Although I rarely buy anything from stores, I have to admit the shopping in New York is amazing. Usually on weekends, on a day like today, I'll just walk around a neighborhood and go in the shops for inspiration. Everything is so beautiful here. There's nothing that isn't tempting to buy. I'll go into clothing shops, furniture shops, plant shops, book shops, candle shops, jewelry shops...each has such a unique point of view and customer in mind. Even if I'm not necessarily "that customer" it doesn't mean I don't love taking it all in and appreciating good design and thought into marketing.
It can get kind of tedious though. Always looking, never buying. Part of the reason I've always thrifted is because I secretly think if I didn't, I would honestly be a shopping addict. I've never had a lot of money. I still don't have a lot of money. But basically I'm a hoarder and love to buy things because of the way they look, the way they make me feel, and the memories I associate with them. You could say thrifting scratches the shopping itch I have. I satisfy myself buying something and it's within my budget. As a general rule, I usually try tp avoid stores so I'm not tempted. I didn't use pinterest for the longest time because it actually made me sad looking at all the things I couldn't have.
It's not even about "wanting" the things that really bothers me either. What is even more dreadful is the indecision I face when I'm given too many choices about beautiful things I want. I am the most indecisive person on the plant when it comes to shopping. I tell everyone not to come with me because they're better off (really, I'm not even trying to be humble or trick you with reverse psychology. It really is in your best interest not to come shopping with me). I will stand there for 10 minutes at the grocery store trying to choose between two tomatoes that are both .99 and look the exact same...but one of them has to be better and I have to pick the right one, right?!? Now if I am that indecisive about things like tomatoes, can you imagine me trying to decide between beautiful dresses, good books, and cute plants? I honestly make myself sick trying to decide!
And when I do decide, I spend the whole evening in distress worried that I made the wrong decision and can't get that other item out of my head. So usually I just end up returning said bought item because I feel like I wasted my precious money that I rarely have to even buy extra things with. Back to square uno.
Also. Never get me gift cards. Because although they seem like a good idea in theory (she can pick whatever she wants!), they're actually worse than spending my own money. Because I think "great! now's my chance to get something I've wanted and not blow my money on it!" What could be better than that? Wrong. What ends up happening is nothing is good enough to spend this ~sacred~ gift card on because it's the only chance I have to buy whatever I want. And then I won't.
I give up.
This is why I thrift. Things are non-refundable. lol
With much love,