Thursday, July 1, 2010

Big shoppers ...........

We finally got some relief from the heat yesterday. Hubby and I decided to take advantage of the pretty day by taking a quick trip to Prime Outlets in Williamsburg. If you've never been there, it has over 120 designer and brand name outlet stores. It's a shopper's paradise.

We stopped for breakfast along the way and got there around 10:30 AM. We walked and looked until almost 2 PM. The only purchase we made was a cheese slicer for $8.00. The one I had broke several months ago and I missed having one. I saw lots of nice things, but nothing I really wanted. When I have too many things to look at, I get overwhelmed and nothing really jumps out and says "Buy Me". We were hungry, so we left the outet mall and stopped to eat before coming back home.

I used to love to shop and would always find loads of stuff I wanted. The trunk of my car would be full after a trip to the mall. Since I've gotten older, my wants are not as great. I don't make impulse buys. If I see something I think I want or need, I won't purchase it then. I will wait and if I still want it a week later, then I will buy it. That little trick has saved me a lot of money. I also do a lot of shopping on the internet. I can search for the specific item I want and compare prices at different merchants - all while comfortable in my pj's.

Are you a shopper?

11 comments:

Linda said...

Williamsburg, THE Williamsburg? I'd love to visit there again.

Oh yes, I am a shopper. I'm also an impulse buyer. Not good. I spend a lot of time taking things back. However, like you, the older I get the less I see that I want to buy.

Gilly said...

No, I hate shopping. And can't drift along like I used to be able to, now that its so painful walking. So I shop on the internet - its great, and very easy. Too easy!

I have to ration my time on Amazon - books are my downfall!

Becky Mushko said...

I hate shopping, too. And, like you, I usually wait a wek (or more) before deciding if I really need something.

NitWit1 said...

Love to shop. My weakness is new and supposedly "better" whatevers.

I spend a lot of time at the refund desk, mainly for clothes that do not fit. I hate to try on clothes in a store.

Arkansas Patti said...

My impulse buys are tempered by retirement.
Years ago I met a retiree from my work place in Walmart and I asked him how he liked retirement.
He said. "The difference now is that you only buy what you went in to the store for in the first place."
I understood for as someone still working, I had gone in for a light bulb and was ready to check out with a cart full of impulse stuff.
Today, I walk out with the light bulb only.

sweetflutterbys3 said...

Williamsburg is my favorite place. I grew up only a few hours from there (Danville) and spent many a summer roaming around Williamsburg and VA beach. I could still shop until I drop, except I have no place to put anything at home!

Sounds like you had a very nice time!

Sandra said...

I'm a big fan of thrift and charity stores; love looking for "the find". I don't shop malls as they, rarely, have anything I'd like to buy and, usually, it's overpriced and undervalued, imo. We're 15 miles and 2 mountains from a Wal-Mart; about 65 miles from a BAM and having to drive that far means planning my trips. My clothing is purchased via the i-net and catalogs from three stores but, generally, there's not much impulse buying as we just don't need much of anything anymore. Besides, we'd rather save our money for travel.

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Booksnyc said...

I went to William and Mary so am very familiar with the outlets in the 'Burg (although I don't remember there being as many as 120 there - I guess they have expanded). It was always a nice treat/break from studying to hit the shops!

Diane said...

I use to be an "addictive" shopper. If I saw a sweater I liked and could not decide which color to buy --I'd buy (4) in different colors. As I got older, as you said, I shop much less, thinking how much do I really need?

I usually hit the outlet malls for spring and fall, and buy some new clothes for work.