Do you ever sometimes think “I wonder what I’m getting myself into?”
Welcome to my world.
It started in January of this year.
My cousin, Linda, and I decided to take a day trip to Tanger Outlet in Mebane. She had been several times and knew the lay of the land.
Me, not so much.
I’d seen the exit sign many times during my travels past the Burlington area, but I never took the time to stop and do any “window shopping.”
This day was different.
Our morning started at the outlet.
Linda shopped for any post-holiday deal she could find.
I just browsed and really didn’t see anything that tripped my trigger, much less coerced me to pull out my credit card.
Once that little jaunt was complete, we began searching for Hallmark stores.
In hindsight, I wish I had never gone.
Armed with coupons and her Crown Rewards card, Linda made a beeline directly toward the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments section. Everything was 75% off.
Mind you, I’m not an ornament person.
In fact, 2019 was the first time I had attempted to celebrate Christmas since both my parents passed in 2018. But instead of having a Scrooge mentality on this sun-splashed winter day, I went with the flow.
And yeah, you guessed it, pulled out the credit card.
I began to find ornaments that reminded me of childhood days and my small shopping basket soon overflowed with boxes of all shapes and sizes.
I couldn’t begin to tell you what I bought that day. The total purchase was less than $60 for a haul that would have easily cost over $500 before the sale began.
Needless to say, I had caught the “fever.”
Linda talked me into joining the Hallmark Club during the summer and I signed up for Crown Rewards, too. I felt like a kid set loose in a candy store when I thumbed through her 2020 Wishbook.
Fast forward to now.
We’re into November and I’ve got two Christmas trees loaded with ornaments I either purchased at regular or sale price from different Hallmark stores. I’ve also bought ornaments off of Amazon, eBay, the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments website and a Facebook page that just might become my downfall.
What an expensive habit — uh — addiction.
And Linda, not shockingly, has already planned a trip to Tanger Outlet in January.
I wonder what we’ll find?
I better remove that credit card from my wallet, too.
Rudy Coggins is assistant editor of the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.