Post # 1
The bed linens thread made me curious to know how other people tend to shop. Having shopped with quite a wide variety of people (with a spectrum of tastes, styles, budgets, etc.), I’ve learned that people don’t use the same approach when selecting what to purchase.
So, which shopper are you (you can be more than one and some are rather silly :P)?
- Tactile shopper? You touch everything you can before you purchase. Touch, touch, touch is your motto! And if a store doesn’t have a dressing room then you refuse to buy.
- Visual shopper? Often times, an aesthetically appealing item is more important than the feel of the fabric. You may not need to try clothing on because your eyes do not lie. You pretty much know what will look/feel good based on how the item looks. Though, you are a shopper who likes to twirl around in especially twirl-worthy skirts.
- Aural shopper? You like to listen to the whisper of the fabric, the jingle-jangle of the accessories, the creak of the leather. You stay far away from squeaky clothing (i.e. pleather) and crispy-sounding materials (i.e. nylon–I am NOT a tent).
- Oral shopper? You have to taste before you buy. Your tongue gives you a much better sense of the quality/attractiveness of the item than any other sense. Lick away, ma sœur/mon frère!
- Nasal shopper? Your nose knows most clothes. You rely on your super-sniffer not only to detect poor quality but also to expose harmful dyes/chemicals and unsavory prices.
- Fiscal shopper? Nothing gives you a better sense of how to shop better than your trusty billfold. Your physiological senses may lead you down a slippery slope, but your wallet will never let you down.
Post # 3
@MlleFabuleux: tactile, definitely tactile
Post # 4
And…I didn’t even answer my own question.
I am very tactile, but my experience with so many different fabrics has also improved my visual shopping skills (so I can typically spot different fabrics before touching them). I also have a bit of aural shopping tendencies, as I am attracted to very “swishy” fabrics/styles.
I’ve never licked clothing before (ew), but I have smelled them (esp. overdyed denim). And of course, my wallet is a sense I try to listen to most of the time. 😀
@edgebee: Good to see I am not the only one!
Post # 5
The process is like a giant funnel with a very wide entrance compared to a very narrow spout:
1.First I have to be drawn to it visually, then 2. I check materials (I avoid synthetics wherever possible), then 3. I have to try it on to see how it looks on me, it has to look even better on me than by iteself (but if it has an unpleasant feel or smell that will eliminate it too).
At each step, many more things fail than pass (esp. 1 and 3). If it was so awesome it did pass rounds 1-3 above, it’s the final elimination round: the price on the tag and what that breaks down to in estimated cost-per-wear.
Not a lot makes it through all 4 rounds. I don’t buy much. What I do buy I usually love and wear to pieces.
Post # 6
Considering I think anything for just casual daily use over $25 too expensive, totally fiscal. But I am super tactile too and will touch everything in the store.
Post # 7
@MlleFabuleux: I like how you worded the poll choices, very cute and creative. First, I like to make sure I have the funds to shop before doing so. When it comes to buying linens, I like to touch them or see how the feel. When I walk in a shop, smell is usually my first sense, followed by sight. I haven’t been in too many places that smelled bad but I can imagine if a linen store smelled bad, I’d probably leave pretty quickly. I recently visited a clothing boutique that had this awesome smelling candle burning. I think that nice smell actually kept me in there longer than I intended to be but I didn’t buy anything.
I’m a very visual person. I don’t shop online very much at all for this reason. It’s very hard to determine the quality of an item online.
Post # 8
@joya_aspera: @greenidlady: It’s quite intriguing to read how you both have rather involved shopping approaches, as well, but you use your senses in different orders (and assign different levels of importance). I am such a nerd, but this is seriously fascinating to me.
@chasesgirl: LOL I imagine you are like me: you leave clothes swinging on the racks in your wake. 😛
Post # 9
Tactile and visual. My hubby makes fun of me because I have to touch everything.
Post # 10
Tactile, visual and wallet. If I can’t out the clothes cause of scents I’m outta there. Even that’s pretty tactile. I often start to feel a reaction before I can smell the scent.
Post # 11
I touch alllllll the things! So I’m a tactile shopper. People probably see me shopping and think that I am petting the clothes..and maybe I am.
Post # 12
I’m a very tactile shopper. My Fiance makes fun of me because I touch everything. If a piece of clothing is super cute but I don’t like the feel of it, then I have no further interest.
Post # 13
I have a combination of touch, sight and wallet. But I think sight first before the rest.
Post # 14
i do everything but taste and smell. ew
Post # 15
@MlleFabuleux: Aahaha, your descriptions of each poll option seriously mastupid laugh. I live for this type of humor. Could you imagine people going around licking handbags?
Post # 16
I’m a visual and tactile shopper. I seem to have difficulty with the fiscal sense :-/ I rarely look at price tags but have a special talent of being able to find the most expensive item in the store, on the table, hanging on a rack, etc.