You all know I love shopping. There is nothing like a new purchase to perk me up. It’s cheaper than a shrink! I’ve been having a harder time finding what I’m looking for. I have finally put my finger on the reason.
I like to shop in the season! In fact you SHOULD shop in the season! You know exactly what you need. You are wearing the stuff that goes with it.
The first rule of shopping is that you must wear the new item within 24 to 48 hours. Buying something for next month will allow you too much time. You will forget you bought it or where you put it. Worse yet, you will second guess your decision and return it.
Our retailers make us shop a season in advance. Summer started on Saturday and the final clearance on summer clothes is on with fall clothes cluttering the aisles. I am not ready to try on fleecy shirts. It’s 90 degrees out there!
Last week I decided that I need a new pink tee-shirt. I wanted a nice clear pink not too pale and not too bright and no sequins — something for jeans and everyday wear. How hard is that? Very hard indeed.
A lot of this year’s colors are washed out or dusty looking. The best colors must have sold out in March while I was still shoveling snow. How can you even think of buying summer clothes when you can’t wear them within the 48 hour timeline?
I was in several stores. I found exactly what I wanted on the LL Bean website (not the store). Alas, it’s on clearance in larger sizes only. There are none available in the stores.
Six weeks ago I was wearing flannel shirts with socks. I had no interest in summer clothes. I wasn’t even sure we were going to get a summer. Why waste the energy if it wouldn’t happen?
Every time I put something light weight on, I would end up wearing my hooded sweatshirt on top.
It isn’t only LL Bean, it’s a retail conspiracy. I am not sure of the strategy but it must have to do with money. Logic doesn’t play into it at all.
A while back I needed a swimsuit in the early fall. What a production! They were no longer available in the stores and I had to resort to the internet. Now we all know how much trouble it is to buy any swimsuit. You have to try several hundred on before you find one that doesn’t make you look like Attila the Hun or R2D2 or doesn’t squish your boobs or pop them out. (The last one is very unlikely to happen here but it could!)
It’s even worse on a website. Which size should I buy? What do the colors really look like? How big is the print? One piece or two? I ended up buying from Lands End in basic black because I could accurately predict what black would look like. Sort of….
I have put a note in my January 2015 calendar to look for a clear pink tee-shirt. In the meantime I will keep a lookout for a stray one that someone returned. I have as much chance of that happening as I have of winning the lottery – the really big one.
Given my druthers, I’d prefer to win the lottery. Then I could buy a tee-shirt company and have any I want!