I went to Baja Fresh with a friend - Yes, I used a coupon. ($5.00 off on $15.00 purchase). It was a glorious lunch.
As we enjoyed lunch, I complained to my friend about Costco not carrying 31" waist pants. I also told her that I couldn't find a pair of black sneakers (good ones like Nike or Adidas).
I needed a good pair of black sneakers. I do wedding photography during the weekend. My feet kill me when I work on my feet 7-8 hours in dress shoes. I wear a nice pair of dress shoes during the day time (purchased May 15, 2009). But, at night (reception) I plan to wear a pair of black sneakers. In the dark situation, people will not notice if I am wearing dress shoes or sneakers. I am willing to spend big bucks on my sneakers. I must look sharp at formal events.
Anyway, my friend took some time to convince me that I needed to shop outside of Costco. So, we made a spur of the moment decision. We topped off our soda cups and drove down to the outlet mall.
I went to Gap and easily found 31' waist pants in various designs and materials. I picked out 3 pairs of jeans. I also found a shirt that I liked very much. When I checked out, I got a Gap Visa card and got extra 15% off.
I paid about $22.00 each on the jeans (not bad). I spent total $91.97
Then we went to Nike store and got a pair of black sneakers for $75.76.
Took this picture on the kitchen table with my P&S camera
I am happy with today's purchase. I shall do laundry tomorrow.
I had fun shopping. My friend was a sport. She stuck around.
But, seriously, this was a significant turning point.
From this point, I will not settle with slightly smaller or slightly bigger pants from Costco. From this point, I will only buy the pants that fit perfectly. I hope Costco will carry 31" waist pants. But, since Costco doesn't carry my size pants, I will shop at local outlet mall for clothes.
I am afraid that my clothes shopping days at Costco is over. We have a wicked huge outlet mall that contains every imaginable store in the world (check it out). Once I start shopping there, I am very likely to fall in love with what they have to offer (perfect fit & variety).
I understand Costco's position. Average men's waist size in the US is 40 Inches. This puts me in minority. I understand that Costco made a strategic decision not to sell 31" waist pants and I respect that.