A couple of years ago I bought two pairs of shoes at Famous Footwear. I really only wanted one pair, but they were having one of their “Buy One Get One 1/2 Off” sales. I hate those kinds of sales. But I got sucked in. I was in one of my (very!) rare fashionista moods, and bought a pair of bright red patent leather ballet flats with silver buckles on them. Cute enough, I guess. But, the issue was that they only fit me if I went barefoot, but if it was warm enough to go barefoot, it also meant it was warm enough that my feet would start sweating in an instant in the non-breathable patent leather. So, I’ve worn them approximately 3 times and regretted each wearing (I’m of the school of thought that says “Life is too short for uncomfortable shoes”). So, they’ve sat in the back of my closet for the past two years and every so often I look at them and say “I really should wear those.” But, I don’t. Because I don’t really like them.
So into the Goodwill pile they go. I’m sure someone else will be super duper happy to pick up a pair of bright red, barely used shoes and love them to death. Which makes me happy; almost as happy as I am to get them out of my house.
The lesson that I learned (again!)? Don’t buy it if it’s not the exact right thing! Or, at least the 90% right thing! It’ll end up being a waste of money and I’ll end up resenting the thing and the money and who needs extra, self-caused, resentment in their lives? Certainly not me! I’ve a feeling I’m going to be writing this post over and over again, as I seem to have a hard time learning this lesson. Hopefully my new found attention to my buying habits and the desire to reduce my holding (physical and otherwise) will curb such purchases in the future. Hopefully!