I'm a planner but I had to go to one of the big box stores because I needed some supplies in a hurry. My projects are usually well thought out and everything acquired before I start. However, this project was a whim. See I'm allowing myself a little latitude with my sewing now to make it more enjoyable and less structured.
Anyway, because it was later in the day, my choices are Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby or in my world the dreaded Joanns. I avoid Wal-Mart like the plague because of the crowds. I'm still Covid shy around a lot of people especially people who are no longer required to wear a mask. Hobby Lobby comes with so many moral dilemmas that I always feel so unclean after a visit.
I decided to get over myself and try Joann's online site to see if I could get what I needed at the store closest to me. I will say that Joann's online experience is why I shop online. It was easy to do. Clear about the stock in the store (which I was concerned about) and online, and check out was a breeze even with choosing the store option. The follow up emails were on time and filled with information I needed.
So I bought the items and choose the pick up in store option. I knew I was going to need to go into the store because I wanted to "see" a few things before purchasing.
My daughter and I got there around 7pm which was perfect because the store wasn't that busy. Remember my Covid shyness. I wore a mask but there were few people wearing them...my daughter included. This store didn't look like the ones I'd seen on social media. The fabric selection was small and jammed in with the quilting and home dec fabrics in a corner of the store. More space was definitely given to crafts and furniture stuff.
Also the service was uneven. The cutting table person was so-so. We had to find her because she was talking with another sales person. But the cashier was amazing. Patient, informative on coupon codes - which ones could be used, and very pleasant. It wasn't a horrid experience but it was nothing I would rave about and/or tell others to experience...and yes, I shared that with Joann's.
When I got home and laid my purchases out, it really gave me an understanding of why I shop online.
1. My selection online is vast and limitless.
I can literally buy from anywhere in the US, Canada, worldwide actually. I just have to be okay with waiting for it.
2. I don't have to leave my home to do it.
Anytime, I feel the need I can surf the web for whatever I want. And Google is my friend...it sends me in a myriad of directions to find what I'm looking for. I just have to make time to search.
3. I don't have to deal with people.
With or without a mask, without their biases and bad day attitudes, the computer doesn't judge me, wonder if my credit card is stolen or not, or if I have enough credit to purchase my items...the computer just takes my information and processes it. Now this is not to say I'm a fan of non-human interaction or AI, but sometimes not dealing with a human is worth it especially during these endemic times.
4. I get to decide how quickly I want my purchase.
Do I want to spend extra on shipping to get it faster or not? Is this shop so far away that no matter how fast the shipping choice, I will need to wait weeks for it. Am I supporting a small business or another big box store?
The caveat to this is that I have to plan my purchases. When I'm making a garment, I either have to have the supplies on hand or make time for them to arrive. That's even true with my forays into the NYC Garment District. While I work in the district, I still make a list before heading out to buy. Even though there are a few stores no longer in business, the selection is vast, and I can spend my entire lunch hour looking at fabric, buttons or notions.
The experience at Joann's only made me long for my computer, phone, iPad even more. I will continue to shop online and wait for the UPS, FedEx, or mailman to deliver my treasures. How about you? Do you shop online or in-person? If so, why? Also, do you have a local fabric store that you can shop at to help you get everything you need for your projects? This is my Question of the Day, so talk back to me.
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...as always more later!