My Favorite Place to Shop

Day 24 My Favorite Place To Shop Amazon.com empty box

I’m not a fan of crowded places, so although I have some physical stores I like to visit, I prefer to do most of my serious shopping on Amazon.com. Though it does lack the immediate gratification aspect of in-store shopping, the speed at which things arrive is more than acceptable. Also, when a little box with a smile on the side arrives a couple of days later, it’s like opening a present! And in some cases, I have no idea which shipment came first, so it’s actually a complete surprise to see what’s inside. Beyond that, there’s a seemingly infinite range of products just a click away, so really, what’s not to love about that!

Once, when I bought a present for Philippe, I checked the box to have Amazon gift wrap it, since I was running notoriously behind and it would arrive at precisely the moment I was due to give it to him. The doorbell rang early that morning and I made him stay upstairs while I snuck down to check. A giant box was sitting there and so I lugged it inside and ripped it open, expecting to see a beautifully wrapped box inside that package. Instead, there was simply a gigantic blue velour bag, cinched at the top with a large gold ribbon. It looked impossibly ridiculous, like the lost bag of an improbable Jewish Santa Claus. I giggled all the way upstairs and told Philippe that his gift had arrived… and it’s amazing.

I do love the idea of coming home with something immediately, and will sometimes grab a tube of paint at the art supply store to satisfy the urge. However, after many disappointing trips to find that particular color out of stock, I turned to Amazon again. I was indeed surprised that the tiny tube of paint arrived floating around in its ver own large box, but that was my fault for not simply ordering something more off my burgeoning wish list. I keep my wish list updated at all times, for nobody in particular as Philippe doesn’t ever read it. But it’s nice to create a virtual collection of things you’d love to have. Just a click away, coming to you one day, in that overly large signature box with a smile on it.

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Day 24 My Favorite Place To Shop Amazon.com empty box
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48 Comments
  1. Margaret Parker Brown 9 months ago

    I have to admit I love Amazon as well, for us being rural, it is simply divine to shop online and sit back and it comes to your house, you can’t beat that! We even had a neighbor that bought baby chicks through Amazon, now that is amazing! So, yes, I am a fan. 🙂

  2. lora spence 9 months ago

    Me, too! It’s always fun to get a box because I don’t have a clue to what it is! I shop and forget whether I got it or not and it comes in weeks later, sometimes, and I’ll remember after I open it but it’s so cool to have a surprise!! I thought I was the only one who liked that! lol Thanks for sharing – your art is awesome!

    • Author

      Hehe… glad I’m not alone in that, Lora! Totally fun sometimes to shop and forget! And thanks… glad you like my art! 😃💕

  3. Susan Feniak 9 months ago

    I have only ever shopped on line once and that was to purchase my worldwatercolormonth swag. Hehe… Since it proved to be far to easy I have avoided it since. Too much fun could get me into trouble. 🙂

    • Author

      Well yay to doing it to get your World Watercolor Month swag at least!! hehe… It’s definitely too easy sometimes but I’ve gotten much better about resisting the urge! lol

  4. Jodi 9 months ago

    Amazon is my fave too – they would love your doodlewash of their box! 🙂 And my Charlie loves Amazon best too, because the USPS or UPS or Amazon delivery folks all bring him treats when they deliver 🙂

    • Author

      Hehe.. that’s so awesome that your Charlie loves them too! We all love them for the same reason it seems… treats delivered to your day! Yay!! 😃😃🎉

  5. lynne 9 months ago

    lol, yes, in an overly large box… i love this painting, charlie!

  6. Carmel Campbell 9 months ago

    Amazon is also my favorite followed closely by Eddie Bauer for clothes. Amazon is getting pretty good with art supplies 😊 Amazon would give your sketch ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

  7. Jacob 9 months ago

    A cardboard box never looked better! My cats best not see this, or they’ll be trying to leap into it!

    I do love a nice spot of online shopping – I mean, anything to minimise interaction 😉 – but do restrain myself pretty well. After all, it can have perils of its own, besides the sheer choice; I did once get into a pickle wherein I had accidentally activated ‘one-click ordering’ or something or other, and unwittingly ordered about ten board games. Whoops! 😉

    As it happens I was only on Amazon a couple of hours ago, eyeing up Archer DVDs… I wonder whose fault that is.

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃 Hehe… really? I actually watched Archer on Netflix and Hulu. Much cheaper… but if they ever disappear from those services… I might have to think about getting those DVDs! 😊

  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 9 months ago

    Stores and on line purchasing both have a place. Only the most ordinary art supplies are available in retail stores, and nearly everything has to be ordered on line. Years ago, I could shop at a huge art store and look at new products and try all kinds of interesting things. Now that wonderful big store is gone because, guess why – all the on-line products made it easy for so many people. I miss real stores.

    I dislike worrying about buying products that might have to be returned, and what a pain that might be for items going back through some kind of delivery system. Things that don’t fit or just don’t look good on me, or the color isn’t what it appeared to be in photos. Right now I have set of cotton napkins I have to return because they’re the wrong color, but it will just be a quick drive to the store to return them and get my money back.

