I think the main reason for not being able to relate to this is that, when I’m in the mood for some serious shopping, I go either with my sister or my mom. If both of them aren’t available, I’d go alone. No one else is allowed when I’m on that serious mode. Something tells me, that when you’re reading this you tend to go ‘Aww’ with a sense of pity and that you are painting a picture of someone lonely, longing for company, wishing that someone was there to accompany me. Sorry to break your bubble but my shopping alone experience is so much fun. Now that is for another day.

Having accompanied my mother in a few of her shopping sprees when I was young, I guess her trait has passed on to me. Before stepping out, I always make a list of things to buy (I have an OCD on making lists!) so that I know what to look for. I ensure it is flexible enough so that I can make changes as and when shopping, at the same time making space for a few last minute surprises at the store. Once the main part of the shopping is done if time permits I take a stroll and enjoy the window shopping. But I wouldn’t barge into a store and demand the attention of all the sales associates present and give them a tough time and walk away empty handed.  I remember stepping into a store with a friend with no intention of buying and still picking up something nice.

So being a part of such an organized and flexible shopping mode, I was surprised to see all the jokes being played live for me. I was able to empathize with all the men and women (oh yes!) who had to bear the brunt of accompanying someone who had absolutely no idea of what to get and spends one hour for one dress. But one aspect of the said jokes were indeed false, the exaggeration, which stereotyped that all women followed that horrible way of shopping. In fact, among people I know, there are many like me who are done with their shopping in record time and there are a few others who take the long route. Since I’ve stated that I’m a person with a good sense of humor, instead of proving people wrong about their generic assumption, I’d rather have a good laugh.

Yesterday, when I was shopping in yet-another-store-that-had-a Sale I overheard this woman asking a sales associate,

“Excuse me, do you have a darker shade of black”

I couldn’t help laughing!

So what are your shopping experiences?

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