1. Communal mirrors
I don’t understand why I need to leave the comfort of my fitting room to model something in front of other strangers. I hate coming out not knowing how potentially horrendous I look and have to do an immediate u-turn as soon as I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Can I please see how my butt looks in these jeans in privacy?
2. Eager salespeople who won’t leave you alone
Your greeting and acknowledgment of my presence is enough – please don’t suggest random things I might like or hang outside of the fitting room to see how everything fits me.
3. Patronizing salespeople who think you have no business there
Unless you’re a mind reader, there’s no way you would know what I do for a living or the state of my finances just by looking at me. Please don’t assume I can’t afford anything in your store just because I’m not wearing designer everything. Haven’t we learned there are some millionaires “disguising” themselves as modest middle-classers?
Crowds exhaust me and being trapped in a building full of them is the worst. I can last a maximum of 1.5 hours in most malls until I start feeling like I need a nap.
5. That item you bought a few weeks ago is now on sale
There’s something so defeating about this. You thought you scored a great find until it becomes an even better find and you’ve already gone past the refund window.
6. Finding that perfect something…but it’s not in your size
I can make it work. I’ll just add 10 more inches of fabric and sow the shirt back together. It’ll be fine.
7. Finding that perfect something…but it’s $524320943 dollars
It’s like when you pull something off the rack but it costs more than your weekly pay. So you try not to act all sticker shock, pretend to show moderate interest in it before you nonchalantly put it back on the rack. All the while crying inside.
8. Shopping with someone else
I’m the worst shopping buddy. I’m in and out of a store within a few minutes so if you’re going to shift through every rack, try 20 dresses on and want my opinion on everything, I’m not your gal. I also never understand why girls insist on dragging their boyfriends to the mall with them. They always look so miserable. Leave the poor guy at home.
9. When you can’t find something you thought would be so common
I’ve been looking for a loose fitting v-neck t-shirt in a heather gray colour for the last six years to replace my favourite shirt that has gotten a bit ratty. You’d think it would be so easy to find but it’s not. It’s been a six year search; just please appear and let me live my life.
10. It costs money
Shopping costs money, sometimes lots of money. It’s one activity where your wallet can never win.
What do you dislike most about shopping?