I generally avoid shopping malls between the middle of November and about a week after New Years. Having worked retail for the better part of a year, I know that the holiday rush ends with returns about a week after New Years.
Yes, I worked retail, the year we moved to Kentucky I needed to fill time until Law School started 14 months later. I wanted something mindless, that would keep me busy and where I could buy health insurance through my employer. McAplins, part of Mercantile Stores, now a part of Macy's offered me a job, and I sold ladies shoes for 9 months. I am glad I did it, glad I didn't make a career of it (the company was looking for management candidates.) I even picked up a scholarship of a $2,000 from the store for my first year of law school. It was mindless and physically challenging work. I learned that you never shop at holiday time, and never pay retail, everything goes on sale sooner or later.
Last weekend I broke my rule of not going to the mall at holiday time. I was running low on shower gel, one of the few things I go to the mall for. I was underwhelmed by the decorations, and no seasonal music was playing. I remember shopping malls of my childhood being over decorated and blaring Jingle Bells until your brain turned to mush.
I had a nice walk about, looked at more overpriced watches, and stood in line for 20 minutes to pay for a two month supply of my favorite shower gel. I will be clean and smell better for a couple of months.
Do you go to the mall at Christmas time?