I’m away on a trip! I’ve wanted to share a couple of my friends’ blogs with you for a long time and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. My dear friend from Spoils of Wear was so gracious to do a guest post for me! She used to babysit Greyley (since she was 1 1/2!) and they are still best friends. She has a SUPER fun blog all about fashion…and lots of other fun things. It’s a treat to read. Thanks, Jilliebeanie!
Shopping is a sport. Recognized or not, the definition of the word ‘sport’ clearly includes shopping.
1. competitive physical activity
An individual or group activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally
An active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise
BAM! I think I just won that debate. If there was a debate. Was there? Well just in case, let’s break this thing down, word for word. Starting with definition #1.
Competitive. Perhaps shopping wouldn’t be thought of as competitive, but I assure you it is. If you’ve ever been to a department store at 6am the day after Thanksgiving, you know it’s true. Really, it’s like that all of the time, only on a smaller scale. The competition may not be obvious, but if you could see into the minds of women everywhere there is a David Beckham-shopping-equivalent in all of us. Right? It’s not just me, is it?
Physical Activity. I don’t have to plead my case on this one do I? Try to tell me that speed-walking .57 miles around just one level of the Mall of America isn’t physical activity. Then multiply that by 4 and tell me again. No? That’s what I thought.
Individual or Group Activity. Clearly. Moving on.
Involving Physical Exertion. You don’t have to go to the Mall of America to obtain physical exertion while shopping. Try this at your local department store, if you dare:
Step 1: Bring small child (borrow one if you have to).
Step 2: Bring large, heavy purse.
Step 3: Attempt cart possession. Fail.
Step 4: Observe that the store is a having a one-day-only mega clearance sale and you are in desperate need of …everything.
Step 5: Carry heavy purse while dragging small child while swiftly pushing through over-stuffed racks and unkempt piles of merchandise.
Step 6: Carry heavy purse and load of choice merchandise to dressing room while dragging small, now-whimpering child.
Step 7: You know what. I can’t even go on writing about it, I’m so exerted.
Skill. Successful shopping does involve skill. Not everyone can hack it. Tis not for the faint of heart. Great endurance, patience, and attention to detail must be mastered before one can truly shop to the utmost effectiveness.
Governed by Rules. Again, not an attribute many would associate with shopping. However, the rules of shopping, although unspoken, are prevalent to the pros who know them. Admittedly, I have yet to obtain pro status and tend to break many rules. The primary rules of the game include:
Rule 1: Shop Wise. Be aware of the items in your closet at all times. Unintentional duplicate purchases waste time and money.
Rule 2: Shop selective. Know what you’re looking for and what you can afford. Know what looks best and be fair and honest with yourself.
Rule 3: Shop prepared. Going to the thrift store? Wear a skirt and leggings for easy try-ons. Shopping for hours? Wear comfortable shoes and a light purse.
Rule 4: Shop responsibly. Do not spend money you do not have or that isn’t yours.
Recycle. Rid your closet of things that don’t fit and avoid hoarding items that you know you’ll never wear. Either resourcefully consign or generously donate unwanted wares.
Sometimes engaged in professionally. It sounds too good to be true, but there are people who shop for a living. They do it as professionally as Tiger Woods plays Golf.
Shopping obviously fulfills definition #2. I see no need to explain further.
So there you have it, folks. Proof in black and white. Shopping is a sport. Now if only my husband would cheer for me on Sunday afternoons.