Today, we attempted to decorate within Oakland borders and went on a shopping spree with a grade schooler and her mother. Since the family had recently moved into a new home, we spent the afternoon seeking girl’s bedroom decor – and we accomplished nearly everything in one local store.
While independent stores are quite appealing, the chain store worked wonders this time: Bed, Bath and Beyond near Jack London Square. We could park without paying too, which was a nice surprise.
There were sufficient options stocked in that smallish store, and we felt supported by friendly sales clerks. The prices weren’t dirt cheap but didn’t bankrupt us, either. The haul included a shagalicious comforter, sheets, decorative pillows and one large rug.
Our mission wasn’t 100 percent complete, since a new desk remains on the list. We thought about the Cost Plus World Market as well as Entrez! Open House, but neither carried this sort of furniture. Our merry threesome headed to Ikea, in Emeryville, where desks seemed too white and too flimsy. Maybe Craigslist next?
Today’s shopping spree made me wonder about retail tipping points. How many or what types of stores are needed to reduce forays to points east, west and north? As a matter of civic pride, we’ll keep trying to spend our hard-earned shekels in Oakland.