5 Reasons Shopping is So Addictive

Some people find shopping to be a chore. They only do it when necessary and they don’t get particularly excited. Then there are the rest of who just love the entire experience. Well, maybe not the part where you have to hand over your cash or card, but definitely the rest of it.

Have you ever stopped to think about why you love shopping so much, though? Beyond getting a new outfit so you can slay on the ’gram? It often has to do with some type of feel-good experience. They don’t call it retail therapy for nothing. Let’s look at five reasons why some of us are shopaholics.

For some people, it’s the feeling of accomplishment upon finding a bargain. Snagging a pair of shoes at 50 per cent off or seeing new items in their size on the $5 rack instantly improves their day. Story time: Years ago I found a pair of shoes on a sale table. I picked up one to try it and when I reached for the other one, it was gone. Another shopper was trying it. Not just trying it but loving it.  So, there I was with one shoe fitting perfectly and there she was with the other. I would love to tell you we both stood there for hours but I ended the standoff early and let her have them, even though I saw them first. She was clearly motivated by the bargain factor.

On the other end of the spectrum are those who find shopping relaxing. You won’t find them digging in a sale bin or rushing to the start of a sale. They like to take their time and meander through a store, picking only the things that they truly like. They may even stay away from big sale days. I’m like this when I’m overseas. Unless I have something specific in mind, I’m going to take my time and look at everything. People like this enjoy the uncrowded and uncluttered stores.

Then there are those of us love discovering new things. We’re talking about fashion here, but I feel the same way about most items. New hair products, face masks, décor items, foods … just give me things I haven’t seen before and I’ll be in my element. Whether it’s stumbling on a new store or finding out your favourite boutique has new arrivals, the novelty factor is huge.

Linked to that is the ability to create. New accessories or shoes can help you to put together a myriad of new outfits. Something as simple as a new lipstick or eyeshadow palette can brighten up your look. New hair can have you feeling like a whole different person! If you want to create a new image or jazz things up after a while, shopping can help you get there.

One last thing: shopping gives us an opportunity to bond with a variety of people. It’s obviously a way to spend quality time with our mums, sisters or friends. However, it’s also a chance to make new connections. Very often another shopper will ask your opinion on an item or ask where you got something you’re wearing or carrying. Then there are the store clerks who get to know you from your frequent visits.

So why do you love shopping? If your reason wasn’t covered above, drop a line below and let me know!

Natasha Beckles

Natasha Beckles is a freelance copyeditor, writer and content creator. She has over a decade's experience in both traditional and online media. In addition to blogging about fashion and travel, she uses the written word to help brands and individuals tell their unique stories.

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5 Responses

  1. Susie Lindau says:

    I used to love shopping. Now that I’m writing fulltime, I feel like it takes too much time. I do have a list and could use an endorphin rush!!!

  2. silvia says:

    I love shopping for a few reasons- sometimes to replace an item I loved so much that I wore through it, other times it’s to try out a completely new style. I do love scouring vintage and second hand markets for all the unique and interesting pieces they have- but I usually try to stick to both a budget and a mental list of things I really need. It’s too easy to go overboard otherwise!

    • Natasha Beckles says:

      Second-hand markets can definitely have some gems. Budgets and lists are very important! Especially when there’s a sale and we want to grab just about everything.

  3. Valerie says:

    I love shopping because new outfit gives me an instant confidence boost. That boost can help me in interviews, with making new friends, etc. Its a crutch sometimes, but as long as I keep it in check it’s okay!

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