Yes. I am! I love shopping at Walmart. I have been poorly judged on my decision to shop at this ginormous vault of discount goodies and slashed prices. And I don’t care.
Yes. Walmart IS one of my shopping happy places! I’m also proud to admit this.
When I’m in France, I love shopping in various boutiques both high-end and lower-end. I get all excited knowing that I will be shopping at Rondini for great sandals and on the other hand, I can’t wait to get to Geant hypermarche because I am fully aware that I can grab a well-padded bathing suit top for as low at 5 euros.
And my favorite department store in the USA is Nordstrom.
I may have hated working here, but as a customer, I LOVE Nordstrom. It really is the only department store I shop in these days.
Before it went out of business, my favorite department store was B. Altman on the corner of 34th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City.
B. Altman–there was no greater store…
And it was the best store for children’s clothing. I remember dressing like this as a child. It’s too bad that kids no longer wear nice ensembles like this….
Running a close second place was Best & Company, which also met a sad retail demise.
Best & Co. one of my mother’s favorite stores. Why can’t we bring dressing like this back?
And back in those days people held the “Five and Dime” stores such as Woolworth’s, Newberry’s and McCrory’s in a higher esteem than they do Walmart.
McCrory’s was a great 5 & 10 cent store. I loved rummaging around the shop in Ewing, NJ..
..Newberry’s was also epic. I purchased my first lipstick at Newberry’s in Bay Shore, NY when I was 13 years old!
…but the mother of ALL five and dime’s was Woolworth’s! You never knew what you would find for less than a buck!
I’m gonna be straight with you here. The average Walmart employee earns from $9.00 to around $13.00 an hour—depending on full-time or part-time positions.
When I was at Nordstrom, I earned straight commission. However, if I did not make commission, I then received a $9.00 an hour salary. But—I did make as low as $7.00 an hour depending on the amount of returns that were held against my commission.
At least Walmart employees don’t have to worry about commission. So does Walmart really treat their staff that badly? There are worse establishments to work in.
True. None of the employees here need to worry about commission or returns. And that is a great thing to not have to worry about!
The Walton family also may be on the “right” side of the political table, but the Walton Family Foundation built the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville Arkansas. Seriously—if a family loves the arts and culture enough to create a museum for American artists—well, they can’t be all bad now. My politics may be on the opposite side of this family, but their efforts to support the arts brings a certain amount of bipartisanship between them and me.
Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. An homage to the American Artist…
...showcasing great paintings such as “The Life of a Hunter–A Tight Fix” by Arthur Fitzwilliam
That being said. I love shopping at Walmart because I save a ton of money. Yes. The Walton Family helps in contributing our trips to France every year by allowing us to save tons of cash on groceries and basics.
Did you know that I was able to find CLEAR Vanilla extract at Walmart? No other grocery stores in my area sell it—and this is needed to make the Momofuku Birthday Cake! I hit gold. I also get my canned cherries for Bonaparte’s beloved Clafoutis at Walmart.
..and although it may be imitation vamilla, you can’t tell the difference once it is incorporated into the recipe!
Other staples in my pantry, such as rice paper, rice flour, and almond flour can be found at a far less price than at Wegmans.
Less than two bucks at Walmart. I make my spring rolls from this gluten-free rice paper.
Bonaparte LIVES for the white chocolate Magnum ice cream bars. Walmart has the lowest price I’ve ever seen.
Here’s a photo of the groceries and other items we bought at Walmart earlier today. The total bill came to less than $100.00. Had we purchased all this at any other grocery store, the bill would have been about $20.00 more.
I have no issues buying groceries at Walmart. The magic is up to the cook–not the store! These items would have cost a lot more at Wegman’s, Acme or any other local supermarket!
My drugstore cosmetics are a lot less expensive. Look at the Covergirl Outlast Lip Cover. It was $7.24 at Walmart. At other drugstores the price on this lip color can range between ten and twelve bucks. You’re welcome!
I’m a huge fan of the Covergirl Outlast lip color. It DOES stay on for a long time and Walmart not only has the best price, but has a great selection. Mascara and eyeliner are also great buys here as well!
