January 29, 2015
As I mentioned in my last post, the stores are moving the seasonal merchandise faster than the weather in my area. So instead of shopping for real, I pretend to shop as practice for what I will purchase once the time is closer for me to actually sport the item.
If I tried doing this a few years ago, I would get into a lot of trouble because my “pretend” items would somehow magically make their way home to me. But now I am farther along the road to recovery and can handle touching new items, without having to actually purchase them.
Here’s how I pretend to shop:
- To pretend shop I do not log into a store website with my account, I remain as a Guest.
- I ‘shop’ for items that I like. For the first wave, I just add what catches me eye.
- I review my shopping cart with a critical eye, and try to make a capsule from my new purchases. Outliers are removed (often I see a trend with the items).
- I review my shopping cart again, this time eliminating all repeat items (ie. two blazers, only keep one, 3 pairs of jeans, again keep 1)
- Once my cart has been streamlined to a small collection of new pieces, I ask myself what I already own that can fulfill the same function.
- I review my cart, one last time, this time asking myself what I would remove from my wardrobe to make room for the new purchase, often I end up purging a few more items from my cart.
- Most important, I log out and do not save the session.
My pretend shopping let’s me practice creating a capsule as well as reviewing potential purchases with a critical eye. Usually by the time I’ve reviewed by potential items for step 4, I’m already tired of thinking about them critically and need a break from shopping.
Have you ever shopped without making a purchase?