Thursday, February 7, 2013

Clothes Shopping? Ugh. I’d Rather Be Doing Something Else

The other day, as we were heading out, I pointed to the faded knee areas of my jeans and told my husband how desperately I needed to go clothes shopping. He laughed. Then I laughed. Because his jeans are in just as bad shape, and we keep bringing up our ‘desperate need to buy clothes’ regularly, but never do anything about it. It’s become a bit of a joke between us.


Thing is, we both hate clothes shopping, and don’t get to it until we absolutely have to. Sounds a little unusual in my case, doesn’t it? Aren’t women supposed to enjoy hitting the malls to continuously freshen up their wardrobes? Or is it just another ridiculous stereotype? I don’t know. And I don’t care. I just hate doing it. Particularly the part of trying things on. In and out of the fitting room. Over and over again. Ugh. So tiresome. If I could snap my fingers and have whatever clothing I desperately need magically appear in my dresser drawers, I would do it.


The other thing about my hubby and I is that we think overspending on clothing is a colossal waste of money, and would rather spend that cash on something that we truly enjoy; something that will provide us with much more pleasure. He likes tools, electronics and music, so he prefers to pick up something in those areas of interest. I like photography, gardening and reading, and always choose to buy something that supports those hobbies instead of spending whatever limited resources I have on clothing. That is, until my knees come through my jeans and I’m forced otherwise.

And it looks like I’m getting terribly close to having no choice but to hit the stores and do some...gulp...clothes shopping. ...*shudder at the thought*...


Ugh...what a dull chore. I’d rather be doing something else.

What about you? Do you like shopping for clothes?

33 comments:

  1. I quite like picking up new clothes and footwear etc but I wouldn't say I'm at "obsessed" level - yet! We tend to spend most of our spare cash on our joint favourite pursuit and that's holidays. I live on a really tiny little island which is very boring, so the only thing that keeps me going is the promise of a trip away from it! I also spend way too much on books, but it's too late to stop me now.

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    1. Holidays! Now there's a worthwhile cause! I always say that if I could win the lottery...oh...the amount of traveling I would do. I don't need much else. Well, maybe the camera equipment to go along with the trips...but that's it!

      And as for books, I'm with you there. I love them. I couldn't imagine life without that luxury!

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  2. Martha! I know what you mean. I hate it too! Also I can't and won't spend the money they are asking for blue jeans. So, what did we do? Well we buy at Thrift stores for a tenth of the cost of say the Gap. The clothes are in good shape and all one has to do is wash them a couple of times to get that 'mothball' smell off them and presto! You have a new pair of jeans. And then you can buy those important things you really want and need.
    There, a possible solution that really works.

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    1. Oh, I agree. Jeans are way overpriced!! I'll have to check the thrift shop near my home. They have tons of jeans available. I just have to force myself to do the 'fitting room' chore!

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  3. I can handle shopping unlike my better 1/2. I haven't crazy shopped for years now because our life style has changed. But as Jimbo said, thrift stores have amazing finds and hey $5 for jeans...now that's the only way to go now. We have a Salvation Army X 5 stores and Frenchies which is Maritime based...the latter has been here since the mid-70's and you would not believe the cool/new/brands/perfect finds in these outlets. I was always...oh I don't know about thrift, but now I'm in there and out before you know it!

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    1. Oh, Ron! I love Frenchies! In Digby there is the real Frenchies and a knockoff Frenchies. Of course, I wouldn't be caught dead at the knockoff Frenchies! :)

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    2. $5 for jeans? That is my kind of price...LOL... If I find a price like that, I swear I'll buy a dozen or so and not have to shop for years! I'll have to look around the thrift shops after this snowstorm passes...the one headed our way as I write this!

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  4. We don't have a gap at our mall or town

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  5. Try shopping on line. Patagonia sells clothes that last forever and they have a deal with eBay where you can buy used Patagonia clothes - that's how well made they are, Worth a look.

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    1. I will definitely take a look. On line shopping is something I truly enjoy -- and prefer! Thanks, Francie, for the tip!

