As August and summer draw to a close, Halloween fast approaches. Stores are slowly, ever so slowly, displaying their Halloween merchandise. I previously mentioned my endeavors this year in locating spooky merchandise, so I guess this is the second in the series. Perhaps there will be more? They better not all be Michaels entries!
Onto this shopping experience, which is actually two. The first took place on Friday. I was invited to a birthday party. There was a gap between the end of my work day and the party, so I killed some time at JoAnn's (gotta buy fabric for my Halloween costume, of course!). It wasn't my local one, and was quite a bit smaller, so I didn't really know what to expect. Harvest/Thanksgiving decorations were displayed front and center, just as my local one the last time I was there. As I walked past the first aisle, the next was nearly empty. There were a few items at the end of the aisle, so a glimmer of hope blossomed in my dark little heart. I went over to inspect - a few Halloween decorations (nothing to my taste), and loads of candy! I grabbed some gum drops (I had been craving them all day, so I took it as a sign of fate), but nothing else. That they had anything out pleased me greatly. Sadly, their fabric selection was small and I only got one of three fabrics I need for my costume. I guess I will need to hit up my local one after all. I'll just give them a few days to put out their decorations. :)
The rest of my stops took place today. The hubby casually mentioned that a Spirit store was opening by Michaels. I figured it wouldn't hurt to stop in. I almost never buy anything in these places. It's usually of extremely poor quality, but I occasionally will buy decorative items or be inspired by their displays. Mostly, they just convince me than ever that I'm better off making my own costumes. Anyway, this one doesn't open until September, so I will save my judgment until then. However, I did notice on the way there that my local Hancock is closing. I guess the poor service I've always gotten there (except last the last time) finally did them in.