It really is rare that I take the time to go out to a store and shop for myself by myself. If I’m running to the outlets, I almost always have a kid in tow and we are headed straight to Stride Rite and back home. I cannot tell you the last time I was in a shopping mall other to return an item I ordered in the mail. Stroll around and browse? HA! What’s that?
Lately, I browse catalogs. While sitting at basketball. While sitting at piano lessons. While sitting at swim lessons. While sitting in the school drop-off line. Blah. Blah. Blah. And I somehow am now on every catalog list. I get new ones weekly. A few have sucked me in. I am an online shopper.
Four weeks ago I wanted to go look for a new spring dress. Events are coming up. A spring wedding to attend. Easter. Stella’s First Communion. I wanted to add a bit of color to my wardrobe. So I decided to go shopping. Two weeks ago, I still had not made it anywhere that sells dresses so I searched the stack of catalogs. Then I sat down to my computer. And ordered 12 dresses – 6 actual styles each in two different sizes. And I waited. Last week they arrived and I tried them on in the comfort of my own bedroom. My fashion consultant watched closely. And I also got a back-up opinion from a girlfriend who was available via text. These two dresses won. Now I have 10 to return to the store.
I do this a lot now. I order an insane amount of clothes online and then return 90% of them. I wouldn’t get any shopping accomplished otherwise. This is definitely not for everyone. You have to be good at keeping track of returns.