Apr. 19th, 2011

Shopping

Apr. 19th, 2011 08:36 pm
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Some people enjoy shopping. I endure it.

Well, perhaps I should qualify that. It depends on what I'm shopping for, how much money I actually am planning to spend, and whether I'm shopping alone or with other people. I can browse all day in a bookstore, especially in the company of another bibliophile or two. The same goes for poking around in kitschy little specialty shops with like-minded friends whose tastes run at least somewhat parallel to my own. Hunting for vintage items in secondhand stores is fun too, especially with someone else along. And if I'm ever given an unlimited credit card and turned loose in IKEA...

But yeah. Basically, shopping with friends can be a social event, even if I don't buy anything, and that makes it fun. Shopping alone, for stuff I need? Bleah.

I treat it like a mission: get in, get what I need, get out again with minimal time and effort. I can't stand spending hours in a store or a mall by myself, just browsing. Unless there's something specific I've come for, I won't even go there. So it was with some surprise that I found myself actually enjoying my latest trip to Target.

I needed new pants for work. More to the point, I needed new pants because the only two pairs of good dress pants that had fit me for a while were now too big. Not just a little loose, but way loose. Baggy, even. And for some reason, while I did hang onto various pairs of smaller jeans and pants, I couldn't find the box with the pants in it. Only the jeans.

So I went shopping. Couldn't find what I really needed in thrift stores and eventually got tired of trying. Conceding the issue, I headed for Target. With a smile on my face, despite the prospect of added expense. Spent money I really hadn't planned to spend on clothing, and enjoyed it. Oh, I know I'll probably find the box with my smaller dress pants now that I've bought some, but that's okay.

It was a fun experience. Next time, I might even bring a friend.

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