Saturday, August 20, 2011


I think I've known this for a long time, but I didn't want to admit this to myself. It's un-girly. Un-nautural. Something must be genetically mis-wired in me.

Hi, my name is Anita, and I hate to shop.

Going to the mall and shopping for clothes makes my back hurt and gives me a headache. Often, I have to take someone for moral support (i.e. I sit in the dressing room, they pick stuff out, and bring it to me). I also think it's important to look for bargains because why should any one over pay for anything, but alas, bargain hunting takes time and work, and frankly I'd rather be writing or skating or doing squat thrusts followed by an infinite number of push ups. So rather than looking for those good deals, how about we just don't shop at all?

And it's not just clothes. It's cars too. Because of my long commutes my very young car has over two hundred thousand miles on it. Do you think I'm going to look for another one? Absolutely, NOT. I'm going to drive that thing until that engine's last dying breath of internal combustion.

It's also computers. Sarcastically Delicious (aka boyfriend) spent forty plus hours researching and shopping for his computers, I think I fell to the wayside around fifteen or twenty hours.

Apartments and home shopping is also a chore. If you're a real estate agent, just show me a couple, the best that you have, that are safe, clean, and in my budget, and I'll just pick one.

Wal-mart. Yeah, good luck getting me to go there. That's why I buy household products in bulk. A one time shop for soap, tissue paper, dish washing detergent. I'll even admit to the fact that I've purchased these items on Amazon. Yes, I bought soap on Amazon.

I can't imagine what it's going to be like when I get married. Ugh. I can feel the anti-shopping-nausea coming on right now. Perhaps I'll get married at one those all-inclusive set ups where all I have to do is show up. That sounds perfect.

Is it just me, or are there any other anti-shoppers out there?


  1. I hate, hate, hate shopping for clothes, but that is probably in part due to my size and the fact that nothing fits. I don't like shopping for household items and other things like that, but I actually do enjoy shopping for cars, apartments, and the like. I actually enjoy browsing in general, but when I have to make an actual decision? Heaven help me.

  2. I know lots of real women who hate to shop, like my two daughters for instance! They didn't get it from me though.

  3. We have the same name AND we both hate to shop. My girlfriends don't get this...glad you do!

  4. me too... but maybe that isn't a genetic abnormality in my case

  5. I hate shopping for everything other than books, and even with books, it gets depressing when I can't find what I want. Like you, I'd always rather be writing. When I first met my sister-in-law-to-be, the second question she asked me was, "So, you like to shop?" It was a rhetorical question, and I disappointed her to no end by my polite answer. So be proud of being an anti-shopper! Your time (and mind) are better spent in your novel.

  6. So glad to know that I'm not the only anti-shopper. Although, I have to agree with Diane, book shopping is fun.

  7. For whatever it's worth I am totally with you.