Retail Therapy

Believe it or not, shopping relaxes me. I know, it sounds crazy but its true. Just walking into a single brick and mortar store or even a mall brimming with every store imaginable, immediately gives me a sense of peace. I often wonder how it can seem so daunting to other people while I find it similar to therapy. If I am stressed out or just need to unwind, my automatic reaction is to head to the nearest retailer. Marshall's and TJ Maxx are my regular go-to's however, any boutique off the beaten path would work!

I think part of the reason I find it so calming is because I have such great memories attached to it. I wasn't born in the mall, but I definitely feel a strong genetic pull from the warm feelings it offers me. Special moments with my mother, sister and grandmother have always been the result of this lifelong habit and it began quite early for me. As a very young girl, shopping in downtown Syracuse at Sibleys and Dey Brothers started it. My mom, sister and I would pick up my grandmother, and her wheelchair and take her shopping. Her arthritis required her to have some extra assistance for the days outing so while waiting for my mom to help her get settled in the car, I would entertain myself by wheeling around, until we were ready to head out on our routine Saturday excursion.


If shopping was considered a sport in high school, I would have won all kinds of awards. Most Dedicated, Last to Leave, Marathon Miler and even Most Improved! My sister and I thought that's what ALL girls did every Saturday! Apparently NOT! Window shopping as well as inspecting the merchandise's fit and style by trying on one thing after another to find just the perfect piece was considered normal behavior for us.