Whether it be buying exotic soaps, collecting expensive wine, or perusing used book stores for vintage comics I conjecture that we all have at least one guilty pleasure. Indulging in this pleasure might be as simple as buying a lottery ticket or as lavish as subscribing to a weekly fresh flower delivery service. Some pleasures can be fraught with frivolity and high price tags and others may be easily justifiable as they take nothing but your precious time.
My hedonistic delights seem to change with the season. If you asked me a month ago I would have said shellac nail polish. A week ago--shoes. Today--Craisins. But there is one silly weakness that remains a constant in my life: my affinity towards all things sold at a drug store. What is it about drug stores that trick you into believing that you require everything on their shelves? They literally have everything--from camping gear to cough drops to cardboard cut-outs of Justin Bieber--all in one place. They display their products so conveniently, almost too conveniently to pass up, and they always have items on sale. Don't even get me started on rewards points. Incentives to shop? Yes please!
I admit to often being the ideal consumer when it comes to impulse buys. My willpower was tested yet again this afternoon during a trip to the local PharmaPlus. My mission? To mail a letter. I bee-lined it to the postage section and paid for my stamp. I then thought it perfectly harmless to meander through various aisles on my way out the door. Big mistake! I came across a display of reduced price pantyhose. Ooh la la. Did I need pantyhose? I did a mental inventory count of my sock drawer and could not recall if I owned any fully intact, nude-coloured ones. I bought them.
In this case I can argue that buying pantyhose was in fact a necessity, but there have been times when I have purchased lipstick, a loofah, body lotion, etc. simply for the thrill of it. I only buy things I intend on using, but one might argue that I don't necessarily need them at that exact moment. I simply want them in the moment. I am a self-proclaimed drug store hoarder and it pleases me so.
What are your guilty pleasures? Please share!