There aren’t a lot of certainties in life, but sales are one of them. They arrive on time every start of a new year. We fill out our wardrobes with more clothes, more shoes – more stuff we will never use.
Don’t get me wrong, I know shopping is fun, and I used to enjoy going around buying pink shoes I would never wear. What is not fun is having your house invaded by that stuff you ultimately don’t even like. Even less fun is having to move all those useless things in another country.
When we moved from Paris to London, we got rid of a lot – still not enough to make our move easy. I had a pile of unworn clothes bought on sale mostly because they were cheap(er). They all ended up in a charity shop, of course (thanks, minimalism!). Unfortunately, I am still haunted by all the expensive things I bought that I can’t bear just to throw them away. Getting rid of them is one of my New Year’s resolutions and I am committed to eliminating every single item of unwanted clothing by March.
Let’s get to the point – here’s why sales are our enemy:
- We buy stuff we don’t need, just because it’s cheaper. Although, it would be even less expensive if we didn’t buy them at all.
- We always end up spending more than we thought we would. Sales are not that cheap after all.
- Most of the time we can’t return our purchases.
- The fear of missing out is real during sales. It becomes so stressful that it’s not enjoyable anymore.
- They make us hateful. I bet you can’t go inside Zara during the sales and not want to kill somebody after 10 minutes.
In conclusion: let’s keep shopping fun and buy consciously, shall we?
Photo: Mike Petrucci