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best stores for disabled/wheelchair shoppers

submitted on June 13, 2010 by fluffernutter in "Stores / Merchants"
I am wheelchair bound and hence do a lot of online shopping. But once in a while, my 13 year old craves the real life shopping experience. Unfortunately the stores she likes (maurice's, rue 21, forever 21, hot topic, claires) are absolutely miserable in a powerchair. there's no room between racks!!

I end up sitting near the register with her bringing things to me. yesterday at rue 21 I was completely in the way, pulled a sale sign down accidentally and ran into numerous clothing displays.

are there any stores for young ladies that won't make their wheelchair bound mama's claustrophic?

  • 66111
    Posted by webbyone2010 on June 13, 2010
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    If you have an H&M in your city, it might be worth a trip. Not only do they have inexpensive and cool clothes, but they have wide aisles. I took my blind mother in there with no problems.
  • 66126
    Posted by deby32953 on June 13, 2010
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    What a great question as I too use a wheelchair or scooter due to parapalegia from MS. An outing to the store's a major event. Luckily my 11 yr-old hates shopping & so do I, now! I make lists, w/coupons & send hubby out (He called me 11x from Walgreens yest. Confused !) Trying on clothes is a nightmare so I order online & end up returning 75%. Most stores DON'T accommodate wheelchairs or scooters. Aisles are too crowed or narrow. My last shopping trip to Target, they even had aisles totally blocked by permanent beams (Sample aisle)! I end up moving or knocking racks over when I can't get through & the clerks are always apologetic but it's embarassing. My Target excursion was the 1st in 6 months & will be my last for a while. I renewed where your shipping costs are reimbursed up to $10. each order, same store 12x, once each day, & pay return shipping. It's like $70 per year but pays $540. yearly. I used up $540 in 10 mths & had to wait 2 mths for renewal. Guess some join but don't use it all otherwise they'd go out of business w/disabled shoppers like me!
  • 67036
    Posted by fluffernutter on June 19, 2010
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    H&M used to be one of our favourite stores when we lived in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately we're on the East Coast of Florida now and the shopping isn't what it was up there! Add to the mix that I can't drive.

    I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. Going to check out and checking to see when someone can take our daughter and me to the nearest H&M-Road Trip!! (Hopefully there's a BTS sales tax holiday we can plan around.)
  • 67134
    Posted by deby32953 on June 19, 2010
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    Freeshipping takes a little work since you have to send in your shipping confimations after typing in information for each order but it's worth every penny! You also have to remember to go through them when you go to websites. You can actually go through them, then through BING, or for their cashback. As long as you start w/them it will show up in your "Click history" & you can claim the shipping, handling & even return shipping back. You can even upgrade shipping & they'll pay up to $10 per order on 1 order per day from same co. You can place as many orders per day as you want but 1 from same co. per day. I thought it was scam but I guess people sign up & forget to use or feel it's too much trouble & you have to submit receipts within 30 days so they make money w/people who sign up but don't follow through. Then they have to pay out completely w/other homebound people like me. I was afraid they wouldn't let me renew this year but they did! It's a great deal!!
  • 67298
    Posted by fluffernutter on June 21, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Deby, I can't find a way to send you a message separate from this discussion. I also have MS and would love to email or talk with you.
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    10 5 1
    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 21, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Too bad it costs Sad

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