The Funky Flea - Shopping and Shipping in the 21st Century

Christmas is nutty. It’s a perfectly good excuse to buy lots of lovely pressies, and make sure that something gets tucked away for yourself as well. Heck, the shopping is good, the dollar is strong and more often than not, the price is right.

I am a big fan of The Funky Flea - and am waiting patiently (or not so patiently, as I am Instant Gratification Girl) for an outstanding quilt.

The only downside to the Flea is that they don’t yet have tracking for shipments, and I realize now how fundamentally important that feature has become in the online retail world. The other night, the wiz was able to pinpoint the exact arrivals of 4 pressies, and we made arrangements to make sure that one or the other of us was home to accept delivery and ply the *reindeer* with bottled water and goodies. I like our UPS guy. :-) I fee like he should come to our Christmas, he knows what everyone’s getting….

I remember a time, way back when - and folks thought that the internet was going to mark an end to postal services; what, with everyone getting all cosy with email.  Who would have thought that the internet would have created an even BIGGER dependance on postal, expedited delivery and private shipping? I even get online catalogs snail-mailed to me now, that I pour over with a cuppa Earl, marking and circling the interesting finds, and ordering them online when ready. It’s a lovely setup. Thank heavens for UPS and Canada Post and FedEx.

Tis the season.