Even though I was ready for fall, the cool weather definitely caught me off guard. It wasn’t until it was already 60 degrees outside that I realized I didn’t have a moderately heavy fall jacket for my daughter. Gap is always my go-to store for cute, affordable girls’ clothes, so I went and fell in love with this coat:
It’s actually probably a little warm for a girls’ coat for fall, but I liked that my daughter would be able to wear it well into winter and that she wouldn’t have to wear a huge sweater underneath because the jacket itself is so warm.
Anyways, I saw it on the rack, but they didn’t have her size in the babyGap store by my house. So the next day I went to 2 other locations on my way to work. No go–they also didn’t have her size. On my way home, I stop by one more store and nope, they don’t have her size. Hmm, that’s every Gap store on the east side of Manhattan and not one has this coat in a size 2T or 3T.
So before venturing to the west side, I decide to call the stores first. Several phone calls later and not one store in Manhattan has this coat in a 2T or 3T. How can this be? It’s not even that cold, the coat just came out and I need it.
Of course, my crazy shopper mode kicks in and I call a Gap store close to where my mother lives in southeastern Connecticut. Miraculously, they have it in both sizes so I put it on hold and ask my mom to pick it up for me. She’s coming tomorrow to drop it off and I’m slightly more excited to the see coat than I am to see her.
The moral of this story? Think ahead! There’s a reason stores start stocking jackets in August and coats in September. You probably won’t need them right away, but you don’t want the weather to suddenly change and then you have initiate a state to state search for a coat you love.
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