A Consumeritis Close Call

Lately it has felt like I have run out of “wants.”  I have had zero desire to buy anything, even groceries.  I am not sure if it has been the polar vortex or that life has been too hectic but I have noticed it.  I have even felt a little smug about it.  “See, look at me, I am immune to consumeritis.  No new designer handbags, yoga pants or mani-pedis for me.”  That was the case until today.

Today I went to the mall.

I had no intention of visiting the mall, but I really wanted to buy the kids new winter coats for next year. Their current coats are trashed and I wanted to get new ones at end of season clearance prices.  I didn’t want to wait and pay full price in the fall and let’s face it, winter coats are expensive.  I tried to find coats at stand alone sporting goods stores, but they had very little stock left, so we set off to the mall.

I cannot remember the last time I was in a shopping mall.    

Spring and summer stock is in and on display in all its splendour. I was mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of colors and patterns.  We went there with a purpose, but I caught myself casually browsing. Then I found a black and white polka dot silk dress and it was love at first sight.  It was perfect and it was only $40.  I already have a white and black polka dot dress, but this one was lighter and had a fuller skirt and the polka dots were smaller.  It matters.

Then I noticed beautiful pastel summer sling back shoes, soft leather totes, gauzy scarves, shiny new pots, delicate white china, a pillow top mattress, down feather pillows, a new floral table-cloth.  I was ready to break out into a Sound of Music musical number right in the middle of the mall.  “These are a few of my favorite things…..”

After an hour in the mall I was in a complete frenzy.  I was getting high! Whoa!

I did not need or want any of those things yesterday.  What changed?  I don’t consider myself a recovering shopaholic but the desire to shop was intense.  I was shocked at how easily I was sucked in.  I want, I want, I want…

I did buy the kids new coats.  I did not buy anything else but I would be lying if I didn’t admit I was tempted.  I wish I didn’t go to the mall.  I would be sitting here now thinking about the fact that I have lost the desire to shop, still feeling smug about my lack of wants.

Instead, I am sitting here thinking about a black polka dot dress.

Stay out of the mall my friends.

P.S.  I also noticed a number of stores in the mall that had closed up and were empty.  I don’t think it was to remodel either, it looked permanent to me.  I guess retailers are hurting.  Sorry but there isn’t anything I can do anything to help.

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  1. I can see that happening to me too. Even though I have no desire to shop, I’m sure once I’m in the mall and see all the pretty colours I would start to drool.

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  2. A short time ago I received $300 gift card for Macys and I couldn’t find anything I wanted. I’m pretty sure I don’t have consumeritis 🙂

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    1. Oh I would be happy to take it off your hands for you if it would help you out? 😉
      It never fails – I have the money or a gift certificate and I can’t find anything. I remember that there is some website that will trade in or cash out your gift cards. Not sure if it is still around or legit. I miss the olden days when you could buy something and then get the balance in cash.

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      1. I ended up using it for my daughter-in-laws Christmas gift. Took me about 4 months to finally realize I could use it for that purpose. I’ll think of you if I have that predicament again.

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