Foo Foo Smells


Foo Foo Smells

By Joanie Buettgen

Copyright 2010

Women, teen-agers and small girls all love to shop. Especially when we’re in a bunch. There are many things to accomplish at these get-togethers like spring sales and wonderful new stores to explore.

Last night was such an event. When three close girl friends shop, the theme is divide and conquer.

Shoppers come in all shapes, sizes and techniques. There’s the “methodical person,” who starts at point A and proceeds up and down. Then there’s the “zig-zager”, who is all over the place and is usually confused. Finally, there’s the “can’t make a decision shopper” who has to study the stuff.

We start out at full bore speed, then after about 2 hours of shopping it’s time to eat. It’s a given rule that appetizers are the cheap way go and then we can sample a guilt free dessert.

Afterwards, with full stomachs we now need to walk off our sins. But there seems to be a smell in the air, that’s irritating. “What’s that smell? Corrine asked. Phew…that really stinks, Donna said.

I knew right away, the “Foo-Foo” phonies were at it again. I’m referring to the over-done, over-scented, and utterly outrageous amount of scented merchandise used to entice women into their shops. The inventory of these stores is always geared to the female nose; never to a guy’s nostrils-moose scents would be a hard sell at any outlet.

Gals, maybe we should take note of this and wear some outrageous nose clips into their stores-maybe they’ll get the hint.

 Published: Minnesota Moments Magazine, Carver County Historical Society, Kansas City BBQ Society, Carver County News, and the National Barn Alliance. Memberships: National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Toastmaster’s, Minnesota Newspaper Association, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop attendee. Social Networking: Blog-,, http://www.linkedin/com/in/joaniebuettgen.


3 responses »

  1. You described the perfect shopping trip, except for those godawful smells which give me a headache! I especially like the dessert sampling part.

  2. Joanie,
    Funny! Great job addressing the issue.

    I usually walk through the perfume section with my hand across my mouth and forefinger and thumb pinching my nose. The clerks usually look at me like I’m insane.

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