I love shopping. I love the luxurious indulgence of strolling about the stores, picking up things, smelling stuff, feeling fabric and finding a gorgeous new colour. But I have to be in the mood to try stuff on – and a few times I’ve been disappointed by a size or cut, or colour (I love yellow but it holds a violent hatred for my skin tone).
And I love shopping on line, from the comfort of my bed, at 10pm. Stuff I can’t buy in the stores – the PC-ROM game of Lego Star Wars. Lilo & Stitch mini figures. The red sweater from my vintage Snoopy doll that mysteriously vanished in a house move years ago. My favorite shade of Revlon’s discontinued Lip Glide lipgloss (it’s Sheerly Bare).
Yes, there’s a lot of crap there, and I’ve been the victim of some of it. But mostly, it’s a genuine pleasure. Like the white platform sneakers emblazoned with a glittery USA flag, or the Murano glass ring with a stunning blue flower decoration. And my iPod Touch, which I got $100 cheaper than the store-bought ones (which I use to read ebooks I buy online!). I even bought a ballgown, which I wore to my first Harlequin authors Valentines Day ball in 2007. Only $66!
And of course you can sell stuff, although the thrill doesn’t translate quite so much 😀 For me it’s the buying. Right now I’ve got my eye on the first three Harry Potter PC-ROM games, a pair of white platform heels (for next years’ conference) and a leather powder-blue wallet. Way cheaper than the shops. And faster too.