Wednesday, July 18, 2012

what's your shopping style?

Dress (worn like this)- Marshalls; Purse, Shoes & Bracelets- Thrifted; Ring- Zellers; Prescription eyeglasses- Gucci; Necklace- Consigned; Nail Polish- Fuschia Fever by Revlon
The other day I came across a stack of old magazines that had been collecting dust in my closet.  One of the articles from the November 2010 issue of In Style featured a reader poll about different shopping strategies that I thought would be fun to share (along with my colourful commentary!)

Your first stop in any store is...
64% said.. It varies.  I wander to whatever catches my eye.
22% said... The sales rack *that would be me!*
14% said... Newest arrivals.

Have you ever hidden a purchase from your significant other?
55% said... yes *oh definitely, I've even gone so far as to use the old "close your eyes, I don't want you to see your ____ (insert upcoming holiday here) present", to sneak the bags by!*

Do you ever shop online while at work?
54% said... yes *I will admit to being guilty on this account as well!*

If you could shop only online or in-store, which would you pick?
83% said... In-store *without a doubt, part of the shopping experience for me is trying on the clothes, feeling the fabric and the hustle and bustle of the store.  I have had negative experiences with online shopping but that's not to say I still don't do it (see my answer to the question above!)*
17% said... Online 

Gift cards are...
71% said... The perfect present.  I like being able to buy whatever I want.
29% said... So impersonal.  The best gifts always involve some thought *I guess I'm old fashioned but I love getting a meaningful and creative gift for and from my loved ones.  Gift cards are great for acquaintances& colleagues but not for those closest to you.*

How do you prefer to shop?
56% said... Alone *absolutely, I like being able to peruse the stores I want to shop at and not have to wait for a friend who is taking forever in the changing room.  That being said, group shopping can be fun occasionally but not on a regular basis (and definitely not when you're on a mission!)*
37% said... With a girlfriend.
7% said... With a significant other.

Do you dress up or down for a day of shopping?
62% said... Down.  Comfort is key.
38% said... Up.  I want the sales staff to notice me. *I'm a fancy pants, I even dress up to go to Home Depot!*

What's your fave thing about retail therapy?
48% said... The thrill of the hunt *that's why I love thrifting so much, to wade through the faded & outdated to find the sleek & chic!*
36% said... The zone-out factor.
16% said... Actually, I find shopping more stressful than therapeutic.
Are you in the majority with your answers? What's your shopping style? 
(P.S. If you're wondering who the grey & white furball is, it's Mama Sita, the shy counterpart to Mr. Marley!)


  1. Oh this was interesting to read! I shop in comfort, but not drabby. I also love shopping in-store over online. I've had too many experiences where I didn't like the fabric or fit of the item after I ordered it online.
    That purple dress of yours is so pretty!

  2. Wow, I didn't know so many people liked shopping alone.. thought I was weird!!

    I love that purple colour.. I almost bought a similar dress (in colour).. except it was super expensive!

    Style by Joanne

  3. well, I love sales and I love thrifting. everything else is overpriced here in Estonia. sad but true. I have this one fave thrift store here in my hometown and only during this week I have already got the perfect maxi dress from that store and a brand-new children's blouse for myself because it looks great! :P but last weekend I went crazy on designer stuff since I visited our capital town and there were sales everywhere! what a trap!

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  4. i don't mind mall shopping if it's not crowded. hahahaha i can't stand crowds. i can't think with lots of people around me. so i do most of mine online. thank goodness, i know my size really well. i don't blame you for shopping alone. i like to do the same. i love the purple dress you are wearing. Marshalls really has cute dresses! And you're right about gift cards, it really depends on the person. great post!

  5. emily, that was fun to take, & see your answers. :)

  6. I have hidden tons of new purchase by my hubby. I like gift card but sometimes I would like an actually gift.

  7. so interesting, isn't it?! I would never buy anything if it wasn't on sale!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    you look fabulous!

  8. We have very similar shopping habits! =) That purple dress is lovely on you, Emily!

  9. Wonderful dress, Emily. Great color and design. And the facts you cite are interesting. I knew only a few of them.

  10. That necklace is so, well, exciting comes to mind! You've given it the perfect showcase with the simple dress.

    I love the Gucci glasses.


One of my daily joys is reading the lovely comments you leave. It may take a day or two (or three, depending on how hectic life gets!) but I will stop by your slice of the blogosphere soon! xo Emily