OK–so the display isn’t the most pleasing, but the selection of hair accessories is astounding!
See the macaron on this t-shirt for little girls? It is absolutely adorbs. At a high end store it would be upwards of $25.00. You just know how pretentious those upscale mommies can be. They would kill to have their little girls in a shirt like this. Well guess what? The working class mommies can have their daughters dressed in a more French chic this year at school! Thank you Walmart!
If Walmart had this shirt when Oona was a child, it would have been hers. Oh lalala Walmart!
My adoration for low-end-high-end never ceases. And in order to carry the leather Longchamp bags that I adore so much, I’ll purchase smaller accessories at Walmart.
For example—those hoop earrings that I love so much. Why on earth would I spend hundreds of dollars on them when I can purchase an entire card of hoops for less than five bucks. Believe me. If anyone dares to come up close and personal to inspect my earrings, they are entering into my private space and I will get physical to make them exit my personal space. Nobody can get close enough to me to be able to tell these earrings are dirt cheap.
In addition, I am the queen of misplacing earrings. If I misplace an inexpensive pair–it is nothing to stress about. The necklaces to the left are perfect for vacations because you don’t have to worry about ruining “good” jewelry while swimming or touring!
I don’t care what kinds of people shop at Walmart and I don’t judge. Many Walmart shoppers cannot afford to shop at upscale stores or fancy name-brand supermarkets. So what’s wrong about the Walmart shoppers? Just because they look different doesn’t mean they aren’t nice people.
Personally, I think this older woman’s get up looks no different than those ensembles of the oftentimes “Advanced Style” site. Challenge me if you don’t believe me! And look how happy she is! What’s so bad about the socks and boots on the woman in the photo on the right? Don’t judge a book by her cover!
I actually feel safer in a Walmart store than in a mall. Why? You ask. Well, because if some nut comes in to bang, bang, shoot ’em up at random, I know that somewhere in another section of Walmart, is a guy or woman with a bigger weapon just waiting for their moment to become a hero! I rest my case!
I have never and I mean never come across a rude employee at my local Walmart. The Walmart in Norristown rocks!
I can find inspirational quotes at Walmart.
Now THIS is not only inspirational, but it is a very pragmatic quote!
During the holidays, Walmart has the best stuff! The embellishments for Christmas wrappings are ridiculously inexpensive. In addition, fancy stores are very stingy with their gift boxes. At Walmart, you can get a ton of boxes for next to nothing. What’s in the box is more important anyway!
Walmart is my Christmas wonderland….
…and I load up on the great and very real poinsettias that Walmart has available every Christmas season!
Although I won’t purchase shoes or bags at Walmart, I’ve purchased bathing suits, underwear and some seriously cute shift dresses!
Walmart has GREAT shapewear. Less expensive than SPANX and sucks the fat in!
Walmart has, hands down, the best back-to-school supplies selection and prices. I wish the kids were still in school just so that I could load up on loose-leaf paper, rulers, highlighters and scientific calculators!
I have no idea what these are, but they were in the school supply area, I almost bought one because I like the 88 cent price!
This electronic calculator is eight bucks at Walmart. It’s so …scientific!!!!!
While waiting on the line at the cashier, I can find exotic gourmandise snacks to go with some intellectual reading…
I don’t care HOW long I have to wait on the line as long as I get to munch on a bag of these while reading…..
…..this! Obviously the Walton family are not Hillary fans. I sure as shit hope they ain’t supporting Trump!
I am not a snob. Nor am I an elitist. I go where the bargains are. And they are here.
And even though I usually make sure I look nice when I go shopping at Walmart or any other store…
Whether it is Nordstrom or Walmart, I always like to look nice when I’m shopping. Pearls to look classic. A denim jacket to be on-trend. Neutral makeup…makes me feel good. But…
It warms my heart to know that I can go shopping at Walmart dressed like this and nobody will give me a second glance!
….if need be, I can leave the house like this and know that I can enter through the automatic glass doors of Walmart to get a tube of toothpaste and nobody will think I’m weird–I’ll fit right in! I love Walmart!
And speaking of school supplies, Walmart has the best back-to-school commercial. Whitesnake–can you believe it????????? I got chills! Chills!