“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
― Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck was a wise and witty lady who spoke many truths through humor. This quote is not only true of myself, but also when I send my husband to the store for something. No matter how many items on his list, I almost always text him with one, or two more while he is on the way there.

I can’t remember a point in my life where I ever really enjoyed shopping for clothes and shoes, and most definitely not with others. I’ve known people to spend entire days at the mall, browsing the racks. I have been with others who approach shopping in this manner. Thought I would die!

I am more of a mission shopper when it comes to clothing and shoe stores. If I need something, I go into the store with that mission, seek it out and if it’s the right price that I’m willing to pay, I buy it. Aside from that, I’m totally committed to online shopping. This requires a skillset of reading and researching to know if something will fit, be comfortable, look flattering and be priced right. Still takes less time than driving to the mall to spend the day there. I’m more than happy to pay shipping, because I would otherwise spend that money in gas to drive to the mall. Not to mention, there are generally coupons available online that I can use to offset shipping costs, including free shipping coupons on occasion. As you can imagine, Amazon Prime is my virtual chocolate, followed by Kroger click list, to name a few of my favorites. These are huge time savers for me.

However, there are a few stores I could spend half a day in and not blink an eye. JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, Ben Franklin Crafts, Hobby Lobby, most quilt shops, Home Depot and Lowes and pretty much any bookstore. Seeing a pattern here (no pun intended)? Stores where I can kick into creative gear and immerse myself in endless possibilities for crafts, home remodeling and entertainment. Everyone has a passion. Some like to shop and create new outfits and trends. I like to shop to create with fiber, glass and woodworking. Rihanna effectively sums up how she feels about her music, which is spot on the feeling I get when I’m working on crafts:

“Making music is like shopping for me. Every song is like a new pair of shoes.” Rihanna