Tuesday, June 1, 2010

retail therapy

is there really much truth to this statement? think about it - we can easily spend $700 a month on things we really don't need but make us happy. take me for example. the other day I bought a pair of Steve Madden clogs. originally, I wanted the black pair but the store only had them in a 7½. the size 7's were in brown and they fit like a glove...or in this case the glass slipper. now I had the option of ordering the black pair through the store in my size - the only catch was I would get them a week later. there's a little thing called instant gratification that made me reluctant to order that pair and just settle for the brown because I needed them NOW! $140 later I thought to myself, was that really worth it? when I got home I put on the clogs and although I do love them, there is still a lingering thought in my mind that the black pair would look so cute with this outfit I have..

there is a really good chance that in the near future (or week), I will buy a pair of black clogs. because when I see a pair at a store, a trigger will go off in my mind saying that I don't own a pair and I'll end up buying them. because that's what happens every time I go shopping. "I have skinny jeans but I don't have that wash" or "I have black pumps but I don't have black velvet pumps." the bills add up and sooner or later I'm left with a shriveling bank account. so really..is shopping cheaper than a psychiatrist? people go to therapy in hopes that eventually they'll feel better about life. people engage in retail therapy to feel instantly happy about something...and overtime maybe that happiness only amounts to nothing but an unpaid bill. and maybe one cute outfit.

just a thought.


sharonlei said...

I'd have to say that shopping is definitely NOT cheaper than a psychiatrist... but it's definitely much more fun! :) I love the clogs you bought... I've been wanting a (new) pair for what seems like eternity!! I just posted about clogs too.. hee hee.

xx Love & Aloha

Marie said...

Shopping is fun but we should always know our limits.. because if we don't, we would really need to see a psychiatrist! Like what they always say, too much of something is always bad!

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Kevin said...

I like this question you ask yourself: is shopping cheaper than a psychiatrist? Because you say that people go to therapy to feel better about life. Well, that is not completely true. People do therapy for different reasons. I have a daughter who is Treating add disorder and theapy is very important for her. I wish shopping would make her get better, but in some cases there are things that can´t be bought. So it is good that you question this shopping addiction we all have, since we need to be aware of it.
Nice blog,

Vicky said...

Nice blog you have here. I think the the answer to your question is "it depends". I think people have different comfort level for what they think they can afford, and what they are willing to spend on certain clothing pieces or accessories. This comfort level might change throughout your life depending on what is more important to you at the time. I have never been in "therapy" but it can be reasonable in price or it can be very expensive. But I can assure you that the pleasure you get from shopping is not the same as any therapy out there. :)
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