I am a Main Street USA kinda girl and that's where I prefer to shop. It's personal, unique and enjoyable. However, there are some things that just cannot be had on Main Street and an occasional trip to the Mall is in order. When I have to, I like to go to Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, MD because of its mix of retail and outlet stores, some of which also offer a much appreciated Military Discount.
There's is just one major drawback to shopping at Arundel Mills - it's mayhem on the weekends. Everybody and their aunt shops there. One has to circle the parking lot to score a spot and is being stalked on their way out.
Stores are chronically understaffed and it shows - many are a mess and the "pleasure" of working there is practically written all over the salespeople's faces. It's understandable, I do not enjoy the chaos either. No, I cannot say that shopping at Arundel Mills Mall is a pleasure on the weekends. I usually advise newcomers to the area to visit it during the week but today I had to ignore my own advice.
You see, I just found out my daughter is going to have PE on her first day of school and, naturally, the sneakers that fit just fine at the end of the last school year are now too small. So we had to brave the masses today.
We even made a little detour to H&M after scoring said sneakers at Stride Right. A big mistake. There was a line of about 30 people and one register. ONE. On a Saturday. At Arundel Mills Mall. I was very tempted to just leave but since I had already invested a considerable amount of time trying to find some PE suitable outfits (of course my daughter has also outgrown most of her clothes in just 9 weeks of summer break), I sighed and got in line.
My mind wandered .. back to 2005 and I remembered pulling up in front of the just-hit-the-market listing to show it to my buyers. I remembered the line of people hoping to do the same. I remembered how these houses weren't even anything spectacular, just average because back then it didn't matter.
How times have changed! Although we are seeing multiple offers in certain areas and price-ranges again, it's not comparable to the mayhem that was 2005. Hopefully it won't ever be like this again. Shopping for a house was not the enjoyable experience it ought to be ... I thought to myself, which reminded me, I'm not enjoying the chaos that is Arundel Mills Mall on the weekend.
I should follow my own advice.
ANDREA BEDARD, M.A. ~ THOMPSON COMPANY, REALTORS ~ LIVING MARYLAND BLIPS
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Andrea is a proud military spouse, mom of two beautiful little girls, hobby decorator and a Realtor® based in Silver Spring, MD. Andrea focuses on Montgomery County and Howard County Real Estate, she enjoys everything beautiful in life and always answers the phone with a smile.
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