There is nothing on earth that can replace the bond between a mother and daughter. As I’ve grown older, I have learned to truly cherish the unique relationship I have with my mother. That is, until I am out shopping with my mother and she drives me insane! Despite a few minor indiscretions, she is still my favorite shopping companion. Mainly because she is my number one style icon, but also because it’s guaranteed to be a retail therapy session full of laughter.
Recently I met her at my favorite consignment shop. We talked about this place for a few weeks now and I was excited to have her check it out with me. Thinking I was doing myself a favor, I scoped out the store before she got there and set aside items I knew she would love. I was really hoping she would be satisfied with the pair of brand new Tory Burch woven sandals and a Cole Hann leather briefcase tote. But of course she had to investigate every square inch of the store for herself before she was satisfied! Now I remember why I swore I would never go shopping with my mother … just last week.
If shopping with your mother is anything like shopping with mine, you should be able to identify with a few of the reasons below:
She’s Just As Much of a Compulsive Shopper As You Are
My mother usually is of no use when I’m trying to rationalize my purchases. I’m all for buying things because they are cute, but there is logically no reason to buy the same item in multiple colors. She convinces me to buy one color for me and the other for her. (We are not allowed to wear them at the same time.)
She Encourages You to Buy Items SHE Likes
Especially since my mother and I are close to the same size and have similar taste, this one is pretty common. This way she can borrow my things and probably get more use out of them than I ever will. Or if I get buyer remorse when I get home she usually ends up buying them from me. (This is how I got so good at being personal shopper.)
She Borrows Items She Encouraged You to Buy
Sometimes, not all the time, she looks better in them than I do. This is a very hard thing to admit. At this point I’m regretting I sold her my goods. And even more so I’m thinking, “Why didn’t I think to put it together like that?” Fortunately, I have no shame in giving accolades where needed. You work it Mom!
You Will Spend More Money Than Anticipated
When my mom finds something than she wants I can expect that she will bring out the puppy dog eyes, and that means I’m paying for it. Luckily she does the same for me.
She is NEVER Ready to Make Her Final Purchases
Even when she says she’s ready, she still manages to find something intriguing enough to get out of line. And everyone in the store is laughing at the reversal of roles as I try to rush her out of the store before her eyes find another thing.
Me: “No mom, put that down, you don’t need it.”
Mom: “WAIT! Just let me see it!”
Me: “Give me your hand. Don’t touch anything else because we are leaving!”
Mom: “Humph! Stop being mean to me.”
I’m convinced this just might be some sort of payback for the havoc I wreaked years ago during prom dress shopping season. However, mothers are made to be spoiled. So until next session of Shopaholic’s Anonymous….