February 19, 2004

Movie reviews and Dollar Stores

For once I seem to have had a fulfilling day off--not only did I get about half of my homework done, but I went shopping for a baby shower gift for my head cashier, and then rented three movies that never made it to my theater that I've been wanting to see.

The best of the three was Identity. First off, I adore John Cusak, so I was prepared to enjoy it anyway. But it was very well done, creepy and suspenseful without being too gory. The next best was Underworld. I like vampire movies anyway, so again I was prepared to enjoy it, but it was really more of an action movie, so it was very fast-paced (maybe a little too fast paced to allow for adequate character development) and had some terrific wire work. Kate Beckinsale did a great job, and really out-Trinity-ed Carrie-Anne Moss at shooting stuff up. Again, not too gory. The third movie had the eye candy: Colin Farrell in S.W.A.T. Not bad for a remake of an old TV show--especially if you don't remember the show until you watch the featurette. A fun, mindless shoot-em-up with cute guys to ogle.

It was the prospect of baby-shower shopping for my head cashier that brought up my musings on the difference between the old five and dimes and "Dollar" stores. It's not the price, because the prices are probably proportionate. We used to have a chain called Belmont. A Belmont store was great. You could go in and come out with a can opener, 5 yards of flannel, a lamp shade, a dowel rod, Monopoly, shampoo, crayons, half a pound of Brach's candy, a Birthday card, a new bra and one plate to match your Corelle. Only instead of having to traipse through a football-stadium-sized store like Walmart, it was all compacted into six aisles. We used to say that Belmont had everything--only one of everything, but everything.

The "Dollar" store is different. One day you'll go in looking for light bulbs, and they have everything but. So another day you'll go there to get dish towels, because they had tons of them the last time you were there, and they don't have them anymore, but they have an aisle full of light bulbs. Dollar stores specialize in carrying things that you don't need at that particular moment. When I was in there yesterday looking for onesies that I had seen on previous occasions, they, of course, didn't have any. Had I needed a small stuffed bunny or bear, however, I would have been in luck. There was a rack of them on every end cap.

I suspect this is because Dollar stores buy unwanted merchandise in bulk, and because it's unwanted it's not available again once its gone. So a Dollar store is really pretty useless if you are shopping for a particular item. However, if you are one of those people who shops merely to get a deal, you probably love Dollar stores--because, some day, you just might need ceramic soap dishes 2 for a dollar...

I miss Belmont....

Posted by Susie at February 19, 2004 11:31 AM | TrackBack
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"a can opener, 5 yards of flannel, a lamp shade, a dowel rod, Monopoly, shampoo, crayons, half a pound of Brach's candy, a Birthday card, a new bra and one plate to match your Corelle"

Heather's intro at the Bonfire made me think... how could you use all these items at once?

I'm not really sure, but I'll bet it could be a lot of fun ;-)

Posted by: Harvey at March 3, 2004 02:06 PM
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