Ladies Camera Club

19 Jun 2009

Real, live shopping

Once in a blue moon I go real live shopping.
I don't have to go through the monotony of scrolling through various pages to get a product I want and click and enter debit card details and then wait between 2 and 30 days to get what I want.
But no ... today was exciting. I got to touch real things in the shops and saw it in 3d!

Marko took me out for lunch today but it did couple with a few of errands we had to run and Wigan town had all those place to accomplish them. Wigan town has some veeeeeeeeeeery old building and has a mix of tres modern to farty old style shops; which pretty much caters for everyone.

I like this view of the town.I like it because it means I am sat in Subway.
WE LOVE SUBWAY and its not often we go. And when we do I always have the 6 inch honey oat (toasted) with cheese and steak, olives, peppers and onions and no sauce. Buy me one of those babies and Im as happy as pig in muck.
This was my lunch date - isnt he, erm............pulling a curious face?!After that we zig zagged across the shops until we hit the new mall. I thought Id take pictures of the inside of arcade which is built on the site of the very famous Wigan Casino (or what was!!). These pictures depict the crazy phenomena that was "Norther Soul". My bezzie, Dyan, is the biggest Northern soul enthusiast in the world and the pictures are more for her benefit. If ever you have taken a class with her, she is usually playing classics like this

and this

and this

So Dy - enjoy these pics! (im exhausted looking all that freaky dancing!)

This is Wigans super duper shopping arcade/mallWe spied this "eco bench" made from cardboard boxes in shaped, flat pieces and bound together with binding bands. These were the brainchild of local schools for shoppers to rest their weary feetAnd here are the Northern Soul bits and pieces in the Mall. Wigan casino was so famous for it but unfortch it got torn down some years ago. But I love that the Mall payy tribute to its memory.
Whilst in the heavens of the mall, Mark and I payed a visit to T K Maxx. Im sure there are similar shops in the US whereby you flick through rail after rail of end-of-line or out-of-season designer labels at a bargain price. So he goes upstairs looking for Craghoppers (don't ask, I fell asleep at the letter C) and i went to go and find some floaty skirts. I am a massive fab of wearing long skirts; always have been. So I went to the rail where it caters for girls with larger botties. Could I find my, no! The skirts stopped being marked at size 12 (size 8 in the US, I guess) and I like elasticated 14's (10's). But no - NO! If you want to get a skirt in a 14 you have to go to the larger ladies section. FOR A 14? Get real! So under the cover of a shawl I picked up off the floor, i went to scour the skirts on the larger ladies section. I mean, Im curvy but sheesh. And the proof of the pud in this tale is that there were barely any skirts in that section because obviously people are buying them all and yet there are tonnes of size friggin 4/6/8/10/12! (size 0/2/4/6/8). This goes to show that curves are in...CLEARLY and boy am I going to crusade for that!

I ended up buying a bargain pink and white spotty picture frame by Bombay Duck for £3! I also bought a top from Marks and Sparks for my forthcoming QVC slot and the essential lippy, shadow and mazzy from Boots. I almost forgot how to really shop but once it started, I nearly didn't stop until marks hand guided me back to the car. I also wanted to buy these books from Wtaerstones. The thing is, whenever i buy books from Waterstones, I come home and find the books are half the price on Amazon. So I made a note of the prices of the following books in store and purposely didn't buy them. then I came home to discover that Id saved a fortune. So these are coming home to me!

This book is £15 in the shop and £10 on AmazonThis is £17 inthe shop and £10 on Amazon
This book is £28.99 in the shops and £23 on Amazon
This book below is hard to see but its a book of contemprary illustration. It is totaly eye candy and I need to for me to exist! Its £40 in the shops but £30 on Amazone. Hopef I can get the lot in the same shop and pay peanut shipping!

Er....What else?
Aha! I took some pics of a projay that I made for our lounge a few months back for a magazine project. I thought I'd share them to fill a space! I had three handsome prima bottles to prettify and this is what i came up with. To keep the photos from curling back, i filled them with polished pebbles. The make a corner look very pretty indeed.

Tonight I went to a sock monster class which is run by two brilliant teachers, Carol and Danielle, who lead a class campaign on revamping your rubbish (there classes are called Rubbish Revamped) .....ingenious. Each student took along some of their old socks plus bits for decorating and we were shown how to make cute little cuddlies from them. The entire evening was so much fun meeting people from all walks of life, sewing and socialising whilst scoffing yummo cake. My sock in surgery having a dissection of its body and split into legs!Ellie is going to be chuffed to death when she see's this. Of course she will be happy to see her Momma with a flower in her hair but I think she will love the sockster monster the bestest!but mine is not as good as the sock monster that Darcy made for her a few weeks back (Im not sure if I took pics of that....... will get back to you on that score). However, I do love it and we shall call it Tilly Tallulah (in honour of the name of our lady dachshund that Belle and I want and are working on mark to "get") but it needs some lips so Im working on those when I finish up on this blog.

Here are all our efforts - aren't they FABULOUS? I totally recommend the course which is held in Chorlton, Manchester!

Thank you once again for so many emails and comments of support regarding my lil outburst yesterday. Ive had a good cry and have framed myself into a better state of mind. These things are designed to shock us and Im pretty confused about how to deal with it. My sister invited me to go and spend a few days with her next week so I shall go and recharge my batteries at her cosy abode (this will inevitably involve a night out on the champagne because that's all she drinks and am I going to argue about that?). I haven't had a drink since February so Im only going to need to sniff it before I'm squiffy.

Ok dudes, sleep man, SLEEP


Suzanne said...

In the US it is called TJ Maxx :-)It is the exact same store just a letter changed in the name.

Deanne said...

omg i so want to go on that course lol sock monstersssssssssssss woo hoo x

freddie foo foo said...

I'm sorry your post is incorrect as I am the biggest Northern Fan in the world, missy!LOL! x

Danielle said...

Kirsty, we really enjoyed your lovely company - thank you so much for joining us at Rubbish Revamped yesterday. Couldn't believe the amazing array of sock creatures that emanated from the group in a two hour session. Many thanks for the fairy cakes, not a crumb of which survived...
Really hope you can join us again, as a craftster or a teacher...

Dylan said...

OMG, OMG, methinkis you are a secret soulie yourself now. Maybe I have finally turned you with my ways, yip yoooooo..!!!!!!Next time I see you, you will have "Keep the faith" tattooed across your arse, pmsl.....Thanks for listening earlier and vice versa...Do you fancy a weekend in New York with me and the girlies after Xmas..??? But I,m insisting you wear pyjamas I am only 73% lesbian pornstar these days..!!!! xxxxxx And sorry Freddie Foo Foo but you wrong

Kerry said...

Size 14 in the eerrmm bigger section. That is outrageous. Needless to say I would be unable to find one for my size 18 bootie.

Loving the sock monkey.

bettyann said...

Love the sock monsters..the lil kids over here just love them..must make one for my nieces..come on the average size of women is 16..when will the fashion industry get a clue!!

Anonymous said...

"Keep on running,la la la la la la laa" Love that one

Need to swap shopping areas Kirsty, only ever larger sizes down here (not that 14 is large) in Sussex. Can never find decent stuff in smaller when I go looking. Think I need to move North!

Luv Dee P

Jen said...

Loving the sock monsters :) Oh the Photo Book - I got Claire the BIG one for Christmas one year, and she got a teeny pocket sized on for her dad for Christmas last year LOL. It's quite famous. Oh yes and TK Maxx's head office is here in Watford - don't know why they bothered to change the initials from the US; that's just weird!

Gez said...

I agree size 14 ain't large at all! Ooh your books look interesting. Enjoy.x

Love your sock monster tis fabby.

Have a great week. Gez.xx

Tip Top said...

I still own record cases just like that one. Minus the groovy stickers. Peppa Pig and Ben 10 are more the in thing in my house.....

Sandy J said...

Are you really a size 14? I can't beleive it!

Anyhoo, you love shopping in real shops, we love shopping in real shops but real shops, who pay rent and rates and keep town centres alive, are going out of business by web shops undercutting them... like Amazon undercutting Waterstones.

Seems a shame to promote the virtues of shopping with a comment that its better to save money and shop online.

Kirsty Wiseman said...

The reason to extoll the virtues of real shopping is to go out and physically see what out there but i will always shop online because at the end of the day, we all need to save a penny or two.
I did, however, support Waterstones and buy some gift wrap. So all was not lost.

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