Friends, this past week is when many shoppers have been trying to return all the unwanted gifts they have received for the holidays. This can work to your advantage. There have been times when I have hesitated to purchase an item. By the time I decided to go back and get it it was gone. This is especially true during the holiday season. Here is a a tip for you : many times the item you are looking for will be returned by someone and put back into the inventory. I have had this happen many times in the past. You need to be diligent and haunt the store on a regular basis but it is worth it. Now stopping in to the store and checking for yourself is obviously the best route to go. If you don't have time phone the store and have them check the inventory for you. Stores such as Kohl's and Macy's can check the inventory of not only their store but the inventory of their other stores as well. This only works if you have the sku codes and exact product information for them to enter in to the computer register. They have successfully located items for me in the past. It is worth a try and you will probably end up with a great deal to share with me as well. For now happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady