I’d completely forgotten the adrenaline rush and endorphins that can result from a good day of shopping.  I’d forgotten because I can’t remember the last time I did it.  To most people who know me, that’s likely a huge surprise because I’m obsessed with fashion.  My closet is the perfect indication, as it’s merchandised like a boutique, by category and color.

When in Asheville this weekend, I was dateless at a wedding and had all of Saturday to kill by myself.  I took to a one-woman scavenger hunt to find the illusive J. Crew Clearance Center that is housed in their warehouse there. For whatever reason,  I was not able to find it online (probably because I thought it was an outlet), so I pieced together what clues I could gather, and drove in the pouring ran to find it.  Some time later, I stumbled upon it and spent the rest of the afternoon sifting through the ridiculous deals!  I left with a bag of items that cost barely more than $100. Leaving, I had that immediate excitement and energy that comes from a great day of shopping and deal finding.  What I didn’t expect was that this high lasted for days!  I don’t know if it was the quality of the deals, the fact that it’s been so long since I’ve shopped, or some combination, but it’s an interesting reminder of how material purchases can have such an impact on your psyche. Opening Pandora’s box leaves me feeling tempted to keep shopping and continue the feeling. But, I do recognize the principle of diminishing returns and that the more you do something, the lesser the impact.  I was mostly just surprised by the long-lasting impact the shopping high had on me!  It was a telling indicator of how so many people get into financial trouble.  Off to enjoy my finds and live out the rest of the high….

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