Eether, eyether, neether, nyther
yesterday i collected 2 medium-size bags full of clothing that i had determined were not keepers. i took the clothes to a shop that buys (and sells) clothing. i like this place because whatever they don't buy, you can take back home or leave there and they will donate them for you. i always leave the pieces they won't pay for.
when they do select items to resell, they offer you a certain percentage of what they value the items at in store credit, or a smaller percentage in cash. i have always taken the cash.
this time i was in a rush, so instead of leaving the store to do other errands, i hung around and browsed with zero intention to buy, just waiting for them to give me a total. while i circled the racks with complete disinterest, one little top caught my eye. i absentmindedly lifted up the hanger (instinct i guess), and glanced at it. adorable. my size.
i looked over at the "buying" counter and the girls were ready for me. i still had the hanger in my hand when they handed me the receipt to take up to the register. the front register is where you tell them if you will take cash or credit for your clothes. i had less than 40 feet to cross before i had to make up my mind. i am currently not shopping, but here was an opportunity to get something with money i didn't really have, so it was like the top was free... was that shopping? a grey area.
in the end, i took the top and the difference the store owed me. that is, i got a top AND money, in exchange for the clothing i brought in. i made space in my closet, got money, got a top, and spent no money (is this technically accurate?). i should rephrase, no money left my wallet, and new money went into my wallet. if the selling transaction had happened in a store that was separate from where i did the "buying" - well, clearly this would be considered shopping....i'm afraid i broke the rules... it felt harmless at the time, but i think it was a knee-jerk reaction to seeing and wanting something. bad knee. bad bad knee.
what if i had used a gift certificate?
what if i had never been offered cash as an alternative and instead done a straight barter?
what constitutes shopping?
i bought some paper and paint supplies for my other blog, and my friend raised the proverbial eyebrow "i thought you weren't shopping." what? huh? does that count? it felt more akin to buying groceries, at the time.
what about "window shopping" - is that a form of shopping?
(now back to not looking)
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