It was as if the gift cards gave me permission to fill my cart with all the items I’d deemed too frivolous in the past.
“I can get by without new t-shirts.”
“I can’t afford this chalkboard right now.”
“I don’t really need this carafe,” I would reason with myself. But this time was different, and
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 salt & pepper shakers
- 2 small carafes
- 1 4 pack of 4 oz. ball jars
- and a chalkboard later,
my cart was full.
As I thought of all the ways I’d use my new goods; filling the salt & pepper shakers with baking soda for sprinkling on the carpet, rugs and mattress and scrubbing bathroom surfaces,
setting the carafe on the nightstand in the guest bedroom,
making sugar scrubs to store in the ball jars,
I realized I wasn’t just buying things. I was buying convenience, comfort, style, hospitality, elegance, beauty…
Then, when I set one of the carafes on the nightstand in the guest room and noted how elegant it looked, well, it was like that three dollar carafe invited me to crawl into the lap of luxury.
I decided right then and there that a small splurge was well worth creating a sense of luxury in my home. And next time, no gift cards required.
What are you going to put in your basket the next time you go shopping?
See you in class,