New TK Maxx in Putney – go there if you dare!

by 21stcenturymummy on October 10, 2009

After spending the morning at the fab Eddie Catz in Putney, then shoe-shopping  for my daughter – success at the Pied Piper, on the Upper Richmond Road (great shoe shop by the way), I walked up and down Putney High Street, up and down, up and down (you get the picture?) until my daughter finally fell asleep in her buggy. At last it was my time to play!

I headed to the new TK Maxx which has just opened where the old Woolworths used to be. The problem with these kind of outlets is they are chaotic and messy, I find them stressful and yes, I’m bit of a snob! I usually give them a wide berth, but as I had a bit of time on my hands I ventured in. I was immediately surprised at a) how quiet it was and b) how tidy it was, so putting aside any preconceptions, I picked up a basket.

45 minutes later (daughter still sleeping) I was still only a few feet from the door – I’d got stuck in the toiletries section (my weakness) right at the front! My basket was heavy (mental note to self, save toiletries until last) and I was struggling with basket in one hand, buggy in the other. Knowing I was on borrowed time I had a quick whizz around the rest of the store, then she woke up and I knew my playtime was over!

I bagged a few real bargains – Paul Smith Woman perfume, Kenneth Turner and Pecksniffs shower gels and handwashes, Lulu Guiness makeup bag and Pringle socks. I could have done with a bit more time to look at clothes etc.

So, my final thoughts on TK Maxx – it’s actually okay. It’s good for Christmas presents if you’ve got time to browse and get there early!

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Obsession with Buggies

by 21stcenturymummy on October 3, 2009

A couple of months ago I spent the best £7.99 ever, on a toy buggy for my daughter. I first realised how much she liked them when we were went to the park or playground. Forget the swings, slides, seesaws, she’d be off in the direction of the nearest buggy she spotted, mowing down anything or anyone in her path. There was one time when she went right up to a little girl with a buggy and snatched it right from under her. The little girl just stood there, in total shock!  I was continuously having to explain how she had to give it back as it wasn’t hers – water off a ducks back to my daughter!

I’d always been adamant I would never buy one of these horrible, plastic-looking pink buggies, but I gave in after seeing how much she loved them. I found the cheapest, least pink one possible from a toy shop in Putney for the princely sum of £7.99.

She wheels it around the house, to the park, to the shops, literally everywhere. Sometimes she puts her doll in it but more often than not just enjoys wheeling it about. However, still when we’re in the park she prefers everyone else’s buggy to her own. I’ve even seen her with a collection of them around her.

She’s now on her fourth buggy. The first one broke from over use, the second one a little boy borrowed when we are at the park. He kept sitting in it, and was a little too heavy! The third one didn’t work when I took it out of the bag, only running on three of the wheels, so I’ve now gone for a different one.

There is a wide range of toy buggies/prams available, from blue ones for boys, wooden ones, and 3 wheeler ones. There’s even a Silvercross Balmoral Dolls Pram for £299 at Harrods.

This time I’ve gone for The Corolle Dolls Stroller £14.00, reduced to £10.28 from Amazon. Let’s hope it lasts.

Corolle dolls - Stroller

The Silvercross Heritage Dolls Pram £270 from John Lewis

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