Thursday, January 8, 2009

Shopping For Needed Stupid Stuff

One of the benefits of being back in the States for this visit is getting to shop. Don't get me wrong, I love living in Germany. I love the markets, the stores, the way of life.

I just don't love having to shop in the BX, the military's version of a department store. There is little variety of anything. Their choices for clothing is either... it falls apart after the first washing or designer clothing.

I went looking for a pair of jeans. $50.00 for a pair of no name, can't choose the style, take it or leave it pair of jeans. The store shouts at me, "Hey, be glad we have a pair in your size." The BX can hold you hostage on stuff like this.

Shopping in the local German stores is fun. But, very expensive. The Euro is very strong against the dollar and makes shopping a luxury at times.

My understanding of German is coming back but I am far from fluent and lugging around a translating dictionary is cumbersome.

So......

I am on a shopping trip. Actually, I am here to attend a wedding. But, the shopping is like a friend with benefits.

I am shopping for some really needed items that I just haven't been able to find in Germany. Stupid stuff, really. Needed, stupid stuff.

I started putting together a list when I realized that I would be returning for the wedding.
  • Vicks Vapor Cream not the rub. The cream is greaseless and works better.
  • Measuring Spoons. the ones at the BX are yucky and the European ones are sized differently.
  • Jeans and a couple of turtlenecks.
  • Gypsy Cold Care. An herbal tea that really works when you are sick.
  • Reading Glasses. Just cheaters really, but I am finding that I need a stronger pair.
  • Cook top cleaner for glass.
  • Vegetable seeds for my garden this Spring.
  • Hair Mousse. Of course I use a brand that isn't carried.
******If there are any foodies out there please take this as a warning.******


  • Chef Boyardee pizza sauce. I love the stuff. For homemade strombolli and dipping mozzarella sticks.

I found some awesome high thread count sheets and a new set of towels, all for 75% off. I also found a bird feeder pole that will hold three different feeders. The bird feeders in Germany that I have seen are shaped like a chalet house on a stand that sits on the patio. I haven't found any shephard's crooks, that I am used to having, for the type of bird feeders normally found in the States.

My shopping is done now and I am in the process of helping with the last minute details for the wedding. I get to be the "Hey Girl" and do all the running while the bridal party gets to practice being bridal.

So the shopping is done. Well, done till I hit Southern California with my SMIL.

4 comments:

Amanda said...

The commissary occasionally carries the cook top cleaner for glass tops and the Vogelweh Power Zone gets those shepard's hooks things in most springs...but you have to be fast. lol

Chef Boyardee makes a pizza sauce? I've been away from the states for too long. lol

Happy shopping!

Meg said...

I love that you warned foodies to look away. Listen, sometimes you need to use the Chef. :)

Good luck getting everything you need. And have fun at the weddding.

Kim said...

And you got back just in time to take advantage of the post-Holiday sales. You is smart! :)

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