I've just come back from four weeks in the USA (California, Arizona, New Mexico) and did very minimal stuff shopping - even though I did visit the LA Fabric district (huge!) a JoAnn's or two (99c patterns! But only Simplicity!).
I bought three pairs of the same shoes from Re-Mix (in red, olive green and black):
3 yards of fabric from Michael Levine in the fabric district:
One 99c pattern from JoAnn's (pretty similar to the Vogue fauxlero, but nice cowly bit):
and... an iPad fell in my bag. Oops.
I did also eat lots of tasty foods and drove up Route 66 and went on 360 degree roller coasters and saw lovely rocks and the Grand Canyon and mid-century houses in Palm Springs and general silliness in Las Vegas and lovely Santa Fe and Albuquerque and Ham the Space Monkey's suit and capsule and a Sputnik and the site of the atomic bomb testing and Smokey the Bear museum and Zion National Park and Monument Valley and lava and White Sands and and and....