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  6. I have to be really, really, REALLY in the mood to go clothes/shoes shopping or else I just can't stand it. The mood to shop for clothes/shoes only hits me maybe a couple of times a year. Then I go to West Edmonton Mall, do a marathon run-through of a gazillion stores and go home. Hopefully with some purchases, although sometimes not.

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    1. Sounds about the same as me...a couple of times a year is more than enough. And still, I don't always come home with something. And I'm with you on the marathon run-through in the mall. The faster I'm done, the happier I am!

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  7. Wait, when your knees come thru your jeans the pants are at their prime! You are good for another at least.

    It does remind me of a joke I saw on TV. A young man was sitting on a bench in the mall waiting on his girlfriend. He was seated next to an elderly gentleman. The elderly man asked him how long he has been sitting there and the young man said with a sigh that he had been waiting almost two hours. The old man laughed, so the younger man asked him how long he had been waiting here. The old man said 43 years.

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    1. Hahahahahahaha...love that story with the old man!!!

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  8. I am so over the whole shopping experience (especially clothes and furniture). I do still get excited to go to Costco though.

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    1. There are a few stores that I love to walk through. I think it's the clothes and shoes part that really grates on my nerves.

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  9. too funny! I showed your graph to my husband and we both giggled over that one! I would rather spend my money on beads (shocking I know) and realized the other day I really had to break down and buy a few pairs of pants for work. Sigh... less for beads.

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    1. I'm sure most of us have things we enjoy that we'd rather be spending time and money on. Unfortunately, sooner or later, we do need to go buy some much-needed clothes!

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  10. I loved this blog! This post cracked me up. I only go clothes shopping twice per year and I stock up so that I have to go no more than that :)

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  11. You and I are obviously on the same page Martha :) I've never enjoyed shopping for clothes or shoes -- every so often I force myself to get out there out of sheer necessity, but it's a chore. Same thing for groceries - I bribe my family to go for me whenever I can! There are so many other ways I'd rather spend my time - book stores & secondhand shops are pretty much the only stores I willingly head to.

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    1. As crazy as it sounds, I don't mind grocery shopping as much. Not the shopping really, just walking around. If I could walk around and have someone put the items in my cart, bag them and unload them at home, I'd really enjoy it. But between clothes shopping and food shopping, I'd rather do the latter.

      Of course, book stores, garden centers and second hand shops...well...no complaints from me there! I can spend all day at these places!!

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  12. Hi Martha! Like you, I hate shopping for clothes! I've been telling myself I have to go since retiring in June, and I haven't gotten there yet. I loved the graph - but for me you'd probably have to add five more desperate circuits around the store. Now a bookstore? I go through withdrawal if I don't get there at least once a week. Have a good evening!

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    1. Oh...the bookstore...I get lost in there. And I'm with you on the withdrawal part. I enjoy visiting these stores regularly. I must!

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  13. I hate clothes shopping with a passion. I haven't found a pair of trousers that fits really well in years. Actually, the only ones that ever fit perfectly were the ones my youngest brother outgrew when he was 13 or so.
    At least, I managed to find some nice sweaters for work - on sale, too. I think I won't have to buy work sweaters for a couple of years now! (And for outside of work, I just knit them myself.)

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    1. I hear ya! Pants have become a real problem. Particularly jeans...the low cut ones...really low cut! UGH...I can't stand them.

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  14. I HATE To shop for clothes which is really surprising since I am so incredibly beautiful that everything that I try on just fits me so perfectly!! HA HA
    Seriously, I really do hate it. Luckily, I have a good friend who knows my taste and my size and buys me clothes. Buys me handbags too.
    I love her!

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    1. You are a lucky gal to have a good friend like that!

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  16. Well, I guess you can throw me in there too... I hate shopping, for clothes anyway. I love shopping for books but not clothes. I try and order online if possible.

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    1. Yes, books, we love! That's the kind of shopping I can't spend hours doing. Clothes...not so much. Ordering online seems the way to go. I should try it.

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