ED­I­TOR’S NOTE

Real Living (Philippines) - - Editor's Note -

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.

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