Did you know that there is an explanation of "Retail Therapy" on Wikipedia?
Retail therapy is shopping with the primary purpose of improving the buyer's mood or disposition. Often seen in people during periods of depression or transition, it is normally a short-lived habit. Items purchased during periods of retail therapy are sometimes referred to as "comfort buys".
I wasn't in need of a boost in my mood today, I just wanted to see if I could pick up a few bargains at the stocktake sales. And I did! Those who know me know that I'm usually a terrible shopper. I don't like browsing through the racks and usually only look at things from outside the store - if something is good enough, it'll catch my eye. Today was different, I was a champion shopper. And, I'm in a fantastic mood right now.
The whole family went along because I had things in mind for everybody. And I succeeded in not only getting these items but getting them at fabulously discounted prices. And yet, they were not overjoyed.
I shared the parenting duties with Richard. I made sure that they got food, drinks and frequent breaks. And of course, we had the usual time at the toy section - we always go look but never, ever, buy. Don't feel bad for my boys, this is one area that I have been extremely consistent so they don't expect to take anything away from the toy section and there is never any fuss as long as they can browse for as long as they like.
Maybe guys of all ages are immune to the positive effects of Retail Therapy. Not one of the three of them seemed to leave the mall as happy as I did. We were there for a total of 4 hours so it wasn't extremely long.
I knew that it would end up that way so I rewarded them all with some time at the park in the afternoon. That cheered everyone up and Richard and I had a relaxing time sitting back. There was even some Brisbane City Council sponsored event for the kids.
Guess what? I've had time to think about what I didn't get time to take a closer look at today and I think there are a few more bargains I should go back for tomorrow.