Retail Therapy – Fact or fiction?

I recently read a blog post called ‘Small Haul Today” by  She mentioned retail therapy and how it made her feel better!  It got me thinking about whether or not retail therapy actually works.

Here are some reasons about how Retail Therapy is fact:

1)  It just makes you feel so much better!

That feeling of elation when you buy something. It’s exciting and shopping is always guaranteed to make me feel better and be more happy.

Like Becky Bloomwood says in The Confessions of a Shopaholic:

“That moment. That instant when your fingers curl round the handles of a shiny, uncreased bag—and all the gorgeous new things inside it become yours”.

2) Retail therapy is relaxing.  

There is nothing better than strolling into a shop and knowing exactly what you are going to buy.  I love thinking ahead and writing lists before I go shopping – that way I don’t accidentally buy anything I don’t need.   I wouldn’t say I have an addiction to shopping.   I buy what I need not what I want.  If I go into a shop and see something I want, I think about whether I actually need it and how many outfits it’ll suit in my wardrobe.

Even when I internet shop, I find that I get the same sense of elation.  I don’t know why.

According to Wikipedia, “retail therapy is shopping with the sole purpose of improving the mood”.

“As I stare at it,I can feel little invisible strings,silently tugging me toward it. I have to touch it. I have to wear it. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” – Confessions of a Shopaholic.

I am not as obsessed as Becky Bloomwood was in the series (that series is actually still ongoing.  Have any of you read it before?).  But there I do get like that when I am looking for clothing inspiration on pinterest, other blogs and on google.  

According to  the Journal of Consumer Research, people who use retail therapy as a way to feel better often dwell on their problems for longer and also have more issues with self control.  

I think not!  Retail therapy is good in moderation.  For me, I don’t go out an buy things when ever I feel sad! And sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up.  Everyone has their own way of dealing with issues that we face in our day to day lives.

What are your views on retail therapy?  

Also, check this out:

Retail Therapy Week

I never knew that there was a week dedicated to Retail Therapy!


21 thoughts on “Retail Therapy – Fact or fiction?

  1. I think shopping in the moment can be fun but not it you go overboard and realize that you’ve spent more money than you planned on.
    After working in retail for a few years there is absolutely fun about shopping.

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    1. I am an organised person, so when I go shopping I create pro/con type lists. If I try to buy something I don’t need I shove it back on the rack and run out the shop. It works for me 😀 And it does work on the wallet. When my Aunt passed away my uncle and dad found 2 whole wardrobes full of clothes that she had never worn..she spent a ton of money on things she didn’t need!


      1. Women will be women….. 😉

        Although I have to say that this is the first time I heard a woman saying that she creates a pro/con list when going shopping, that´s quite something, but practical at the same time.

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      2. Well, I need to create a pro/con list, otherwise I’ll buy all this stuff that I don’t need and that I’ll never actually wear! Shops make things look good, but sometimes when they get home they look terrible! 😀


      3. I think it’s the lights in shops and bigger mirrors. I don’t know. It just makes everything look prettier! I guess it’d be mean if I said that I’m on holiday and I don’t have to wake up at 6.45 for work?!


      4. No, since I´m sort of on holiday. It´s a leave of absence you might call it. I just couldn´t sleep. And after the blog and wordpress I´ll start with my incredible and majestic novel I´m writing.

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      5. This guy who is not going in the right direction in life, he eventually finds God and he becomes a pries, but a member of his congregation does something to him so he starts plotting how to kill him and each plot is a botch plot one screw up after another, then goes to jail and he becomes there a rabbi. I still have to figure out the ending.
        I just have a hard time writing serious things.

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  2. I have mixed feelings about retail therapy. When I most need something like it, my stress and upset levels are almost always money related. So the few moments of elation are quickly replaces by “oh god should I have spent that money? Crap. I guess it’s Ramen for dinner for the next few weeks.” But when I pair some retail therapy with having extra money to spare and an already good mood, it simply bumps said good mood and keeps me going.

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