I went to Kohl’s on Black Friday. It has become a tradition for me. Sometimes I’m alone. Other times one of the kids might accompany me. This year I was joined by Kris, Andrew, CJ and Buzz Lightyear. I don’t recommend taking a 5 year old or a Space Ranger to a store on one of the busiest shopping days of the year but we had no choice. Okay, so maybe we did have a choice and we could have stayed home.
As we shopped, CJ saw lots of toys that he just HAD to have. I advised him to put them on his list. As he bounced Buzz off shelves and displays and admired a large fire engine (a strong possibility as a Christmas gift), then a disc shooter (no way), he said, “I wish I had a little purse.”
“Why would you like a little purse?” I asked. A salesperson who was straightening shelves nearby paused to listen.
CJ looked down at Buzz, who was dangling from the end of his arm. I’m sure that to a 5 year old he felt much heavier than he had 20 minutes ago. “To carry around my little toys when I come to the store.”
“Yes, that would be nice, wouldn’t it?” I replied. The salesperson smiled and moved on.
Then we passed a display of Elsa and Anna (from Disney’s Frozen) dresses for little girls. CJ held out an ice blue Elsa dress and asked, “Would you like this dress?”
“For me?” I asked. CJ nodded earnestly. “Well, it’s not quite my size and I think I’m more of an Anna type of girl.” He looked over at the Anna dresses and back at the “beautiful to his eyes” Elsa dress. He really does love Elsa!
“Are you sure?” he asked.
“You know that Anna is my favorite,” I reminded him.
He nodded slowly and Buzz flew threw the air, scoping out the scene, looking for the next cool thing. It turned out to be a penguin ornament that had a spring for a body. Since it was on sale for $3 plus and additional 20% off it was practically a steal so I told him we would get it.
Overall it was a successful shopping expedition. We spent $225, saved $385 and earned $60 in Kohl’s cash. And CJ carried Buzz the entire time. Something tells me he might rethink bringing a toy along next time. Unless he gets that little purse, of course.