No idea what that title is about … it just wandered out of my brain.
My Dad sent me some money (love you Pa) to buy myself a few things for Xmas.
(and to all those readers saying ‘Liz … why did you unwrap you present before Xmas?’ … because it looked like a card … and I’m sticking to that reason!)
My first thought was … great I’ll wait until I go to Dublin and buy some Jo Malone perfume … the only smells I wear … and worth waiting for.
Then I had a second thought … Ballinamore shops are feeling the recession with less customers and piles of people driving to Eniskillen (a town in the North … for my international readers … loved writing that!) to buy their Xmas presents.
So … I decided to spend my Xmas money in Ballinamore.
Before anyone thinks I’m just a goody goody and way too PC … think again.
By shopping in Ballinamore I:
- saved money on petrol (if I had a car).
- didn’t get caught in major traffic jams trying to get into Eniskillen (last weekend I hear that they had traffic people turning cars back because of the jams and parking hassles).
- didn’t have a panic attack with the crowds in the shops and streets … it can get ugly out there folks.
- just walked down my street and had a lovely wander through Dee’s shop, Smyths and Reynolds.
- had a choice of some very lovely products at darn good prices.
- got to have some great chats with the staff as we all know each other.
- stress free … hassle free … lovely.
Dad sent me the money in the form of Visa credit cards that just debit the money as you spend it.
I went to use it in Reynolds and it was declined.
I offered to pay cash or just put all the lovely things back… boo hoo.
Patricia wouldn’t hear of it and told me they would deliver the goods and we’d find a way to make the cards work … no problem … (photos to follow when the free delivery man arrives).
I bought 3 of the candles because they are big and gorgeous … and … they have smells that are like my Jo Malone Faves … Wild Fig & Cassis … Sweet Pink Grapefruit … Lime, Basil & Mandarin.
All these lovely things cost around 95 euro and thanks again to my great Dad and stepmum Liz … you’ve helped make my cottage even more beautiful … and there are some happy Ballinamore shopkeepers.
Beautiful things in a no hassle town … beat that.
I sorted the cards … it had to do with exchange rates.
I popped in to Dee’s and bought my Xmas tree (twigs with lights), a lovely wee kerosene lamp and a funny tin poster for the bathroom.
(My Day … how beautiful it is to do nothing … and then rest afterwards)
Folks … I know that times are financially challenging and it appears easier to drive to the North for cheaper products … and I don’t begrudge those towns their right to attract money.
All I’m saying is to stop for a second and think about spending some of your hard earned money in Ballinamore … buy some of your Xmas gifts and treats here in town … keep the smiles on the faces of our shopkeepers.
I don’t do gloom and doom (enough people are doing it … and that’s depressing) … all I’m saying is that if we don’t support our shops with at least some of our money … then … they might not be here in a few years and we’ll be saying ‘remember when?’.
Many people feel powerless over the big stuff that’s happening in our world economies.
Here’s where you can be really powerful … you can choose where you put your euros … and be part of helping our town thrive.
Me? I’m going to try and spend 95% of my euros in Ballinamore.
Oh yeh ... about the reindeer … she was laid off until the economy improves … but she’s decided that this is a great time to explore new life options after hundreds of years pulling a sleigh through sleet and snow …silver lining stuff at play.