Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

A Shopping Excursion That Could End in Hell; Long-Held Belief of {Lsquo}you Can Never Shop Too Long or Too Hard'

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

A Shopping Excursion That Could End in Hell; Long-Held Belief of {Lsquo}you Can Never Shop Too Long or Too Hard'

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IF you're planning a mother-and-daughter shopping trip to buy clothes for your 13-year-old daughter I only have one word to say to you - don't.

Don't do it. Spare yourself (and all the other people within earshot) the aggravation, frustration and humiliation and just stay at home and order something from a catalogue, preferably something that comes in a bottle.

While I acknowledge my little girl is growing up and can't be expected to go through life in pastel pink Barbie dresses and shiny white-patent shoes with lace-edged socks forever, I'm also not comfortable with the idea of her parading around in outfits that look like they need to be accessorised with 10 tattoos, a Harley-Davidson and a parole officer.

Naturally our disastrous shopping trip had been preceded with the universal call to shop.

It's a call that can be heard echoing out over every continent in every language. From the hills of Hollywood to the snows of Siberia and over the sands of the Sahara it's always the same call -'I've got nothing to wear'. You don't honestly think those Bedouin women who have been traipsing over the Sahara desert all these years were just chasing goats do you? No way. Those ladies got the goss there was a discount shopping outlet somewhere out there and they're not leaving until they find it.

No one more than me can understand the primal consumer urge to shop. Give me a flashing red light, a bargain rack and a two-for-one sale and I'm in Nirvana. But even my firmly long-held belief of 'you can never shop too long or too hard' was shaken after a session at the Plaza with my youngest last Thursday night.

It's fair to say the only thing we agreed on was where to park the car. After that it was all pretty much downhill.

As we walked into the first shop the first thing my darling child did was hiss , 'Don't embarrass me, mum'. …

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