Saturday, December 24, 2011

Purchase Patience

Stopped by the credit union the other day and did the standard 10 minute surgical strike at the neighborhood thrift.

I found one. It’s been two years of searching I call Purchase Patience. The price is always dirt-cheap and never the issue. The problem is there’s a certain model I want. You know the old doctors scales with a platform to stand on with two weights to balance? This recent scale was close in design, but not close enough. I passed.

Snapshots of all the scales found but not purchased came to mind. There’ve been many.

It’s not aggravating, the scale of the wait. [Pun intended.]

Purchase Patience emphasizes the value of waiting for a reward, something seldom promoted in the current American Now Culture. When consumers are given the latest gadget and toys year round, what could one want for Christmas? I guess that’s why we have Chia Pets, chocolate fountains and S’more makers. Yikes.

A girlfriend once told a precious story about her brothers and sisters crowding around the freshest JC Penney catalog with lightening fast reaction to be the first to slap their little hand on an item and call, “Dibs!” for Christmas.

I remember the Penney’s catalog and the roller skates I wanted for Christmas. Once received, I wore them everywhere but school for about two years, possibly three. I asked for a size up and stuffed the toe until I fully grew into them, thinking ahead as to how I could make these skates go the distance on time.

I reminisced items passed over just this year alone. Can’t count how many pieces of cashmere not purchased, all under my Flinch Point. If the funding were available, I’d open the Girlfriend Hotel where women check in for much needed therapeutic respites. The hotel would have a huge library of movies and books, serve the best comfort food, have suites of adjoining rooms, an in-room spa service for pedicures, and each visitor would be given a complete ensemble of cashmere to wear during their stay. The hotel would offer all the things that help women relax so they can come together for girlfriend laugh therapy. Until that day comes, camping in the mountains with our little girls serves as a primitive hotel. The bathrooms are not bathrooms but the views of the Milky Way can’t be beat.

In today’s world it’s a bit comical that I’ve passed on replacement glassware because the glass was $0.99 not $0.49. The same applies to replacement plates and bowls. I’ve passed on natural fiber yarns, new skeins for about $1, because the color wasn’t quite right.

People not familiar with Purchase Patience will dive on a bargain without stopping to think, “Is this really what I want or need?”

The knowing that what you want will eventually present itself, eliminates the pressure in purchasing and allows Purchase Patience to take root.

I hope more Americans pause and realize we, as a nation, need more Purchase Patience on all items we consume, both large and small ticket. We’re purchasing jokes, frauds, default credit swaps. Why?

If we haven’t learned that the Now Culture is not sustainable, wow, that doesn’t speak well to our smarts as a first world country.

Think about it, wouldn’t Purchase Patience be a good thing to want for Christmas? That, and Peace. [I made Peace a proper noun because I think it important enough.]

Our family received an unexpected and much-wanted gift yesterday. Our dear friend, unanimously elected into the family, showed up at the front door via Jamaica! She’s in little Pie’s room and is about to sledding on Governor’s Hill. Being from Jamaica, this will be her first time. Today, we sled!

Best to all and may you find what you truly need and want this Christmas. Godspeed!


Beth said...

Hear hear!

The other night, I was sitting by my tree, listening to music, sipping wine, almost dozing off, and I thought, "This is what I want for Christmas." And I realized in the next thought, "And I have it."

I share your chocolate-fountain consternation!

Thanks, as ever, for a great post. I love to see the site highlighted in my Google Reader when I log in. I'm always happy to read your smart thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I love your thoughts on thrifting and your intelligent way of looking at our need for "things". I actually pity those who are so hung up on "labels" which seems to be most of my friends these days; I consider them complete victims of the retail industry.
Keep up the good work! Oh, and happy thrifting!!

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy your thought provoking posts...and like one of the other commenters said, I'm always excited to see that you have a new post. Please keep it up! Happy Holidays!

Beth said...

This xmas, thrifted treasures went into stockings and also were given as gifts ti my children and friends. "Wow this is cool" and "I just love this!" were among the comments. These finds ranged from 25 cents to $3. Thifting helps me keep my gift budget in check and personalize my gifts in the way a "new" item rarely does. Plus, because these items are never on anyone's list, they're always a surprise. (Isn't that one of the best things about a gift?). I'm already crusin' the isles for 2012 xmas, birthdays, and even Easter basket surprises....I track purchases in my planner and because it's now a year-round effort, I'm managing the seasonal frenzy with confidence and yes, a bit of detachment.