    But I can see that for people who are really pressed for time, who don’t like the parking and the crowds, who have to lug around young children, who have difficulty walking or live in a cabin at the far edge of a field in East Kanipitchuck, or who know exactly what they want (I never do – LOL) the arrival of that happy box from Amazon is a perfect solution.

    Your Doodlewash box is a wonderful gift to all of us, even empty.

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I have to admit to liking to browse tangible stores, but only assuming it’s the perfect time of day and no other humans are present. Then I hate it! Lol I love having an aisle all to myself to browse though! But yeah… the selection is terrible in stores, so it’s always Amazon to the rescue!

  9. creatingincolors 9 months ago

    You are so right about Amazon!

  10. zamarama 9 months ago

    I remember going from store to store looking for a specific thing and not finding it…I so appreciate Amazon. Now that getting around is a bit harder, it is all good. BTW- I have put a note with each order to send in “appropriate packaging, to save resources.

  11. Joyce Rebecca Nichols 9 months ago

    I agree. That’s how it gets done around here.

  12. Teri C 9 months ago

    I smiled when I saw your painting and knew where you were going I’m an Amazon fan also. Love shopping there and paying no postage. And I have an Amazon credit card which makes some of my purchases cost even less.

    • Author

      That’s awesome, Teri! 😃Glad you’re also a fan… and yeah… no postage and no sales tax makes them a total no brainer unless you just HAVE to have something the same day. (though they’re working on solving that problem as well! hehe)

  13. Carol 9 months ago

    Hi Charlie: Isn’t Amazon Prime the best? It certainly makes shopping easier – as the one who is in charge of Christmas in our household, a few years ago I had my grown children and hubby make Amazon wish lists and it surely took a lot of stress out of the gift-giving occasions. I also made one and keep it updated for Mother’s Day and my birthday, just in case ;). I don’t miss the actual holiday shopping in the physical store one bit! We get at least one Amazon shipment here per week whether it is mine, my daughter’s, or my hubby’s. I enjoy the smiling box as well 🙂

    • Author

      hehe… thanks, Carol! 😃💕 Totally agree… I don’t like stores with any level of crowd so I really can’t stand holiday shopping. And most of what we want that’s special isn’t in the store anyway, so Amazon makes for a pretty easy and perfect holiday for sure!!

  14. SimplyrRBF 9 months ago

    I really love your paintings!!! All of them look so beautiful! Love the water colours and the style of painting. Love love love!!! Keep up the great work! I look forward to seeing more of your works! 😍😍😍

  15. Jill Kuhn 9 months ago

    I’m a big FAN of the box with a smile! 😉 I love art books and art supplies so this is also my favorite place to shop online!! 😍 Great Doodlewash Charlie!! 💕🎨

    • Author

      Thanks, Jill!! 😃💕Hehe… yeah, it’s actually more fun to shop than real stores sometimes just for the sheer variety! So cool!

      • Jill Kuhn 9 months ago

        Yes, it is pretty amazing! 😃

  16. GeorgieMoon 9 months ago

    That’s so amazing how you can make even an Amazon box look wonderful! I love Amazon too!

  17. Margriet Bierens 9 months ago

    What a beautiful Box! I am almost certain that your box looks more beautiful than it,s in real, no?
    So simple and so direct to the point, shopping in 2016 although not for me. I like shopping in real shops and feel how things feel in my hand and that you cannot by Amazone, maybe in the future who knows.
    Yes you got a point, open the box and a surprise is coming out, I like that part for sure.

    Thank you Charlie!

    • Author

      Thanks, Margriet! 😃💕 Yeah, I still like shopping in some stores… boutiques are fun because you never know what you’ll find. But when I actually want a specific thing, I always turn to Amazon as the stores just aren’t reliable, particularly when it comes to specific art supplies! hehe

  18. M. L. Kappa 9 months ago

    I will confess to also being an Amazon addict 😱😱😱

    • Author

      haha… yeah… I think I was at one point, but could just be considered a “fan” now. It’s so easy to lose control when you have everything you ever wanted at your fingertips! 😊lol

  19. memadtwo 9 months ago

    The lure of the postman…ok UPS man. To represent shopping in 2016, a delivery box is perfect! (K)

    • Author

      Thanks, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah… it’s pretty much come to this for 2016 and beyond I think. The faster things arrive, the less sense physical stores make unless they’re super specialty.

  20. In Art Therapy 9 months ago

    I love receiving those Amazon boxes too! Love your painting!

  21. He he, this is great, as is Amazon, a great way to illustrate the shopping experience 😀

  22. caseycarrollart 9 months ago

    I prefer to shop online. I’m not a fan of crowded stores. I also live in a small town so I would have to drive an hour to get to anywhere with any real place to shop. That seems like too much effort. Ha!

    • Author

      So glad you’re in the online club, Casey! 😃hehe… yeah… and even if you drive that far, the odds they’ll have exactly what you want aren’t high, so yay for online shopping!!

      • caseycarrollart 9 months ago

        Exactly! And it’s exciting to get mail that doesn’t tell me I owe someone money. lol

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