I realized I had a problem over a year ago. Sure, it was something that my friends were always teasing me about. “Ha, ha. Liz shops too much.” “Liz’s favorite pastime is shopping.” “Did you make any money working for the Crap?” (BTW, the answer to that question is yes because after a while, I was SO over the clothes and I continue to be over them).
Over a year ago, I had shopped the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual sale. People who know me know that I live for this sale and practically countdown the days until the sale. It is also known as Liz’s Unmentionables Stock Up Sale. So, during one particular VSSAS, I had spent quite a deal of money. I left the items in the shopping bag. And because I have an overabundance of unmentionables from previous Vicky’s sales, I completely forgot about my purchase. In fact, I so forgot about my purchase that I was totally and entirely pleasantly surprised when that shopping bag was discovered as I prepared to move about 3 months after the sale. There were my undies and other items, neatly packed away in tissue just as I had left them.
Clearly, this incident means two things:
- One, obviously I don’t need new underwear
- Two, obviously I shop so much that I forget about my purchases.
Ok, so I have a problem. Where does this problem come from? Why do I shop so much, especially for things that I clearly don’t need? Is it because I am female and a love for shopping is considered an inherently female characteristic? Is it because I hated shopping for clothes as a child so I feel that I have some catching up to do? Or maybe it’s because (as my therapist has told me repeatedly) I’m a control freak and somehow shopping makes me feel that I am in control of something….(maybe I haven’t thought this one through)?
So, yesterday, I stayed home sick from work. Following my morning doctor’s appointment, where I was poked and prodded to no end in an effort to find out what was making me ill, I turned on my laptop and did some online shopping. I knew that shopping would make me feel better. In fact, I online shop every time I need to kill some time. Somehow, I ended up on endless.com (a site that my friend Kattie turned me on to and it’s great because they PAY YOU for next day shipping) and proceeded to buy two pairs of shoes. Before you start thinking, oh two pairs of shoes aren’t bad, I should tell you that in the last two weeks I have purchased 5 pairs of shoes—only one pair absolutely needed to be purchased. Here is what I bought:
The brown kitten heels are cute, no? But the leopard print flats? This is the third pair of leopard print flats I’ve purchased (one of which is currently on ebay because I clearly don’t need two pairs of leopard print flats). However, this third pair is pointed toe and I love pointed toe flats.
I’d love to hear from the blog peeps about this. Am I just like any other girl who loves to shop or do I need to check myself into shoppers rehab like stat?