HOW DO YOU SHOP?
One evening, while on an impulse-buying spree, an older, wiser friend became my voice of reason and asked: “So are you shopping for something that you want or are you shopping for the sake of shopping?”
This line echoed in my head while editing the Shop of the Month special and Gift Guide in this issue. I then realized that we all have different shopping patterns and habits. Some of us want our shopping expeditions efficient, short, and sweet. Others love the thrill of dashing through the heat and rain, absorbing the scents and sounds of a downtown market, and haggling with all their might. While a rare few see shopping as an art form, and relish the experience of strolling through a beautiful store and chatting up the owner before making the final purchase.
The same applies for the actual stores. There is something to be said highly about shops that have a vision aside from earning a lot of money. Does the storeowner make it a mission to promote local design and young designers? Does the shop support an advocacy or a community of artisans? Sometimes, the end does justify the means if the production and marketing process are done in an uplifting and positive way.
The buyer and seller aren’t just the two players here—the maker is part of the story as well.
So yes, shop wisely. But also, shop with purpose because you might end up buying a useless item that won’t spark joy and which you have to Kon-Mari out of your house.