Saturday, May 7, 2011
May Shopping Ban: Challenge #1
My first real challenge happened yesterday when I went to Anthropologie. Fortunately, I was with a friend who is also, at least somewhat, on a self-imposed shopping ban, so we could browse together without encouraging any purchases by the other.
Why even go in, you ask?
I like keeping up with what's new, seeing what's out there, comparison shopping, and generally looking at pretty things. Shopping is not just a means to an end for me. It's an experience, a hobby. It's not my only hobby, fortunately, but it is one of them.
So, we went in, poked around, played with some new housewares, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
I did have a moment of panic when this awesome maxi dress (see it on The British Anthropologist here) was marked down a second time to $39.99 (original retail price was $158).
An excerpt of my racing mind:
OMG! $40! How can I pass that up? It doesn't count if it's a steal, right? RIGHT?! And I can wear it all summer! And it's in classic colors! RIGHT?!
Fortunately, they didn't have my size. Which was, weirdly, a relief. I wasn't even faced with a real choice, so I could walk away guilt-free.
And I learned a few things.
Is straight up see through. Def not buying at full price.
While nice leather, are so boring in person, I fell asleep holding them.
Most importantly, I walked out empty handed without feeling like I was missing something. A small thing, maybe, but certainly a success.