There was a time when I’d do my shopping after work on a weekday. The malls are quieter and there’s always something a little naughty about shopping on a weekday. A little like a forbidden fruit because week days are for work you know, not play.
These days, I hardly go to the malls anymore but last weekend on a bit of a whim, I decided to brave myself and hit the closest mall. When I managed to get parking almost immediately upon entering the car park, I knew it was going to be a good day. And it turned out it was!
I was there to find a pair of black heels for work, and I managed to within about half an hour of looking. You know what they say right? If you find what you are looking for within an hour of browsing, it’ll be a good shopping day. It was too.
But the thing was, I was shopping alone. That allowed me to take my time or breeze through irrelevant sections of the department store as I saw fit. At the end of a good shopping day which included that said pair of shoes (at half price yo!) and some new makeup and lots of lovely groceries (yes, grocery shopping makes me VERY happy – got a problem with that? 😛 ) I found myself strolling back to the car, pretty much laden down as in the pic above and thinking about whether it was more fun to shop alone or with friends or family.
What say you?
I like browsing and window shopping with friends or family. It’s fun to pick out clothes or shoes that we might not otherwise notice, or play with makeup colours and just have fun while at it. Sometimes, if I’m shopping for clothes I like having a second opinion, especially if I’m feeling on the fence about a particular item.
But when I want to do proper serious shopping, I prefer to shop alone. I don’t feel like I’m taking up anyone’s time nor do I feel like anyone is obliged to keep me company while I hmm and haw over choices and colours and design. I sometimes take a while to decide if I want something and in the case of shoes, I ended up walking through the shoe department 3 times before I spotted the shoe I eventually bought. If I shop alone and feel on the fence about a particular item, I usually don’t buy it. Learned this the hard way after some duds 😛
If I had been with someone, I may not have taken as much time to browse. If said friend is just tagging along they may feel bored or tired or just uninterested in general. I don’t blame them. If I’m on the receiving end, that’s exactly how I’d feel. I also find that when I go out shopping with people, I always end up not buying anything LOL
My sister tells me I’m horrible because when she’s out with me, she ends up doing all the shopping while I don’t buy anything 😀 But when I’m on my own with the intention to buy something, I usually find I’m better that way. I find what I want, buy it and leave. I don’t infringe on anyone’s time, I buy something I like (never mind that others may not) and I go where I want and see what I want without having people dragging their feet after me.
Do you prefer shopping alone or with friends or just with someone?
As I said, for actual proper shopping, I prefer to go at it alone. It’s more liberating. But if I’m browsing then I like doing so with friends or family. How about you? 😀