I’m not most people. I’ll buy a present or two but mostly I buy things that are needed here because the inventory and sales are better this time of year (I won’t discuss the “jack up the price so we can put them on sale” tactics).
Besides I like buying for myself or the house best of all!
I occasionally shop for the beloved husband but he doesn’t seem to NEED things like I do.
With that in mind I have been buying. Then returning. Then buying. Then returning.
First I bought a new wooden angel decoration. It was very attractive and large. I wanted something new. I thought it was showy and would make a statement. Everything we have has been around for a while.
It was 32” tall with painted silver hair and a white dress. It was big for the mantle but worst of all, it looked washed out with our more traditional red, gold and glittery stuff. Back it went.
There was a great sale (20%!) on pants I really like. This was a real sale. I know because I watch for markdowns all year long. It doesn’t happen often. I bought the pant I always buy but decided to try two new styles.
Yikes! When did “straight leg” mean wide and floppy! It looked like my body was on top of stove stacks. Big stove stacks!
Kept one pair, the two new styles went back.
I like Vera Bradley but it’s often pricey except for the ugly prints. Why is it that only the ugly goes on sale?
I was looking for a small satchel-type thing with shoulder straps to carry my Kindle. The goal was to have it attach to my body so I wouldn’t leave the Kindle in doctor’s offices or other places where I am required to wait. (No, I can’t use rivets for that!)
I saw what must have been closeouts because they were genuine Vera Bradley bags and the smallest (what I thought would work) was $15.
Wahoo! That is until I tried putting my Kindle in. It was an inch to short. Boogers! Back it went.
There were some success stories, just not as many. I found a new fleece throw (in the right color – refer to my comment on ugly above) for under $10.
This has all happened this week. It will go on as I try to find needed items at a good price point. Then again, at some point I will tire of it all and retreat back to my computer, books and lattes for the rest of the season!
So do you keep things that aren’t right? Or do you return them?