WHAT WENT WRONG WITH MY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
It has been quite some time since I have made a wrong purchase. However this is exactly what happened to me at the last Handmade Canberra Markets.
That shopping experiences did not go as planned. I reflected on the when, how and why of what happened during that shopping experience. These are the factors that contributed to my shopping misdemeanour:-
- SHOPPING WITH LIMITED TIME
That particular day I was assisting my friend Josephene at her stall. On my way to start working my ‘that looks like me’ radar spotted a tunic style top at a stall. With five minutes to spare I quickly tried it on. It felt good even before I looked in the mirror. After a quick glance in the mirror and a happy twirl I purchased this tunic.
- SHOPPING WHEN EMOTIONAL
At that particular time life had turned upside down with the recent passing of my dad. I had been wanting to buy something new to wear to his Life Celebration Service. My dad and I have had a long time love – hate relationship over my choice of clothing. He was very conservative and didn’t appreciate my less than conservative dressing style.
I really wanted to find something that was my style, appropriate for the occasion and something that was not over the top. The tunic I tried on ticked all these boxes.
- SHOPPING WITHOUT LISTENING TO AND CONSIDERING THE DOUBT FROM MY INNER VOICE
There was a voice inside my head questioning whether the berry colour I had chosen was right for me. I wanted this outfit to work for me and I convinced myself that it was the light in the pavillion.
WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THIS PURCHASE
When I got home I tried the tunic on with the pants I planned to wear them with. I looked in the mirror and realised the:-
- top of this tunic was TOO big for me and
- colour was not going to work for me.
This story does have a happy ending. The next day I returned to see Alison Dominy. I tried on a smaller size in a different colour and this tunic had the Goldilock’s Principle and was just right. My dad would have approved of this outfit. When I wear this tunic I feel he is giving me a style hug. That makes me smile.
REMEMBER – When you are shopping the WHEN, HOW and WHY can make a difference to the outcome of a shopping experience.
WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM YOUR SHOPPING MISTAKES?