Could the Music in Hollister Be Any Louder?

My daughter can think of nothing better than shopping at the mall. At almost 13 she is the prime target audience for mall stores, such as Abercrombie, Aeropostale, Hollister, and American Eagle. As her mom I can think of nothing worse than shopping at the mall.

Here’s Crafty Daughter surrounded by her christmas loot…clothes from Hollister!

The music in the stores is too loud. The merchandise is too expensive…a sweatshirt for $70, a scarf for $30? The clothing displays are packed together, which makes the store even more claustrophobic. Insanity! When did I become such a fuddy duddy?

This weekend as I sat in a surprisingly comfy chair in Hollister straining to read a hip magazine article about Slip Knot in the poorly lit store, I pondered how much I have changed. At 13 I was like my daughter. I loved to take the train in to “town” to shop at the stores in Manchester, England. I still remember my first purchase at 13 — a sweatshirt with a iron-on transfer of Snoopy. I was so proud of that sweatshirt. The purchase symbolized my transition from little kid to teen. I remember carrying a small wallet from which I eagerly handed the five pound note to the cashier.

Of course back in the 1980s I was allowed to take the train by myself to meet a friend to shop. I won’t let my daughter walk around the confines of the indoor shopping mall by herself, let alone take a train. Sadly we live in dangerous times. As far as I can I want to give my daughter opportunities to spend money and make her own choices. It is a rite of passage. I just wish I did not have to sit in a store and be deafened by the music.

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3 comments for “Could the Music in Hollister Be Any Louder?

  1. Life with Kaishon
    December 15, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Holy Cow! $70 for a sweatshirt? I don’t think I am cool either. That is WAY too much! Ridiculous for sure! If you still had the iron on sweatshirt I bet it would be worth something because it would be vintage : ).

  2. ChefDruck
    December 16, 2008 at 4:31 am

    So funny. I went in to Abercrombie last week with my kids to buy gift cards for our sitters. My 7 year old said to me, “How can anyone shop with music so loud?” She sounded like the old fuddy duddy. and that made me very happy.

  3. Al_Pal
    December 30, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Weak. Hollister is the Old Navy of American Eagle anyhow. ;/

    Question: did you want to follow me on twitter for a certain reason? I don’t really see my peeps or stuff relevant to my life on your stream, so… but if you just need more people to read I guess I could let you follow. 😛

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