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What makes you want to purchase something?

I was thinking the other day about what makes me want to purchase something in a store.

OTHER than if you need it, of course…!!

When I see something (anything, but it’s usually clothing), the things that race through my mind can be any of the following:

1. IT IS IN A CONSIGNMENT STORE, BUT IN MY SIZE!

If I go thrift or consignment shopping, this one is like the Holy Grail. I actually like the piece.. and it is in my size.

2. I ALREADY OWN VERY SIMILAR PIECES…

90% of the time it is because I already own a ton of items like it (yet another grey wrap sweater), and I am immediately drawn to exactly the same things I love.. and already own in my wardrobe.

I usually end up putting it back on the rack because I look at it and think: Oh yeah it’s because I own a sweater just like that, or very similar, which is why I am in love with it.

3. I LOVE THE FABRIC OR THE FEEL OF IT

If it’s 100% wool, cotton, etc.. and I love the way it feels, it’s hard for me to walk away. I know how hard it is these days to find 100% natural fabric anything unless you are willing to pay $$$$ for it.

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4. IT CATCHES MY EYE – STYLE, COLOUR…

Either because of the style (I love Perfecto jackets), the pattern, or the colour itself (cobalt blue, a deep crimson red or magenta pink always gets me), it draws me in.

5. IT IS THE PIECE I HAVE BEEN MISSING IN MY WARDROBE

Sometimes, I have been searching for THAT jacket for a very.. very.. long time.


To see it pop up? I tend to not want to pass it by because I’ve been trying to find it for a while, and it’s been on my mind so to speak.

6. I DON’T ALREADY OWN IT…  AND I WANT TO COLLECT IT

Even if I own similar items and love it, I have this instinct to buy something in multiple colours because you just never know when you might want a black sweater instead of a light grey, medium grey, or dark grey one. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW.

This is how my brain thinks.

So.. What makes you want to purchase something?


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4 Comments

  1. NZ Muse

    Ha, colour is a big one TBH. I’m a sucker for some shades.

    Currently lusting after the Stella McCartney ‘Stella’ bra. It’s so comfy, fits perfectly and so pretty. But I can’t justify spending $80 on a bra.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Me too. Fuchsia, Cobalt Blue & Whites. *swoon*

      I need to Google this bra.

      Reply
  2. r
    raluca

    I’m only buying because my previous item of clothing of the exact same size/color and from the same company has either gotten really worn out or has a whole in it and I can’t fix it. I’m currently in the replacement phase rather than acquisition phase.
    Or it’s underwear and in a really decadent design/color.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I’m starting to try and tell myself: Just one perfect piece. When it wears out, replace it but UNTIL THEN *slaps fingers*

      Reply

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