Thursday, July 21, 2011

Impulse Buys

By Ellery Adams

I don't know why, but lately I've been succumbing to a shopping no-no: impulse buys. I usually succumb to this temptation the most at Target, but since summer began, I've been buying things all over the place without much thought...until the bill comes!

I started off small with a pair of flip-flops that I didn't
really need but were super cute. Then there was the kids' movie I hadn't seen but figured was worth $5 and the pack of gum positioned near the registers. (I read that candy distributors heavily rely on impulse buys from customers waiting in line to check out).

From there, things got more serious. A cookbook on the art of baking, some freeze-dried blueberries that were more expensive than the real deal, a gigantic cat tree to keep the kittens happy,
and a hand-forged heron metal sculpture that I bought from a fair (the artist was demonstrating his work and I thought it was amazing).

I like most of the things I bought, but realize that I didn't need any of it. Not really. Then again, we don't need ice cream, do we? Sometimes, an impulse buy makes us smile or keeps us sane. I just need to balance what I need with what catches my fancy.

What was your last impulse buy?

25 comments:

Heather J. said...

I have to start controlling my impulse buys too. Like the new Lancome lip gloss I got today and so didn't need.

Anyhow yours aren't that bad and the kitties really seem to like their tree. Mine used to love theirs but I got sick of looking at it and was a bad mama and gave it away.

KellA said...

Yep I often wonder how many pairs of yoga pants is enough!!!!

Linda McDonald said...

My last impulse buy was a shade tent for the backyard. I love patio furniture, tents, umbrellas, little tables for the yard, sculptures for the yard, tikis. It's terrible when all the outdoor stuff ends up in the stores because I love all of it.

Katreader said...

Most of my purchases are impulse buys! But life wouldn't be any fun if I only bought what I needed! My last impulse buy was a carob coated dog treat for Sam...well 2 of them...at the feed store. I did say no to the fancy yogurt parfait at Wegmans, so I can show some restraint...sometimes.

Lynda said...

I bought that same cat tree for my cats, although mine is already shredded in many places. I've now come to look at it as a necessity rather than in impulse buy, since they shred the tree instead of the furniture. The last thing I bought on impulse was my Kindle, but it turned out to be the best thing I've ever invested in. So...I guess sometimes impulses are not a bad thing.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty impulsive at heart but not when it comes to expensive things (thanks goodness). I'd been thinking about it but I sure didn't need this item---a pair of lovely Chucks. Yep, black and white Converse shoes like back in the day. Didn't need 'em. Just really wanted 'em. And now that I have them---I LOVE them.

Books by Heather said...

I'm so bad at impulse buys. Always feels so guilty afterward. My last one was a new purse. So not needed, but it WAS on sale...

Anonymous said...

Frog tape. You use it to mask off stuff you don't want to get messed up when you paint. I've been doing a lot of painting lately, too. It turns out green Frog tape is better than the blue painters tape. I'm glad I bought it.

Ellery Adams said...

I wish my cats would use the cat tree instead of the furniture, but they're using both!

Everyone: I did make it through Target the other day and only got two birthday cards and paper towels. It was a moment of triumph!

ev said...

Any time I go shopping and don't buy something, hubby swears I am sick.

My most recent was another Vera Bradley bag. Not that I needed it but the new patterns and styles are out. And I had to have one.

Helen Verte said...

That cat tree would make me happiest. I love to see my pets enjoying themselves. I almost bought a dog agility drills book this morning that hasn't been published, but it's free shipping for when it arrives in August! Then I realized I have several drill books I can't use because my back yard is too small. Amazing I talked myself out of that one because I love books. I think your Heron sculpture is beautiful. Art fills the soul. But we cut art programs in schools, so they aren't considered necessary. Yet there is something enriching and stimulating to a certain part of us that makes art necessary and when we see a certain piece, that part of us speaks up and it just feels good to have it to enjoy. :-) The cat tree is art work, too. And your cats make it performance art. ;-)

Jody said...

Another book for my Kindle; instant gratification makes it hard for me to resist!

Vickie said...

Latest impulse buy would be books when I promised myself that I was going to clear Mt Git'r'Read first before doing any buying.

Plus side: I did clear out a bunch of books I knew I wouldn't read and couldn't remember what caused me to buy them in the first place. And I've been getting in a bunch of reading time lately, so that helps clear the shelves....and I didn't buy equal amounts of the books to replace. Really working that justification....

I would love that metal sculpture heron as would my dad. I enjoy seeing the metal sculptures in our landscaping in front and back gardens.

Dru said...

I just bought two books on Kindle because they were $3.99 or less.

Linda said...

Impulse buying is my recreation! Usually it's books online--a true weakness and indulgence. Next comes clothing--especially tops for slacks. And then there's the Great American Cookie--cannot resist buying one for me and one for my granddaughter when we're shopping.They're relatively expensive for a cookie so I'm really doing the impulse thing when I buy them. My last impulse buy though was a quilt at the American Girl doll sotre in Dallas. It was a total impulse buy--I'm not a doll collector but love this quilt.

Vicki said...

Most of my shopping is impulse buying because if I take my time and think, I don't NEED anything at the moment. Books and fabric are my two main impulses but then again maybe those are my two main needs.

Carol S said...

This spring and summer I have been hitting a few garage sales because I don't mind dropping $10 for a half day of looking/shopping and I don't do big malls. The two vintage charm bracelets were my impulse buys; one was western cowgirl, one was Egyptian charms.

CindyD said...

It was my husband who made an impulse buy when we were mall walking Tuesday! He bought a new Hawaiian shirt to wear at the pool. It is much softer than the scratchy cotton one he was using and it's his favorite shades of blue.
I'll inherit his old one.

Aurian said...

Are books an impulse buy? Coming Saterday me and my best friend will go to Dordrecht, where a woman is selling her collection of books, hundreds of them ... I already picked dozens and dozens of a list she mailed us, but there are many more not listed yet ...

Last thing I did buy for myself was a lovely box of bonbons ... mmm...

Mar said...

Books, always books...and sometimes clothes. I'm having surgery next week so I "need" new nightgowns.

Vera Bradley has the new design out? Shopping....

Nancy J. Parra said...

Books~ my last impulse buy was books. LOL What can I say, it's an addiction. Cheers~

Andrea C. said...

Scrapbooking Supplies - especially paper- are often my impulse buys. I don't count books as impulse buys b/c they serve the purpose of entertaining me! :)

Laineshots said...

Books aren't impulse buys, are they? any more than food (except luxury or junk food)? Because just like food, I can't live without them. I refuse to even try.

And Ellery, I'm deeply impressed by your Target Triumph. I need a Target 12-step program....I just don't want one.

DBrady said...

yeah, but I love the crane!

ev said...

@Andrea- Come here and do some scrapbook shopping. I seem to have built one heck of a collection of stuff and have no idea what to do with it!!