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I went to Menards

March 30, 2011 - Karin Elton
Being an adventurous person, I agreed to go to Menards with my 18-year-old son yesterday. I told him “We even have a reason to go — we have to buy a 30 amp fuse for the garage.”

After circling around the Menards parking lot for a couple of hours we finally found a spot to park and made our way in through the throngs of giddy shoppers.

OMG, it is big. Now I’m not usually daunted by much. I’ve been places. I’ve been to the Walmart in Marshall. But I feared that we would become lost and never found. My son said we could build a house in Menards and there would still be plenty of room for other stuff.

And there is a lot of stuff. I see many shelves devoted to brooms. Another section is many sizes of whisk brooms. You want detergent? There are tons to choose from.

My son and I walked around aimlessly until we came to stairs. Yes, there is a SECOND FLOOR. I believe it is the only business in Marshall with a second floor. I saw an elevator, but we took the stairs. There was a sign warning small children not to go up. I felt a little lightheaded but ventured up anyway tightly holding on to the railing. From the second floor, you can look out over MenardsLand. We spotted the electrical section over on the back forty.

With shaky knees, we made it down the stairs, and treked over to the electrical corner. My son commented that everyone should be given scooters to ride when they come in.

We bought the fuse and found the cash registers. At Menards, they have a separate Entrance and Exit, which is pretty fancy you have to admit.

The cash registers are kind of awkward. You stand behind the cashier with no barrier between you. If she needed her zipper zipped, you could do it. She turns and hands you your change. The receipt comes out down the way and I think you bag your own stuff. We only had the one little fuse so it wasn’t that complicated for us that day.

Ordinarily I wouldn’t even use a bag for that small of a purchase, but I wanted one. I told my son, who is a senior, “You can bring this to school with you tomorrow to show that you went to Menards.”


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