There are a few things I have learned about myself through my shopping habits, most of which convey that I indeed have a problem. Let’s take a look, shall we?
1. Every week I check the sales at Anthropologie with bated breath and proceed to fill up my imaginary shopping cart. By that I mean I actually fill up my shopping cart with an array of items, ranging anywhere from adorable dresses to whimsical and completely unnecessary cutlery. Rarely do I actually purchase any of these items, unless it’s something I’ve been sale-stalking for months and purchase out of fear that it will go out of stock within 20 seconds of going on sale. (You Anthro shoppers are quick!) I also do this at other stores such as J. Crew, Victoria’s Secret, GAP and ModCloth.com. You should know that my finances in no way support my fictitious shopping sprees, but it just feels good to pretend like I could own them if I reaaally wanted to. Any by that I mean, I would probably have to sell some organs.
2. There are some stores that once entered, there is 0% chance I’m making it out of there spending less than $100. These stores include (but are not limited to): Tarjay (aka Target), Ulta (or Sephora when I’m in the “big city”), Anthropologie (see above), most grocery stores and more often than not, T.J. Maxx. What happens to me in there? It’s like in Vegas when they pump oxygen so you gamble more, they must be fumigating these places with some magical elixir that hits the spending nerve. I turn into a child in the candy aisle, filled with thoughts of “Ohhh I need this!” or “Ahh I want that!” and “oh oh, I’ve been looking for these!” It’s quite a scene. Case and point: I went to Ulta with one thing in mind. I am in a wedding this weekend and I need a tan, badly. I’ve heard great things about (embarrassingly enough) the Kardashian self-tanner. Yet somehow, I wandered out with a bag full of booty of which included multiple hair products and OPI’s new “Shattered” nail polish. Dude…how old am I? …It is kind of awesome though.
3. When I go shopping with other people and on the VERY rare occasion don’t purchase anything, they ask me what’s wrong. Like, several times.
4. I buy a new outfit for every. single. occasion. God forbid someone see me wear the same dress twice. Who would even notice? (But you know… the pictures could end up on Facebook, and people with think OMG Look at Jess rocking that same outfit from 8 months ago! What is wrong with her??) The horror. Half the time these days I can’t remember what I wore a week ago, and last time I checked there wasn’t a swarm of paparazzi following me around town. I think I can give myself a little more wiggle room in the repeat outfit area. But then there’s that party coming up and I really don’t have a single thing to wear…. quick, someone hide the credit cards.
5. I actually find things I don’t remember buying. Chances are I bought it, wore it once, decided I didn’t like it that much and stuffed it in a duffel bag under the bikinis from high school that I’ll never wear again. And then one day, when I feel like torturing myself, I’ll rifle through my bathing suits and discover a top that was once loved and casually thrown to the side. It’s full on clothing abuse, I’ll tell you. I should mention that I have been working on that, and I now donate these items rather than bury them in the closet, I’m not a complete jerk.
What are your shopping habits? Are there any stores where you always overspend? Am I the only crazy one??
PS- anyone interested in a review of the Kardashian tanner?