Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Premature Buyer's Remorse

"Premature Buyer's Remorse." Did you know that existed? It does. I've had it. Very recently, in fact.

Before I went grocery shopping last night, I hit up Joann's to find some fabric to make a DIY Moby. I hardly looked at the fabric. I got caught up in the flowers. Those cute flower headbands at the store cost like $5 or $6 and that's just dumb. I see those and think, "I can make those way cheaper." And now that I have a girl, I really want to play with that stuff! Flowers and butterflies and pink and purple.. and cute little bows and barrettes. The barrettes have to wait a little longer.. Newbie needs hair first.. so I'm left with headbands. ANYWAY.
I stopped and stared at the daisies.. (as opposed to smelling the fake roses). I picked up several colors.. a couple different pinks and yellows.. reds and oranges.. even a blue one. And then I needed several colors of buttons of course, and those tiny beads so you couldn't see the ugly thread I would use to sew the buttons on with.. and then I needed a container to put the beads in....

Suddenly I had a whole cart-full of stuff to make flower headbands and barrettes with. I figured I'd just give the extras to my nieces and friends with little girls.. or trendy friends who can totally get away with putting flowers in their hair.

I got to the check-out and there was a line. I didn't make it very far into the line before getting a sinking feeling in my chest. I looked down at my collection of craft-able items and pouted.. knowing full well that I should not buy them. It took me an hour to hoard these things off the shelves.. to pick the best one of each item. Most things were even on sale.. 50% off or whatever. But I couldn't do it, and I spent the next 15 minutes redistributing my flower-making ingredients back to their rightful places in the store.

I don't have time to do this, I thought.
I still have bow-making stuff sitting in my basement, I remembered.
Bond would kill me, I acknowledged.

I still stand fake-flower free.

And then today I went shopping while the boys were at school. First I went to Mardel's. I'd spent so much time in Joann's last night, that by the time I made it to Mardel's they had closed. I looked at all kinds of homeschooling things, lots and lots of books to review over the summer and really solidify their pre-math and pre-reading skills before we leap into it in the fall. Of course they had a ton of clearance things... I did pick up some $5 Veggie Tales movies for Tank and Sunshine's birthdays.. Tank's is next week. And I found a good Preschool Bible book to do with the kids over the summer to help get me into a nice homeschooling habit. But I stayed away from the music CD's, the new bibles, the very tempting "Jesus Loves Me" baby clothes. I did good.

Old Navy was just down the strip from Mardel's. I'd picked out 3 $10 outfits for Newbie before putting them back and walking out. I sent some time in Hobby Lobby as well this morning, drooling over the fabric and wishing they had some headband ribbon so I could have an excuse to go get some flowers....

I hit the mall next - I know.. did a ton of shopping in one day - and I wanted to see Gymboree. I love their stuff, but decided almost instantly that it was way too expensive. I'll have to wait for those things to go on clearance!

I love shopping, especially without the boys. But it seems like every time I'm about to buy something I have remorse and put it back. It's a depressing feeling, and it's probably the reason I don't have any new clothes that keep up with today's styles.


That's my excuse for dressing like a slob.

I get premature buyer's remorse.


I wonder if there's a cure for that?


Aaron, Andrea, Malachi and Rachel said...

Hmmm. funny story but very relatable. I am reminded of many times with malachi and early in our marriage I had that...and I am sure I've had that a few times since. It's not a bad thing....but you just have to learn to shop used clothes/ebay/and major clearance ahead for the kiddos. That's all I've done for years. Most things cost from $1-$5 for an outfit for my munchkins. I am the one who's watching those clearance racks for next years snow boots/coats/pants...you name it! Super cheap and or used is what we do...and no that that's the right price for how long they will wear it! I love your blog...fun to read.

LilBit said...

Ha ha. :) Thanks! I'm beginning to do the clearance shopping for future years. The used clothing isn't working out so well for the boys anymore because they're getting to the age where things are worn out with too many stains and holes. But I can handle a $3 shirt from JC Penny's. ;) Definitely for Newbie we're doing used and borrowed things. She has a few new items.. I can't help that. I've always wanted to dress a girl and it's only fair (even if it's unnecessary.. and fairness has absolutely nothing to do with it, really) that I get to buy a few new pieces for her in each size. I really love the new kid prints and stuff right now too.. the bright colors and big chunky flowers... :) I could go on and on. Hopefully I will master clearance shopping soon! And I'm definitely gonna hit up some garage sales this summer!! Thanks for your comment! I'm so glad you're reading. :)