A few days ago, I went to my local Trader Joe’s, and found a sign outside of its entrance announcing its Easter Egg Hunt event:
Sunday, April 20th, 2014, Easter Sunday
Ages 3 or younger: 7:50 am
Ages 4+: 7:55 am
Since we were not able to make it to any of the other local Easter Egg Hunt events, we decided to go to this one even though it means getting up early.
We arrived at about 7:40 am. The parking lot was about half full so finding parking was not a problem. At that time, there was about 40 people in line waiting at the door. At about 7:43 am, an employee came out and he allowed people with kids 3 or younger to enter the store. Once these people were in there, everyone else was allowed in. I looked at my watch and it was only 7:45 am. The eggs were placed randomly inside the store, but all within plain sight. That meant that people who went in early had a huge advantage, as they could pretty much grab whatever they wanted. I saw a couple of people with eggs overflowing from their baskets! As it turned out, we got in at about the last possible second to get an egg and my kids managed to grab one egg each — A fairly disappointing showing. Fortunately, as we walked out of the store, an employee saw how empty my kids’ baskets were, and he gave 4 eggs to each of them, so each has 5 eggs to take home. That thoughtful gesture by the store made this a good Easter Egg Hunt for my kids. By the way, the Easter Eggs all had a piece of candy (some with two pieces) inside them.
My takeaways are as follows:
1) Next time there’s an Easter Egg Hunt at Trader Joe’s, we will arrive much earlier to get a good spot in line so we can get in the store early.
2) It would have been nice if there could be a limit on the number of eggs each person can get. Even though that might not be enforceable, it might stop some people from grabbing as many as they could and give other kids a chance to get some eggs.
Kudos to Trader Joe’s for hosting this event on Eastern Sunday, right before the store opening time at 8:00 am!