Please tell me I’m not the only one that suffers this? Or used to suffer?
Of course I only noticed the toy sales when I had children and was absolutely mystified by them!
Why have a toy sale in June or July? Who gets ready for Christmas that far in advance? How will I know what my kids like in 6 months’ time?
And, most of all – how dare the retailers dictate to me when I should shop for Christmas and birthdays, by having such awesome specials in July?!! See? It was Toy Sale Rage.
So initially, I refused to participate. I’d show them! They can’t tell me what to do!
And then, one year, as Christmas and my older son’s January birthday got closer, I realised that none of the things I wanted to get him, were available any more. SOLD OUT! It may have had something to do with the fact that I left my shopping to the very last minute, you know, like December! I was genuinely shocked how hard it was to find the things I knew he wanted. And we won’t even talk about the crowds… And shopping with a baby/toddler in a pram….
So, the following year, I succumbed to the toy sales. I made several trips, stocked up my walk-in-robe with presents and felt very smug. Especially, as I walked past all those people lined up at the lay-by counter. Because I could afford to pay for my shopping now!
It took me a couple of years to realise that Christmas lay-by isn’t just about the money. Of course, that was the main reason I succumbed to it last year, but then I felt such lightness as I walked out of the store, carrying …. nothing….!
Yes, I am a bit slow…, but I finally realised the real reason we have and love Christmas lay-by in Australia. Not only is our shopping done and dusted for Christmas, with a convenient payment plan, but we don’t have to hide the stuff in our homes! (My mother found this out the hard way, when one of the presents she bought last year was swiftly uncovered in her wardrobe. She had obviously underestimated the sticky-beakiness of my boys.)
Can you imagine my glee when ONLINE Christmas lay-by was introduced this year? Not only that, but being able to set it up BEFORE the official sale dates?
The Target Toy Sale catalogue was available online before the sale started. It is neatly divided into categories – boys’ toys, girls’ toys, craft, etc. and all I had to do was select the items I wanted to place on lay-by, register my details, including the store I will pick the items from and I was done! Well, except for printing off my list and taking it to the actual store to pay my deposit. But because I did it before the Sale had started, the lay-by counter was free!
Of course, I took one of my sons with me to do that, didn’t I? And suddenly there were all these other toys that he wanted, that I hadn’t even considered. And some that weren’t available online. So, it was just as well that I took him, because when the sale finally started I was able to supplement my Santa sack with more – heavily discounted – stuff.
Thankfully, the Target Toy Sale is held after the school holidays, so I was able to do my shopping without the kids. There are over 300 items on sale and many are discounted by 50%!
I just hope I’m not too late to secure that Nintendo 3DS bundle I saw in the catalogue the other day…
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