Most of us at The Frisky are originally country mice — in some cases, suburban mice — who moved to a larger city just as soon as we could. But all of us visit our families often, which means a trip back to the ‘burbs of our youth. And often while visiting family, we need to get out of the house, so we find a reason to hit the mall. Or shopping center. Or the outlets. Or all three. There’s much to love about a city lifestyle (the bars don’t close at 10 p.m., mainly) but we won’t deny that almost getting hit by an SVU in a Target parking lot has a certain charm to it.
Here is our definitive breakdown on the pros and cons of suburban vs. city shopping.
Pros Of Suburban Shopping:
- Sometimes there’s nothing else fun to do. Sorry, but it’s true.
- The pickings aren’t as slim. Thanks, everyone in the suburbs who only wears sweatpants and Uggs!
- Hitting the shops feels like more of a special occasion, because you don’t pass Gap every day at lunch.
- Big box stores are often in clusters, so you can hit up Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Target all at once.
- Snobbishness of employees hits an all-time low.
- A car to load up your bags! And you can leave your winter coat in the car instead of lugging it around.
- Indoor or connected shopping areas keep your ‘do looking fresh.
Cons Of Suburban Shopping:
- How does Yankee Candles manage to stink up such a large radius?
- Fewer unique brands and independent shops are way less limited. (But that’s what online shopping is for.)
- SO MANY SCREAMING KIDLETS.
- Large groups of teenagers hogging all the tables in the mall food court.
- Weird shit stuff smeared on the bottom of your shopping cart. That’s not poop, is it?
- Parking is mobbed on weekends.
Pros Of City Shopping:
- Look at this vast array of shit that you don’t need!
- Less strollers, because there’s just no room.
- Everything is smooshed together, so you can easily hit the shops after a boozy brunch.
- You’re less likely to run into your sixth grade English teacher, your mom’s best friend, and your ex’s new girlfriend all in one trip.
- Pretty lights around the holidays!
Cons Of City Shopping:
- Waaaay too many stores you can’t afford to shop in.
- Stores can be really far away from each other, which means you spend more time traveling than you do shopping.
- You have to carry your heavy bags yourself. And schlepping bags home on public transportation is a pain in the ass.
- Tourists. Tourists. More tourists.
- Snotty employees who won’t make eye contact if you’re not carrying an expensive purse.
- NO OUTLET MALLS.
We know we must have forgotten something. Weigh in on city vs. country shopping in the comments!