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#1 OneProudMum

Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:32 PM

Please tell me I am not the only one!

I am currently online researching shopping centres as we are trekking to the big smoke this weekend and I want to go shopping and I am trying to decide which centre to go to. Mind you, I very rarely buy up big. I am just attracted to the lights, the people, the consumerism and even the odd food court lunch!

I know quite a few stats on various shopping centres in Australia AND world wide. I have been known to compare them by leasing space etc.

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Edited by OneProudMum, 05 December 2012 - 09:34 PM.


#2 HandsOnNewton

Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:40 PM

If I'm by myself and have spare cash, yes I love shopping centres. Love trying on clothes, love hunting through clearance racks (and there are so many these days!) Love a good bargain.
I probably enjoy it because I only get to do it a few times a year now.

#3 OneProudMum

Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:42 PM

QUOTE (redkris @ 05/12/2012, 10:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If I'm by myself and have spare cash, yes I love shopping centres. Love trying on clothes, love hunting through clearance racks (and there are so many these days!) Love a good bargain.
I probably enjoy it because I only get to do it a few times a year now.


That probably rings true for me too. We have a shopping centre here but it's not very big and the variety of stores is pretty poor.

#4 JustMum08

Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:43 PM

Yes. When I have money I love shopping!
I can spend hours at a shopping centre. Love it!

#5 jayskette

Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

hey OP where are you going? original.gif
Have you been to the Mall of America and the new ones in Abu Dhabi yet?  biggrin.gif

#6 FeralSingleMum

Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

I love them! When I first moved to WA and I had no friends or family close by I would pack the boys up and take them to the shopping centre just so I could fend off the loneliness.

I go to our local shopping centre 1-3 times a week and have a window shop. I love doing it without the kids so I can go at my own pace and have a really good look.

#7 erindiv

Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:50 PM

I can't be in a crowded space for more than an hour or so, it gives me panic attacks. Being surrounded by strangers overwhelms me. If a shopping centre is not crowded I'm fine, but at peak times of year, hell no.

#8 ShamelesslyPooks

Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:55 PM

I like going when I'm buy myself and have actual things that I need to, and can, buy.

So, no.

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#9 OneProudMum

Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:03 PM

My friends once half-jokingly suggested I should start one of those walking groups that meets at the local centre instead of the lake. I can wander shopping centres aimlessly for hours and hours.

My record was visiting 3 of the top 6 shopping centres (by size) in Melbourne in the same weekend. Just shopping... all day...

#10 namie

Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

I don't love them I don't think but I do enjoy going, especially the bigger ones that have a kids play area.

I go at least once a week, but I'm equi-distant between two so I alternate to mix it up a bit.
I tend to arrive right on opening time, do a few fast laps to check things out (one lap of each floor) and then we get a coffee (babycino for the boys, mocha for me), get whatever things we need (or if it's a rainy day and I'm there simply to be out of the house then I have a browse for as long as I can), they have a play on the playground and then we finish off with a quick trip to the supermarket (often they'll munch on lunch while doing so) and then home for a nap (DS2) and a rest (DS1 and me).

I do hate this time of year though as they're too crowded, everyone's impatient and it takes too long to do everything. I like my space, lol!

#11 *LucyE*

Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:23 PM

I don't love them but nor do I hate them.

I enjoyed browsing the Carindale centre when it reopened. I don't mind paying for parking if it means I can actually get one. I like the upmarket food courts and the lighter, brighter designs. The shops aren't bad either.

The other end of the spectrum with the flurocent lights, greasy spoon food courts, out door car parking and chain smokers around the entrances doesn't do it for me though.

When DS was a baby, we lived in a teeny tiny house and I was new to the area not knowing a soul, I'd often go to the local major shopping centre. At the time, our house didnt have air con or heating so the shopping centre was a reprive from the weather. I would walk around to get him to sleep (My store was always good because it was a ghost town). Since we moved to our current house, I haven't had to do that anymore and now tend to avoid the shops whenever possible.

