Every now and then I have intense, over-powering, unstoppable desires to spend money and to shop, shop, shop! The other day I was speaking to my brother on Skype and saw a new purchase he had made and realised that he owns more clothes than I do and I am supposed to be living in one of the world’s most fashionable cities. What was I thinking by trying to save money and not buying overpriced designer goods?! So to the shops I went!

Galleries Lafayette

Shops. Precious shops.

France has this very weird thing of only allowing shops to have sales (or ‘soldes’) twice a year. This is both annoying and great because it means you can’t find bargains all year round BUT when things do go on sale, they REALLY go on sale. None of this “Everything is on sale except for things that you actually want” business. Entire product ranges are reduced and by decent percentages. One of those soldes happens to be on right now and today I grabbed a Velib and rode down to Galleries Lafayette with my brain set in “Shopping Mode.” I knew it would be busy and I even managed to stay relatively smiley for most of the time. I tried on many things, found many bargains, but do you think I bought anything? Nothing. Not even half a thing. The closest I got was contemplating a Le Crueset pot which was ridiculously cheap when compared to Australian prices, but the thought of shipping a very heavy pot back to Australia scared me away. I don’t know what happened. I came home feeling quite depressed, tired, sore and wanting a beer. I still have until mid-July to make use of the sales. I think I need my shopping buddy, Pip, to come with me. Then we’ll do some real damage.

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2 Responses to “Disappointment.”

  1. Bean says:

    Your first mistake was going on a Velib. How much shopping can you fit on a bike? Not enough – that’s how much! When I go shopping I travel on an entire train, or at least a tram. Better luck next time.

  2. Jess says:

    You are a wise man.

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