Girls Write Out
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I’m ashamed to admit this. Kristin will disown me as her friend, but it’s time I let the world know.

I’m not a shopper.

Get in and get out, that’s my motto. To just slug around and window shop makes me crazy. I get bored, tired, cranky—pretty much like the Israelites wandering in the desert, that’s me.

So, my daughter introduces me to, ah-hem, on-line shopping. Not good. I can plop myself in my favorite chair, surf for everything from toenail clippers to the latest fashions without ever leaving my house.

Sheer bliss.

It’s painless—well, to me anyway, my husband gets a few pains here and there when he sees the bills—and it’s fun! Not only that, but then you have the added excitement of waiting for the package to arrive! The fun never ends!

Course, by the time the package comes, I’ve moved on to another site and ordered something else.

I wouldn’t call myself addicted—that’s something I reserve for chocolate alone—but I’m pretty doggone into it.

Don’t even talk to me about eBay. If I go there, I may not surface for the next six months.

Time to ‘fess up. Anyone else into online shopping besides me?
Diann Hunt  
posted at 7:15 AM  
  Comments (22)
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At 8:30 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I *LOVE* online shopping! No lines, no mean cashiers, no mean ME! No driving to get where you want to be. LOVE it! eBay is my favorite place to shop (and sell) you can find anything there! I'd much rather shop for anything at home than ever hitting the stores--the only problem is that you don't know how that candle really smells or if those jeans will go over your hips....

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

For a homebody like me, online shopping is great. But like Suzanne said, jeans are a definite no-no. I have to try on 15 pair before finding one that fits.

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Um, yeah, I LOVE online shopping, too. In fact, right now I'm waiting for my latest ebay purchase to show up...but, I also try to stay away from purchasing pants or skirts online...they NEVER fit. Shirts are ok, but nothing on the bottom, that's my rule -- that I TRY to follow...but sometimes those Banana jeans look SOOO cute on the screen...

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I haven't bought Christmas or birthday presents in real stores in three years. I LOVE online shopping! No crowds, no tired feet.

I still have to buy jeans and pants the old fashioned way, but I buy everything else online. I just bought my baby girl an iPod for her birthday online. They engraved it and delivered it right to her door.

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Reese said...

I HATE shopping! I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one, since all the times I've admitted that to anyone I get looks like I'm from outer space.

eBay Rocks! I buy and sell there. Pretty much any online shopping is good. But I rarely buy clothes online, especially pants.

I did buy maternity pants online when I was pregnant. Being adjustable, they're a pretty safe bet. eBay is a great place to buy maternity clothes- they're often in good condition since a gal can only be pregnant and use them for so long, and you can find cute clothes you may not be able to find in your area.

:) Reese

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

I hate shopping too - I thought I was the only odd duck! And I love online shopping - no lines, no rude sales clerks. I find what I need and check out!

At 9:56 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Me, too! Me, too! My most recent online purchase: antique replica hardware for my Eastlake Victorian dresser. I could not believe it when I found EXACT replicas of the originals (some cracked, some missing altogether)! My online shopping cup runneth over.


At 10:47 AM, Blogger Keisha-Michelle said...

Okay, I'm the oddball here, because I love shopping in-store, on-line, or over the phone. I just love to shop. I even love convenience stores. My favorite shopping places of all time--Cost Plus World Market and Office Depot. YEA!!!! Now for Christmas, I am a complete online girl. But I also buy everything over the Internet...even pants. Old Navy has great fitting jeans for me and since I'm always in their store, I pretty much know how they're going to fit. Same goes for Gap and Banana Republic.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...


I'm not a shopper either. One Christmas about eight years ago I discovered online shopping.

I'm hooked, addicted, credit card armed and ready!

It's dangerous.

Now, iTunes is my big tempation. What's .99 for a song?

Well, a thousand songs later, you KNOW how much .99 is for a song.


(No, I didn't really order a thousand dollars worth of songs, yet.)


At 12:34 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Okay, now you have me worried. I ordered a pair of pants, and I've never done that before. Sigh. Oh, well, live and learn

The main problem I can see with this whole thing (aside from spending all our life's savings) is the time I spend shopping online. But it's like I have to do research while I'm writing, and next thing I know google slips into Coldwater Creek which slips into . . . . well, you get the idea.

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

I do both kinds of shopping. Online, I buy books, home decor items, gift items, even new stepstools for the sinks in the church nurseries. It's so easy.

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

I love online shopping for similar reasons--no lines, no tired feet, and no parking hassles.

I do love to browse real bookstores though. Since ours closed, I've been going through withdrawal, so CBD has become a new cyberhome.

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Georgiana D said...

I absolutely LOATHE shopping in stores. Too many years in retail management. Online is great for everything except books, pants, and shoes. I do love anticipating a package, then Ooooo, to see a brown box on my doorstep--it's a rush!

PS. Hide the bills.

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Di, one word:

Don't tell Jim I told you. : )

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Kristin, I was HOPING you wouldn't bring Zappos up. *grrr* Now I need to go there *fingers itch in anticipation*

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Once more, I find that we're twins separated at birth. I HATE shopping. My dh says I'm the only woman he's never minded shopping with. :o)

Him, on the other hand, can look at every single shirt in a store. So why am I such a delight for him to shop with?

I love online shopping. But NOT the TV thing. Remember when what-was-it, QVC came on? Oh my word. My dh bought a keyboard. Well, it was a great price. It even lit up.


But neither of us plays the piano. I used it for a kitchen counter for a few years. Now I have no idea where it is.


At 8:44 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...


By the way, my husband loves to shop, too! *g*

At 1:33 AM, Blogger Shauna said...

Books! I've begun ordering books online. I love the savings...and if you order enough you get free shipping. So, I make lists and then buy a bunch of books at once. It's thrilling! The sight of one book long anticipated, takes my breath away. Opening a box to find 4 or more....sheer bliss! Like Christmas, where every gift is a book...*gasp*. I need to stop and take a breath.

Oh, my other weakness...handbags. I found vintage handbags on ebay! I spent many hours checking them out! It's hard to decide on one, though. Kristin, you gotta check it out...uh, if you haven't already. LOL!

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Jill said...

I love shopping both in stores and online, but I'm not the one receiving all the packages at my house! My husband goes through spurts of online shopping! He may not touch it for weeks, but once he does, watch out! Packages are thrilling until you find out they hold pocket knives or sports equipment!

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Amy said...

I love shopping everywhere, as well. Online and in the store. But shipping prices are going up, so I fear the joy of great bargains online may be too... :(

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Sandie said...

I bought the cake topper for my daughter's wedding on Ebay. Yes, I love to shop - online only. Glad to know I'm obviously not the only one.

At 12:15 AM, Blogger Chela Hardy said...

I thought I was alone in this! Glad to see other people have the shop-at-home addiction.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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