-way display rack is ok, but not all those hangers in a row! glad we’re not alone in this! and YES – the temptation to just buy because it’s a deal is very strong! hello – hello kitty, prime example! btw, did you buy more pairs of those lululemon capris?! 🙂

  • Johanna B  On May 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I’m so glad you got the hello kitty jammies. I just loved it in the first photo. We need a glamour shot in them. I don’t shop at discount stores much. Actually, I don’t shop much.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

      thanks, johanna! should grandbaby #2 prove to be a girl, i think she will NEED something hello kitty!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On May 10, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Florida is the place to go for thrift stores. So many!! We get good deals when I visit my friends in Clearwater. There’s a Marshall’s and a TJMaxx next to each other in the local mall area. Intersting things, but the prices arent’ as good as the TV ads make them sound. Maybe I just have no idea what clothes cost in other stores!! Glad you had fun with Mom!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

      i loved clearwater!!! that is great that you have friends to visit there – awesome beach! marshalls + tjmaxx side by side?? i bet it would take a couple hours just to meander thru the two stores! hope you can get to florida again soon, fran!

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