Hello everybody! Just before my quest to give up clothing purchases for six months, I caved and spent about $50 at Old Navy. Since then, I have debated about returning two items on that receipt that I have not worn.
Earlier this week, I finally bit the bullet and returned a $12 pair of ill-fitting shorts! And that’s not even the best part! Going into any clothing store is just the absolute death of me. I ALWAYS buy something, even if it’s a dinky little keychain that I don’t need but is on sale for 50 cents. So, of course I went in, with the evil little voice in the back of my head saying, “Well, you’re already here, you might as well look around…it can’t hurt.” EVIL! Because being the kind of consumer I am, I ALWAYS buy something when I “look around.” Prior to this no-clothes-buying task, I didn’t even give a thought to the idea of “window shopping.” Looking and not buying?! What’s the point?!
BUT, I am thrilled to say that, while my eye wandered initially upon walking into the Old Navy, I walked straight out once I had returned the shorts! I felt amazing! After that, I did walk around the mall for a bit, but small children on tricycles convinced me that I just didn’t belong there.
I left with a slight giddiness that I’ve never felt at refusing myself browsing time before. I usually get grumpy because of potential items I might have missed if I am rushing through a store, but this was much more sense of relief due to my not breaking my six month ban. I would have felt really bad if this post were to include an apology to all of you.
So I did it. And I am happy. Another small, itty bitty, ever so tiny win on my part. But a win’s a win! And I am now $12 richer for it. 😀