Somewhere along the line I missed out on the shopping gene. My mom and older sister got double, or even triple dose, but it is noticeably absent in moi. I still remember being dragged along on their shopping trips. I was the kid lying in the front window of the store because I needed to sit somewhere. And I didn’t suffer silently :) There was a lot of piteous moaning and theatrical announcements of the time they were wasting *looking at junk*.
I. Hate. To. Shop.
You’d think I would have grown out of this. One would assume with the onset of a family and all the groceries, clothes, school supplies, etc. that I would at least have acquired a modicum of enjoyment from the process. And it did improve a little when I has someone else to focus my shopping eye on. Indeed, when the kids were very young my hubby and I would fight over who got to go to the grocery store, because it got us out of the house for a while, LOL.
That didn’t last. To this day, grocery shopping is my least favorite activity.
I honestly believe I’m getting worse, though. If I have to go to more than two stores I do a lot of pre-whining before even starting. And forget about trying things on. My patience is used up after one store. I’d be out of luck if it weren’t for the advent of online shopping.
Ahhh. *There’s* my missing gene :)
Online shopping was designed for someone like me. Far away from any decent sized shopping area. Dangerously little patience for going from store to store looking for one coveted item. And volume at my fingertips. Looking for sweaters? No longer do I have to run thirty miles to the two decent stores that would have clothes in my size and taste. From the comfort of my chaise lounge I can travel to a dozen stores and select several articles, order and be done with it in an hour or so. One of my favorite sites has free overnight shipping–there and back. For someone who has to travel 2 1/2 hours to get to a sizable mall, that’s pure magic.
I am a master at online shopping. I’ve bought a steam shower this way. I’ve gotten an antique oak single wardrobe. Antique picture frames, artwork, lamps, rugs, wallpaper…I’ve ordered it all online. Forget about fighting the crowds at Christmas. I do 85% of my Christmas shopping online, too.
There are even clever little apps to help you. Like yesterday, when I got a frantic phone call from one son who had given me their kids’ Christmas lists. It seems that the Ninja Turtle Sewer Lair Playset is *the* toy of the season. (Who knew, right?) He warned me that I better start looking for one. And sure enough, every online store I went to was out. I started calling all the Toys R Us stores in a three hour radius. No luck.
But then I found zoolert.com where you can sign up to get an email and/or text as soon as the item is in. Within the hour I’d gotten a text and landed not one but two of the darn things (one for another grandson). In the olden days I’d be running through tanks of gas and burning my free time going from store to store, town to town looking for the crazy things, which I gotta say would’ve done a number on my holiday cheer.
I’ve gotten much too lazy for that.
I deal with the guilt by buying locally for my sister, aunt, in-laws, and aides. There are some fun gift shops in town. But when it comes to clothing or toys, I’m not robbing Main Street by shopping online, because I can’t find what I need here.
A friend just recently told me about Greg’s Daily Deals. Apparently you can have the top ten deals of the day texted or emailed to you daily. She got all ten Disney Princesses for $36; a china set with place settings for 14 for $8 a place setting; 10% off Uggs…just a constant stream of deals for items you didn’t even know you needed until you saw what a good deal you could get on them :)
What about you? Are you a shopaholic or a shop-a-phobe like me? Do you have any great sites online where you can get wonderful deals? Will you be braving the crowds on black Friday or sleeping blissfully like me?