Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Clothes Shopping Gene

On Tuesday afternoon I went shopping. It was the first time since NaNoWriMo that I'd left Exmouth and gone to another town to do what I call serious clothes shopping. An easy enough task, you might think. On my list of essential purchases were underwear, casual tops, and trainers. What could go wrong?

Well, my friends, this is what I came home with at the end of the afternoon:

You'll notice not an item of clothing to be seen. Instead I bought two zombie and four sci-fi books and a Star Trek mug and coaster. In my defence, I took with me the Waterstones, WHSmiths and HMV vouchers I received for Christmas. I did go into a couple of clothing stores. Honest. But I just wasn't interested in trying on bras, T-shirts, and children's trainers (I've got small feet).

I've decided that I wasn't born with the Clothing Gene; somewhere along the way I was given the Book-Buying Gene instead.

When was the last time you went shopping for a specific item and came back with something completely different? What shopping gene were you born with?


  1. Oh I've got the book buying gene. Definitely! That's what the "long sentence" post was about. Most women would have headed directly for the clothes shops if they'd just sold some old jewellery and pocketed a hefty wad of cash - not me. Straight to the charity shop where I bought three crime novels (my guilty pleasure!)
    And I do NEED a pair of shoes.

  2. PS - I could do with some trainers too. And a couple of new bras.......

  3. I'd say it was a great shopping experience! I hate clothes shopping. I never find anything I like. Usually I come home with nothing, as I don't like buying stuff for myself.

  4. Much more exciting to come home with an armload of books, and one can never have enough mugs with Captain Kirk on them!

  5. Shoes!!! I buy shoes!! I love shoes! Shoes glorious shoes!

    And cheese. I like cheese.

    Take care

  6. that is awesome, i shop in one place and buy 7 of the same thing... just different colors. you can never have enough trek stuff... never!

  7. I'm a book buying Gene (that's my real name, Gene) and I've found that Amazon often has (used) books I want to read priced at one cent plus 3.99 shipping, which is less than the price at local used bookstores. Hey, Ellie... I'm an old fart and don't get the fascination youngsters have with 'zombies' and vampires and such. I'd be interested in reading your thoughts on that subject.

  8. Ugh, I hate clothes shopping! It's so tiresome. But I can spend hours in a bookstore, of course :)

  9. I tend to shop in stores that have a little bit of everything, from clothes to books. That way it's easy to get all kinds of things without the extra effort of going to many stores.

  10. I was born with the everything buying gene! But I do find if I go to a book shop for one book I usually come out with 3. And when I go clothes shopping for something specific I usually end up a chunk of the accessories department with it.

    But I am a bargain hunter. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! :)

  11. Nope Nope Nope! Would rather buy books and movies all day long than try on cloths! And shoes. I hate both!! I just want a closet that magically poofs cloths just for me.

  12. LOL! Good for you. I find when you go into town to specifically buy clothes the ones you need are never available anyway, when you go into town to buy something else, that is when all the right stuff appears :O)

  13. I bought that Jane Austen book for my daughter! And of course, Star Trek is the best. Yesterday, I went shopping for a 12 pk. of Coke and came home with a tea rose bush. It is sitting next to me on the computer desk. Once in a while I lean over and smell a rose. I forgot to get the Coke.

  14. Hi Ellie! I much rather browse in a book store, and come out with some purchases! I never was a clothes, shoes, purses kind of gal...even when I wore a tiny, petite size! I never could afford it, for one thing! And now most of the "styles" and "patterns" are just plain ugly! I don't want to dress like an old lady, but I also don't want to dress like a teenager!! Good for you!!

  15. Eh. Clothes are overrated. Books last forever.

  16. I don't have the clothing shopping gene either. I have to say you're going to look quite odd wearing your purchases. But any day you buy a new book is a good day.

  17. I have both kinds of genes. Holding off a bit on both kinds of shopping though, because my apartment is non-expandable. sigh.

  18. Hahahaha!!!! Maybe we're sisters! I hate clothes shopping. I, too, would much rather buy a book. Or a movie. Or some music....great haul!

  19. LOL. Are we sisters? Though I would have bought clothes too, I would have also bought books. I think I have twin genes:books and clothes.

