I saw a shirt today that said “Can’t be trusted along in Target,” and it made me giggle…and then it made me a little sad. For me, a Target run was at least a weekly occurrence if not multiple times a week when we lived in Corona. With three Targets within a fifteen minute drive, we even visited multiple Targets in one trip of one didn’t have what we wanted. But Target almost always had what we wanted, at least for house things, clothes, last minute presents, cards or basically anything else.
After nearly six years living centrally located to three Targets, I began to take them for granted. And then… we got orders to England. And suddenly, I’m living a target-less existence. I’m also living without Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Kohl’s, Macy’s… basically most stores that you come to know what they sell, what you could need from them and their general price range. And while I knew moving to a new country would mean learning where to get things on a daily basis, but I didn’t think about the vastness of not knowing these things. Where do you go for bug spray? Where do you buy cheap clothes? Where do you get groceries? What grocery store has the best deals? All these things are just kind of passed down through family, friends and communities back home. You know what a Home Depot is, you know what a Macy’s is. I never thought about acquiring the knowledge, it just appeared.
So while I became a little overwhelmed by trying to determine where to shop and get things for the house, I was blessed with knowledge from our sponsor, some of Tim’s coworkers and other people on base. But the best thing I got was a comparison list of American named stores and their similar stores here in the UK. I took this list and improved upon it, adding the knowledge pasted on to me by those I’ve met so far. I geared it towards those who live near me and I’ve added market days for our local markets, but if the cities listed aren’t close to you, its a pretty easy google search to learn which markets are near you and what days they operate. If this list can help just a few people save some time, headache or stress, then I’ll have done my job.
I’d love to hear more comparisons or suggestions if you have them! Please send them to me or leave them in the comments! I’ll update this as I learn more about living, shopping and thriving here in the UK.