Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A little splurge is good for the soul

I have fallen down on the job blog-wise the last couple days. And the fault goes to my actual job, you know, the one that pays me. Sometimes in life you gotta prioritize and writing articles for my editor outranks writing posts for my blog. I'm sure you understand though. But that's why I have been light on posting and commenting. So the plan is to catch up this weekend.

Anyhoo, I did want to tell you about my little Etsy shopping spree that I mentioned in my last post. You didn't think I would leave you hanging, did I?

Last week I was in the mood to shop. Sometimes I get that way, particularly if I am stressed or feeling down. I just get this urge to buy stuff. And it is almost always stuff I don't need. We all know the name for this disorder (and I think I can safely say all us women have fallen prey to it too): retail therapy. Well, I turned to Etsy to satisfy my craving. I looked through my favorite items and sellers and added things to my cart. And then I let my cart sit there for a few days while I decided if I really should spend that much money on stuff. See, I always feel a tinge of guilt when I treat myself to a few new things. Because there are so many other thingsBills. Student loans. Rent.that I could put the money to.

Well, after letting my virtual shopping cart sit for a few days, changing items in and out so I wouldn't go too overboard and bankrupt myselfthere were so many cute things I wanted to buy!I finally "checked out." After I made the purchase, I had a bit of buyer's remorse. Like, did I really just spend $88 on nothing of importance? But then I realized, I deserve a little shopping spree. I work hard for my money and what is the point of working hard if I can't splurge once in a while?

I am super excited now to get my gifts-to-myself in the mail. Here's what I have coming:

My very first terrarium, complete with a lil' mushroom, from Blithe Gardens. So excited to get this cutie!

"possibly maybe," silver fawn necklace, from oh, hello friend

"wishful," silver camera photographer necklace, also from oh, hello friend

"grace finds me," lovely silver bird vine tear drop necklace, again from oh, hello friend

waterdrop. mist. swallow necklace, from tryst by kerry

I wanted to buy so much more, including this cute "do work" Gocco-printed notebook by Two Guitars, this typewriter print by Alicia Bock (which you may remember from this post) and even more necklaces, if you can believe it. I really wanted the Bock print but decided I would wait to buy it later...

My main problem is that every time I go to the Etsy front page I see so many new things that I just want to scoop up for myself! Luckily, I don't act on every urge I have to shop. Or else, I really would be broke.

So when is the last time you splurged? Did you feel guilty? And what do you think of my Etsy finds?!

11 comments:

Jenni said...

I LOVE the fawn and the camera necklaces! EEk, now I want to shop too! I have actually not been shopping in quite sometime. Buying a house so all my money is going toward that, but I did buy a new cushion for the chaise my mom is giving me for the new house and I am SUPER excited about that. I feel guilty more when it's clothing than when it's something for the home....although, thats kind of a little bit backwards. haha. I have decided that when I lose 20 lbs. I get to go on a $200 clothes shopping spree. :) (15 lbs. to go!)

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Haha, awww, all the stuff you got is SO cute!! I usually splurge on clothes, the last BIG splurge I did that I felt a bit of buyers remorse for was my blackberry. That quickly faded as I fell MADLY in love with it!! Haha. Retail therapy is definitely healthier than drinking or something, right!? (That's what I tell myself anyways! Haha)

Salut! chou chou said...

I love your finds! Those necklaces are SO cute! And reasonably priced as well! I've also visited those stores and I'm thinking I might get something as well =)

bianca said...

I always feel guilty when I splurge. Especially when I think of what else I could buy (or really, what bills I could pay) with that money. But I fully believe in the power of a splurge. Whenever I'm sad or feeling icky, I treat myself to something. Sometimes it's as small as lip gloss, or big like a purse I've been dreaming about. But I swear it heals my soul haha. I love all of your purchases! I've never bought from etsy, but I always look and I always want to buy. Any sellers who you especially love???

Ashley said...

I love your Etsy finds! I'm on a necklace kick lately. I've been avoiding ever buying anything on Etsy just because it seems like such a slippery slope and I don't need anymore temptations. When I splurge, which I do too often, I definitely feel guilty.

Andhari said...

Giuseppe Zanotti pumps last weekend, I don't wanna speak number but people can actually pay a month rent with it. Guilty? A little. It's just so pretty. Sometimes you just can't help it.

ps. your camera necklace is so cute!

Laura said...

I love etsy, but I've never bought anything from the site before. My recent splurges were things for my new place...baskets, shell serving bowls, and some new IKEA furniture. Check it out here - healthyhunter.blogspot.com. Happy Friday!

Rebecca said...

oh! so love the little mushroom:)

banana said...

Hi Carissa! I got here from girlwiththeredhair. That terrarium is a gem! I find mushroom designs whimsical and fun.
http://runsrests.blogspot.com

LouDuk said...

Love the photographs. Keep it up!

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Shoshanah said...

I think I love the fawn & camera necklace the best!