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Many Happy Returns

November 7, 2008 - Phyllis Sigal
Anyone who knows me knows that I love to shop. I mean, I REALLY love to shop.

No surprise that it makes me happy to wander around a shopping mall or a bustling, urban downtown with store after store after store.

But I surprised myself the other day when I spent an hour or so RETURNING things at the Tanger Outlets.

Returning things, I said.

And it was as satisfying as buying things! Not to mention the bonus of having money back in my bank account! So maybe, it was even more satisfying.

I suppose, the actual act of shopping is what is fun. Some people (usually my husband Bruce, for one) don't find much use in shopping without a purpose, with the purpose being "to buy."

I, on the other hand, just love to look at stuff, maybe with the intention to decide to buy later, or not. My dad always loved to "window shop."

And, according to, you don't have to buy in order to be shopping.

The definition of the verb, "shop" is:

— to visit shops and stores for purchasing or examining goods.

— to seek or examine goods, property, etc., offered for sale: Retail merchants often stock their stores by shopping in New York.

— to seek a bargain, investment, service, etc. (usually fol. by for): I'm shopping for a safe investment that pays good interest.

— to seek or examine goods, property, etc., offered for sale in or by: She's shopping the shoe stores this afternoon.

I do like to examine goods. And I particularly love to seek a good bargain!

And, as I discovered Saturday, I just love to visit shops and stores ... even if the intention is to return goods or merchandise!

And sometimes, when you have to return things, it's just another excuse to shop.

Well, I better wrap this up. I"ve got some socks I have to return to Payless.


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