Shopping...A Clandestine Affair?
Can I ask you a question? Are you scooping up the designer goods you've been wanting? I mean, now that we are in what could be called "the great sale of 2008" are you jumping on the opportunity to grab that Prada, those cashmere sweaters or that fabulous classic trench that you've been putting off? I hope so. Don't go into debt to buy it, but if you've go the cash on hand I hope you are taking advantage of the gleaming upside to this economic downturn.
The NYT had a particularly interesting piece on women (and presumably men) shopping in secret. Dubbed: covert consumption. It has become (according to some) impolite to flaunt your new conquests in an economic downturn. Gauche to be seen carrying home brand name goodies in a moment in time when Wal-Mart reigns supreme.
So upscale shoppers are hosting trunk shows in their homes and flocking to online sales. In fact, my eBay auctions are on fire with people buying lovely things. The "great sale" as we may look back and call it, has placed once overpriced items at values that are hard to resist. And some of our well-heeled sisters are quietly padding their closets with furs and finery. Are you seeing more of your UPS man and less of your usual sales associates?
I wonder...are you "self gifting" this year? Are you stocking up on classics? Are you finally getting those once 'out of reach' luxury items? Are you abstaining? Have you decked your halls?