I have to admit, it has been a very long time since I’ve been to a mall; to actually walk through the cooridor, and pass by windows. The few times that I did go to the mall, I went directly into the one anchor store I needed to shop, got it over with quickly, and immediately out the same door to exit the store and went directly to my car. Did I say quickly?
A couple weeks ago my friend Rustico was at a work conference; in the middle of the meeting his phone decided it was time to keel over and die. I received the desperate cry for help and a big favor request. I didn’t realize it when I agreed, not that it would have changed my mind, the favor required a trip to South Coast Mall (aka as Jerry and Shay call it, the mall of hate). Luckily I only had to go to the offshoot, much smaller area of the mall on the Crystal Court side. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed window shopping my way to the Apple Store.
I behaved like an absolute tourist at the mall, I whipped out my phone and started taking pictures. Yep! At least with a small cell phone camera I was able shop my way past the windows and snap photos on the sly. Will I change my shopping habits and choose the mall over a thrift store or estate sale? H – E – double L; no, I will not! I plan to keep shopping outside the big box, frequent my favorite boutiques, Etsy shops, and thrift stores. And Amazon, I cannot forget my love for Amazon, which in all actuality includes a large pool of small business owners.
I love that copper is still a relevant color out there in the big box world. I keep incorporating bits of the color here & there in our home, and I continue to stumble across copper cookware and trays at the thrift stores. The copper Kitchenaid mixer below is to die for! Be warned though, if you see this on a gift wish list there are several different shades available; you don’t want to mix up Antique Copper with Copper Pearl or Satin. And the Le Crueset…you can never go wrong!