#12 Rubixx

Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:29 PM

Starting to hate them now. Kids, traffic, parking, people... It's such a drag. Online shopping is the way to go.

#13 pencil

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:35 PM

QUOTE
I can't be in a crowded space for more than an hour or so, it gives me  panic attacks. Being surrounded by strangers overwhelms me. If a  shopping centre is not crowded I'm fine, but at peak times of year, hell  no.
This is me too. I avoid them as much as I can. Maybe we go once a month, invariably ends with me freaking out.

I remember a year or so ago, taking my youngest two, they were fascinated with everything. Like really fascinated. I realised they had never been before! I did have a big break there for a while.

#14 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:48 PM

I don't love them but I don't hate them. I hate going during busy times but don't mind taking DS when it's quiet.

#15 RumbleBee

Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:24 AM

I never really thought about them much - if anything I thought I probably disliked them because of the bright lights and people everywhere.

But then I moved to London and, as a suburban Melbourne girl whose maturity was measured in landmarks like 'being able to go to Chadstone alone', I realised I was missing the lights, the food courts, the department stores, the bowling alley, the cinema. I didn't know how to buy things when I couldn't access 200 stores under one roof.

Happily I have since discovered Westfield

#16 Unatheowl

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:34 AM

I love them!  I live in Sydney so I don't even have the excuse of not having regular access.  They are a great place to go when you have a young baby in a pram.  Just walking around and buying things to pass the time and make me feel better about m y life:)

Wow that sounded really tragic.  unsure.gif   Shudder, I'm so glad the newborn phase is over!

#17 lozoodle

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:45 AM

Ooooh me i love shopping, even if just window shopping. Even better without kids tthumbs.gif

#18 BadCat

Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:58 AM

OP, you are like the polar opposite of me.  laughing2.gif

I can't bear shopping centres.  I don't think I've been into a shopping centre since March and that was only to go to a movie.  I don't even know my way around my nearest centre any more because they did a bunch of renovations prior to last christmas.  There's a whole new section that I've never even been in.



#19 HandsOnNewton

Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:02 AM

QUOTE
Even better without kids

Oh yeah original.gif I don't actually do Westfield with DS anymore unless DH is also with me. I might duck into one shop quickly and back out again, but if I want to do leisurely shopping it will be on the day that DS is in daycare. THEN it is enjoyable.

#20 kpingitquiet

Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:03 AM

Like others, "By Myself" and "Not Broke" are the key factors to my mall enjoyment original.gif At Christmas, the malls back home go a bit insane and I'd bravely go to said insane malls during the week before Christmas, get a cup of cocoa at Starbucks and sit and people-watch for an hour or two. Usually right near the center of the mall where Santa's workshop would be set up, kids lined up for ages, carols playing. My own personal Miracle on 34th Street type moments hehehe.

#21 Chchgirl

Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:35 AM

Depends on the shopping centre. For big malls, even though I live in Sydney at the moment, I only like Westfield Tuggerah up the central coast, and Westfield Riccarton in Christchurch..I do hate food halls though and you won't often find me in one!

I do like small suburban ones, but not where I am.

Edited by Chchgirl, 06 December 2012 - 07:36 AM.


#22 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:39 AM

I don't get to them that often as I live rurally but when I do,yes I love them. Body Shop and Toys R Us are two of my favourites as I don't have them here.

#23 Red nut

Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:40 AM

Hate them with a passion! But I was never a recreational shopper.

#24 Grobanite

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:43 AM

I love them too. I now live in  rural town so they are even more exciting when we get to one.
However I always loved them even when I lived in the city.


#25 **Xena**

Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:44 AM

Not shopping centres. I do however love those big stores that seem to sell everything- you know the kind Office Works, Bunnings, KMart. Once I step into one it's like my eyes glaze over and I aimlessly drift up and down the aisles and an hour later realise I haven't been looking properly for whatever it was I was in there to buy laughing2.gif




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