Monday, September 22, 2008

Only 92 shopping days until...

Yep, the merchants are speeding up the calendar ever further, perhaps in anticipation of a lean yearend. In any event, on my last picture shopping excursion over to the WalMart West mall, it was already Solstice Shopping Time, which is one of the six merchandising seasons of the year. (The others: Hearts, Bunny Egg, Flags, Sun, and Harvest.) I found these upscale Santas at Tuesday Morning, which featured an entire aisle of Christmas decorating goodies.

The ornaments were quite pretty, too. And pricey. Those below, $17 a pop.

But, oh, I do like these medieval holiday cats! I might treat myself.

Still more seasonal items, including a handful declared as clearance merchandise.
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JoAnn, down a few doors, was just revving up for the winter solstice; Autumn was still on display...

...while the WalMart fabric department had an excellent selection of Christmas prints. Of all the seasonal stuff I saw the other day, the yard goods makes the most sense; after all, if you plan on special holiday sewing projects, you need to work well ahead.

Even the CVS store has already allocated space for Christmas decorations: one side of an aisle. As for what ever happened to the Autumn Season (back-to-school/Halloween/Thanksgiving), I'm not quite sure. Perhaps they've mostly past in the merchandising universe.

A Gift of Links: In keeping with tonight's theme, here's a potpouri of interesting sites I've come across. First, a critter movie from Firefly Forest: bats cleaning out her humming bird feeders. More interesting critter pix from Quilted Dogs: subject, the jellyfish at the San Diego Aquarium. Perhaps you'd like to compare Arizona Then and Now ... read reviews of over 35 different Prescott restaurants ... wallow in 60s jukebox nostalgia ... or make prickly pear cobbler -- it's all yours for a simple click. Enjoy!

8 comments:

TomboCheck said...

Did I miss thanksgiving? Or how about halloween? Merchandising is ridiculous!

quilteddogs said...

Stop the madness!!!

Anonymous said...

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire....

Treat yourself, Granny J! Your home will be the perfect place for those medieval kitties.

Ah, how I can't wait for your Prescott photos of the holiday decorations on those historic homes and downtown businesses! :-)

~Anon in AV.

Granny J said...

tombo -- I think there are still some Halloween things around and about, as well as a surfeit of scarecrows, this year's symbol for the Harvest holiday.

QD -- I suspect that the banging on the drums and the ringing of the bells is going to be deafening this year!

anon av -- One of those cats can sit next to homely Eunice.

worldphotos4 said...

It gets worse evey year. Germany is just as bad.

Granny J said...

steve -- and here I thought that Europeans in general looked down their noses at America's commercial culture. Hah!

worldphotos4 said...

I suppose many do, but the retailers are getting on the bandwagon.

Granny J said...

steve -- I fear the reason is simply that it works!

 
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