Something in my life has changed - I've reached my retail saturation point. It isn't that I don't need anything, it's that I don't want anything. I don't even want to try on the things that I need. I look and can't be bothered to try it on. I look and decide I don't really need it. I look and intend to return to it later and then never do.
I went shopping on "Black Friday" with the girls and decided to look for a couple of things I really do need:
- A new sports bra;
- A wallet.
As I cruised through the stores, I put these things in my basket. After looking at the long lines at checkout, I put these things back:
- Luster baking sugars from King Arthur Flour.
- A Miami Dolphins shirt from Alyssa Milano's new NFL clothing collection.
- Asymmetrical sweater jacket from Calvin Klein jeans.
- Lace Felina bra on sale rack in my size (that's a rare, rare thing.)
- $5 Old Navy t-shirts for workouts.
- A Cuisinart hard-boiled egg cooker.
These were things I did buy:
- Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Iowa Pine kit. Makes me want to clean, people.
- A dog rain jacket on sale for $4.99.
- A $15 wallet.
At least I replaced my wallet.
What does it all mean? Why is it worth blogging about? There must be some deeper commentary that needs to be made about consumer wants, needs, and the gap between them, but that just isn't coming to me. There is something there about buying before you think too hard - if you have to stand in line, what is truly "worth it" becomes immediately obvious.
I just don't want to Christmas shop any more. I don't want to send cookies this year, or do my special photo cards. I'm not depressed, I'm actually looking forward to the holidays, I'm just trying to think of things that will make it a good Christmas for me. Top of that list? A massage.
And that's what is on my mind this morning.