Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gone Shopping

Golden Girls Pocket Mirror, Snappy Mirrors, http://www.snappymirrors.etsy.com/

Mixed Button Pack, Sick On Sin, http://www.sickonsin.etsy.com/

Snazzy Skirt, The Lazy Oaf, http://www.lazyoaf.co.uk/

Flowers Tee Shirt, The Lazy Oaf, http://www.lazyoaf.co.uk/

Splash Color Tights, We Love Colors, http://www.welovecolors.com/

Polka Dot Sheath Dress, XOXO, http://www.xoxo.com/

Crayon Dots Tee Shirt, The Lazy Oaf, http://www.lazyoaf.co.uk/

Every January I find myself going on a post-holiday online shopping binge. (And yes, this is in addition to my day-after-Christmas brick and mortar store shopping binge.) By this point any worthwhile winter bargains have been wiped clean from the stores, forcing me to stalk cyberspace's great marketplace. I tell myself that it's my opportunity to find some truly unusual, can't-get-this-at-the-mall pieces, and more often than not this turns out to be true.

Some people stock up on canned goods in case of a snowstorm, alien invasion, or nuclear holocaust. I stock up on fashion items. Sometimes I honestly feel as though I'm trying to squirrel away enough essentials, both funky and classic, to last me a lifetime in preparation for the day when I run out of spending money and can no longer shop. Don't ask me why I think this will happen; that would be like asking the can-hoarding Mrs. X why she fears a day when she won't be able to get her hands on green beans or fruit cocktail. All I know is, the shop-til-you-drop-for-survival game is one I've liked to play since high school.

January isn't quite half over, and I've already racked up an assortment of sweaters, tee shirts, and dresses, including a black and white tuxedo-style cocktail dress that I purchased from http://www.xoxo.com/ in a fit of Rebecca Bloomwood-style inspiration, thinking things like, "I could get invited to a cocktail party! Or a wedding! I'll wear it to every function! Everyone will know me as the girl in the black and white cocktail dress!" (For the uninitiated, Rebecca is the heroine of Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic.) I would've included a picture of the dress here, but when I went to copy it from http://www.xoxo.com/, I discovered that it was sold out, and the picture gone. (Who knows? Maybe I even scored the last one.) I also nabbed some baubles from Etsy, namely a pair of pocket mirrors from http://www.snappymirrors.etsy.com/, one of which features the Golden Girls, and a selection of kitschy, produce-themed buttons from http://www.sickonsin.etsy.com/ that I look forward to pinning to various sweaters and handbags.

Yet even with a take like this, I fear the siege isn't over. I've got my eye on a trio of duct tape clutches, a collection of octopus pendant necklaces, and an anime cartoon-printed mini skirt, all from Etsy. The only saving grace is that I got most of my stuff on sale, if not clearance. This is the sort of twisted logic I use every time I amass a new mini wardrobe, rationalizing that Carrie Bradshaw would've spent more on a single pair of shoes. Never mind that Carrie Bradshaw is a fictional character. Or that every time I open my closet I'm pummelled by a rainbow of sweaters and jeans raining down from the top shelf.

Something tells me, though, that I'm not alone in my obsession. The cliche about women loving to shop is a cliche for a reason. So, what are your go-to guilty pleasure purchases? Clothes? Cosmetics? Kitchenware? Spooky porcelain dolls? (Each to her own.) This shopaholic wants to know :)


FENNOfashion said...

Ha Ha, you crack me up! I am total opposite of you and want nothing right now (could be that I am 9 months pregnant & bigger than ever) but if I can remember I felt the same way last year. I even have trouble creating things this time of year because it is just such an 'in-between seasons' time. Your purchases look awesome though & for being such a gloomy month, it is nice to have a few pick me ups :)

capitalcitycrafts said...

great finds! I love shopping after the holidays too!

The Tote Trove said...

Congrats on your pregnancy, FENNOfasion :) Yes, it's a gloomy, strange, in-between-seasons time of year (the wind is howling out there as I write this), and every little pick-me-up helps :)

Hi, Barbara! It's always nice to hear from a fellow EtsyNJian and shopper :)