  20. I always do this. I go to the store to buy something and instead by a bunch of books instead.

  21. MorningAJ - LOL. I'm not alone! We'll have to give ourselves a trainer-buying deadlines.

    Alex J. Cavanaugh - I'm the same; I can never find anything I like. I don't know how some people spend thousands on clothes every year!

    Margo Benson - so true!

    Old Kitty - LOL. I have a weakness for bags. I try to avoid cheese, as I'd eat it all the time!

    iZombie - I think you've just found the answer - next time I find an item of clothing I like (and it fits) I'll buy several. LOL.

    Gene - I tend to buy books from Amazon, the local charity shops, and occasionally from a proper book store (I like to do my bit to support the local book shops).

    What is the fascination youngsters have with zombies, vampires and such? Now there is a question! To you I'm probably a youngster, but I'll be 40 in less than 18 months. Yikes. Back to the question. I've always been fascinated by anything strange or sci-f related. When I was younger my parents would despair at my choices of music, films and books. I guess you could call me a sci-fi geek. But when it comes to writing it is not so much the creatures that fascinate me, more how my characters react as a result of them. I like to explore the pyschology behind the creatures and the humans that come into contact with them. Also, I want to read and write fiction that isn't about normal every day life. I want to escape and use my imagination. I hope that explains my fascination a little.

    Meredith - there used to be a Borders bookshop in Bournemouth, which was massive and had its own coffee shop. I could spend hours there! Now it has closed.

    Janel - Ooo . . .I wish we had shops like that here!

    Chippy - you're just like my mum. She never comes back with one of something and can find bargains anywhere!

    Colene Murphy - the Magic Closet. LOL. I think we should also have a personal assistant that ensures our clothes fit us as well!

  22. Madeleine - LOL. The Sods-Law principle that states clothes will magically appear when you can't afford to buy them!

    Belle - LOL. You forgot the coke but the rose bush sounds much prettier and better for you!

    Becky - we sound very alike. As a child I wasn't interested in clothes and make-up, and I used to be able to wear petite sizes too. Those were the days!

    Elena Solodow - exactly!

    Susan Gourley/Kelley - LOL. I can't stop laughing. Clothes made from books. Genius. There is a craft site called Etsy and you can get bags made from books, but I think clothes might not work.

    Damyanti - you mean you don't have the magic cupboard where clutter is kept out of sight? LOL. I live in a one bedroom flat, so I understand where you are coming from.

    The Words Crafter - we'll call ourselves The Honorary Book-Buying Sisters!

    Rachna Chhabria - Yes. We are The Honorary Book-Buying sisters!

    Melissa - we need to find new ways of resisting the lure of the book shops!

  23. I hate shopping (unless it is for books or art supplies.) I only go when I really have to. This is very upsetting to my mother who loves to shop (but not for books or art supplies.)

  24. I'm glad it's not just me. And I just don't 'GET' handbags either!

  25. Cool mug! Shiny. I want one!

    I would much rather buy books than clothes. You made wise choices. :)

  26. Just like me. My legs just carry me right past the other shops right to the book shops. Reminds me, I've gotta go buy yet another bookshelf!

    BTW the Publication Party has kicked off on my blog. I'd love it if you could come by and read what authors have to say about getting published. Perhaps you could leave a comment about your aspirations. There are prizes each week. Please come by. The champagne's free!

    Denise :)

  27. Nessa - LOL. My mother is the same!

    brokenbiro - Aah . . .I must admit to a weakness for bags, though it's more a book-bag type of fetish.

    Maria Zannini - you can never have enough Star Trek mugs. LOL.

    L'Aussie - You can never have enough bookshelves. LOL.

    I'm working all this weekend (the dreaded stock take on Sunday), but I will try to visit your blog Sunday evening or Monday morning. Have a fun party! Ellie x

  28. Hi Ellie .. I flew past you 4 times in the last 10 days .. down to Penzance and back with two car loads - having cleared my mother's flat as it's sold - sad times for me.

    But me too - hate shopping for clothes .. would do anything but .. I battle to leave books too - or something interesting for the blog ..

    Hope the stock taking has gone by without being too painful .. cheers for now & a happy 2011 .. Hilary

  29. Hilary Melton-Butcher - gosh. You did make a lot of trips. I'm just sorry you weren't down our way for more happier reasons.

    Stock take seemed to go okay; just waiting for the final figure!


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