Target is where you stop in for shampoo and tights and end up spending over $100. I now know the secret to staying roughly under $50 ($51.99 in this instance) is having to walk your purchases 1.4 miles home instead of stuffing them into a trunk and back seat. I’m too cheap for cabs and I’m even too cheap to spend the newly raised $2.75 fare to go one subway stop, which is pretty useless at only saving me eight blocks.
This modest haul resulted in nine plastic bags, one big bag, four regular-sized double-bagged. Frankly, I found the charging for bags think annoying while in the Bay Area, especially since I was on vacation and not toting an eco-friendly shopping bag inside my luggage. I seriously can’t imagine the proposed NYC ban flying in many parts of the city. New Yorkers love and expect a shit load of bags. I don’t see it as much as I used to, but when I first moved here I was amazed that buying a seltzer (or soda) would involve napkins, a straw, and a bag.
The irony is that I was only going to Target to return a $15 sports bra that I bought to bump up my order to meet the free shipping minimum. They sent me the wrong size. I still haven’t received the sheets that were the other part of this order. (Ugh, and I can see that UPS shifted this package to USPS and that supposedly there was a delivery attempt Sat and a note left, which is not true. This is the second not-received package in the past month, leading me to believe the Jackson Heights post office is the worst, when previously I thought Carroll Gardens was the worst and then Sunset Park before that. Williamsburg was actually the best but that may have had something to do with being the only neighborhood I’ve lived in where the apartment building had a staff member–not a doorman–dealing with packages, receiving and returns.) Maybe that’s not irony. It’s something.
I don’t appreciate that there isn’t a public restroom once you leave the Target and enter the sorry wasted-space “mall,” Queens Place. (The ensuing situation does lend itself to walking faster, though.) And yet, this Target still manages to be 100x better than Brooklyn’s offering at the Atlantic Center.