I am a child of discount retailer stores. My mother raised me with a deep emotional connection to Ross, TJ Maxx and other such fine establishments. A connection so deep that despite Craig's insistence that such stores are barely a step up from the D.I., I have maintained a close personal relationship with them. Unfortunately, it's a love/hate relationship. There's no middle ground with Ross, I either leave in discount merchandise heaven, or completely ticked off/disgusted/cursing myself for wasting my time/swearing to never enter the store again...ever. This is the state I have left Ross for the past year. Every time I went in (about once a month) hoping to find a little something at a magnificent price, I left not only disappointed, but generally disgusted with the store. We're talking dirty isles, NO MERCHANDISE, complete waste of time. I really did swear off Ross FOREVER. But, since I have no constitution, I couldn't help but give in to my urge to run in and check out the goods last time I was in town and driving past Ross. I have never been so grateful for my lack of stick-to-it-iveness. I scored! In fact the last 2 times I've been to Ross have been this way. The first, saving grace trip I found, 3 skirts for myself, (the exact skirts I'd been looking for, for months) 3 shirts, cute and cheap, every item of clothing was 7$ or under (beat that DI!) a pair of shoes for Carter, a pair of PJ'S for Ethan, and a matching set of pictures that just happen to be exactly what I've been looking for in my family room (for over a year). Oh yeah, it was a good day at Ross. So I figured I must have just gotten lucky, or actually figured out the day they get their shipments. Side note: the key to a successful shopping trip at Ross is to go on the right day. Find out when they get their shipments and go on that day or the next day. If you wait 4 days, you might as well not waste your time... there's nothing left. All the vultures have already swooped in and ravaged it. So back to my point: I decided to go back on the same day of the week and see if I could score again. Oh yeah! This time I found a pair of tweed slacks 9$, a pencil skirt 7$, two pairs of stiletto heels... in size 51/2 (a size that NO ONE carries!) one of the pair were leather Nine West shoes, normally 80$, oh yeah, got them for 24, a belt to match the other pair of funky stilettos, and a white church shirt for Craig. Oh yeah, I scored. So, thank you Ross, you lovely and sometimes disgusting store. I always see the most random/bizarre people perusing the isles right beside me, but who cares when you get that great pair of name brand shoes for an insanely low price. Thank you, my lovely little discount store for restoring my faith in you, and making it possible for me to clothe my family of 5 on a limited budget and still look cute.