Too many choices

30 Sep

Arequipa now has several shopping centers, with the equivalents of JC Penney (Saga Falabella, Oechsle), Bed Bath & Beyond (Casa & Ideas), and Wal-Mart (Plaza Vea). Yesterday was “Día del Shopping” during which many of the nearby stores were running 25-50% off sales so it was a great time to buy all our big ticket items, on which we saved hundreds of dollars. Two different store clerks were kind enough to tell us Fri night that the items we wanted were going on sale the next day. However, even with advance planning, we couldn’t get to all the deals on many smaller items in time to get the max savings. There were two main problems:

1. We literally couldn’t wait for many items. Bedding is essential. Towels are pretty important. We’re not cooking much until we get a stove, but a few glasses and a butter knife are awfully helpful. If a deal couldn’t be found, we had to buy something! The tough part was, despite many stores and choices, there were very few genuinely good values. There’s expensive stuff and there’s junk, but not much in the middle. We haven’t found the Target of Peru yet. As it was, Vicki and I did without a blanket (it was cold this AM) and we all shared a beach towel that Anna brought this morning because by the time we got to all 4 stores to find the best deal on towels last night, there was no time (or energy) left to buy them. And of course, the stores were mobbed yesterday because of the sales. The timeliness problem will diminish as we get established.

2. The second problem was that shopping without a car is tedious. You have to carry everything from store to store, so there’s only so much you can accumulate before you make a run home in a taxi. Ordinarily, this is a minor inconvenience, but when you’re trying to replace a household within a 12-hr sale window, it’s a problem! I made one trip home with a double mattress strapped onto a small taxi, hilarious. The taxi driver offered to help me get it up to the fourth floor and got a nice tip for his trouble.

On the plus side of not having a car, we are greatly enjoying walking together as a family.

3 Responses to “Too many choices”

  1. Dan Cilli September 30, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    I’m not sure if my message to you yesterday went through…so her I repeat myself: We bid farewell to FBC yesterday as we now move inot North Georgia. One of the first people to come up to us to say good bye was your son, Michael. HE made a point of thanking us one more time for the help we provide you as you prepared to leave. He’s a Class Act. I gave him a hig and I told him “this is from you mom and dad”. It brought a nice bright smile to his face.

    dan and Cheri

    • David Chandler September 30, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      Thanks, Dan and Cheri. Very good to hear. We wish you the best in your new home!

  2. michael CHANDLER October 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Life without a car can be nice but for shopping, not so nice. The mattress on top of taxi act, that’s a challenge! Hopefully, not too much speed, not too many turns or hills. You did well to get the big ticket items on sale. Lesser things you just have to buy full price because you need them. The family Spanish adventure is about to begin! We wish you the best.

    Love, Dad

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