This weekend I knew not of full price items or spending exorbitant amounts of money on clothes. This weekend I knew only of taking an additional 50% off already reduced prices, an additional 20% off of the entire purchase, and more surprises at the register. This weekend I indulged in shopping.
The more I want things, the more likely I am to purchase them. Therefore, I made a list of necessities and desires. For example, before the weekend, I only had 5 acceptable pairs of shorts. Now I have 7! And I bought them both for less than the sale price because of surprises at the register! I have enough shorts for a week without repeats. I know the high-waisted shorts have been in now for a while, but I’ve never been into trends. My two new shorts were mid-rise so that I can continue my pattern of being “so last year.” Even last year, I was “so two years ago,” and high-waisted shorts go with crop tops. I think I have one? maybe. No need to show off my mid-riff to random strangers. I’m not an attention whore.
I don’t know if shopping makes me a materialist. I did buy necessities, like the shorts, but at the same time I bought a sweater for winter because it was 50% off. I didn’t need the sweater then, and I don’t now. I suppose that was the point of the sale: to start moving merchandise early and kick off the fall clothes season. It was a great deal, and I stand by the purchase. But I do wonder whether I’m a pawn of the retail industry, whether I’m just a typical American seeking sales and spending more just because it’s a “great deal.”
I’ll think about this the next time I go shopping, but on the other hand, I do need these shoes….