OK ... so, I spent three hours this evening to get the grand re-opening deal at The Limited in Tysons Corner. What was a deal that is so enticing to make you waste that much time at The Limited you might wonder? Only that you could get 50% off an outfit of your choice. Yes, it was ridiculous, and I thought just how ridiculous it was every minute waiting in the line ...er, correction, lines.
Yeah, when I got to the store, there was a line to wait in that extended out of the store and down the hallway of the mall past three other stores. That one took about 50 minutes to get through and into the store (luckily I had three people to talk to on the phone during this ... even though I usually don't even like talking on the phone). At that point, the store was crammed with people, stuff strewn about everywhere and no place to move. Incredibly annoying. Especially since I don't like to work that hard to shop for anything.
The only reason I stayed in the line, or considered putting myself through the event in the first place, was that I knew that I was going to buy a pair of jeans there at some point ... I just hadn't gotten around to it yet, and with this deal I could get the pants and a shirt for basically the same price I was going to pay for just the pants. Yes, I put myself through hell to get a good bargain on something.
So, I finally struggled through to find the jeans, found a sweater and got in the line to pay. This line was endured for an hour and 20 minutes. Wow ... as I type this, I'm thinking it was even MORE ridiculous. I was growing more angry to stand in that line when it wouldn't move AT ALL for 10 minutes at a time, but when you have taken the time to drive in traffic out of D.C. to Tysons, waited in the line to get into the store, etc., etc. ... I mean, there's a certain point where you've expended so much time on something, you CAN'T back down and leave with nothing, right? And they were walking around with tasty hors d'oeuvres, so that was a small bonus.
But in the end, I was able to get a pair of jeans, a sweater and some new earrings for essentially the same cost as what the jeans would have been by themselves, so I guess that made up for it? Ugh ... I don't know at this point. Oh, and they did "throw in" a free necklace and brown canvas Limited bag that I'm sure I'll never use. Great. What I do know is that I better LOVE this pair of jeans more than any other pair of jeans I have ever owned. That is FOR SURE.
P.S. - The first most ridiculous line waiting experience (for anyone who has suffered through this longer than it should be blog) was when I stood in line for 2.5 hours in a church parking lot at 7 a.m. on a Saturday for a flu shot a couple of years ago. Yes, this time at least I have something I can enjoy.