Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Confessions of a Shopophobic

My name is Norma and I am a shopophobic.






It's true. I'm a disgrace to my gender. I hate shopping. I do not have a closet full of clothes and two hundred pairs of shoes. I don't get all the important fashion magazines every month. I refuse to waste time "browsing."  I don't spend hours checking every rack in every store or holed up in dressing rooms trying on one outfit after another. I haven't worn a dress in twenty years and probably will never wear one again. I won't wear anything that isn't comfortable. I think designer fashion looks silly. 






I am a shopophobic. One who does not wish to be cured.


Every few months, I rant about how much I hate shopping--usually after someone tries to make me shop. They always fail, by the way. Sometimes, I'll see someone wearing something I like and ask where they bought it. More often than not, though, I'll just find something I like and buy several. I recently got a pair of jeans on sale and they were such a perfect fit, I bought a second pair. I may buy a third pair if they're still on sale. Last year, I found a T-shirt I liked at Old Navy. I bought five in different colors.


Shopping has become a dangerous activity in my neck of the woods anyway. At one of our upscale malls, the St. Louis Galleria, there have been muggings on the parking lot. In the past month, one woman had her purse stolen while she was trying on clothes. The guy just reached under the door and grabbed it. In a separate incident, another woman was approached by two people claiming to have a gun--in the mall during regular business hours. They forced her to withdraw cash from two ATMs before letting her go.






I think I'll buy my clothes online from now on....


http://www.examiner.com/offender-awareness-in-st-louis/forced-atm-withdraw-st-louis-galleria



26 comments:

  1. I hear ya, sister. I hate shopping too, which is inconvenient when I have five daughters all of whom have their grandmother's "shop until your feet bleed" gene.

    Keep safe!

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    1. Thank you, Stacey! It's good to know I'm not alone!

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  2. My mother's not one for shopping, at least not clothes shopping. She'll get what she needs when she needs it, but she finds the window shopping thing not to her taste.

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    1. I think your mother and I would get along VERY well!

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  4. If I like something, I'll buy it in all colors so I don't have to worry about what fits with what. I used to love to shop, but not anymore. Besides I can't wear heels - I'll break my neck.

    ;-) Cyn

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    1. I refuse to wear heels! I bought a pair of dress pants--black pinstripe--that need to be altered because I'd have to wear heels with them otherwise.

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  5. I like shopping...I just don't like buying for my size...so, therefore, I don't do it very often. If I was back to the size I was pre-pregnancy, I would love shopping...alas, I haven't made it back down there yet...

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    1. Neither have I...and Collin just turned 33!

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  6. Norma, you already know how feel about shopping. It gives me anxiety and heart palpatations. There are too many choices and the prices are way too high.

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    1. I'm so happy to hear I'm not the only one who hates it! I find it unbearably boring!

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  7. I think you recently wrote about the chance of lightning hitting us as having higher odds than winning the lottery--well, I don't usually wish bad on anyone, but these criminals who are stealing purses at the mall in broad daylight--sheesh--isn't it time for a little thunder and lightning around your parts?

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    1. We have storms coming. Maybe we'll get lucky!

      The odds are, however, 1 in 85,000 (that's what I heard on the news, anyway).

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  8. I hate shopping. Nothing fits right. Pant suits or casual are my choice.

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    1. I'm a jeans junkie. Even my shorts are denim!

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  9. I'm also not a shopper! I actually get physically ill when walking through Lowe's while my husband looks for the right size bolts or tries to discern the correct paint "sheen" and "color". :(

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    1. I once went shopping with a fellow author for clothes for a trip to New York. I love my friend dearly, but by the time that day was over, we were barely speaking. The whole process made me angry!

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  10. Shopping sucks. My wife claims I'm a woman in most ways, but, ironically, we both hate shopping.

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  11. I detest shopping. As for the mugging risk- I carry a knife and a sharp elbow!

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    1. I'm so relieved to see that so many people feel the same way I do. I was getting really tired of being guilt-tripped into doing something I hate!

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  12. Shopping is, at best... profoundly tedious.

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  13. Am I the only one who loves shopping???

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    1. Almost, Christina! Beth says she loves to shop. You may have to assume responsibility for keeping the malls from drowning in red ink!

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