I was listening to OPB in the car last night, waiting for David’s flight to arrive, when they mentioned Hauls. Basically, these are videos uploaded on Youtube by shoppers (aka haulers) to display their recent purchases. At first I found the whole notion ridiculous. But then I realized I’ve done sort of the same thing myself (albeit mostly in review format) on my blog. One listener posed a good question “Is this how we define ourselves, by what we buy and what we consume?” I think, in many ways, the answer is yes.
This made me think about my own recent purchase. Have you been to the dollar store lately? I don’t know why, but I never go there. I think of it as mostly a place full of unnecessary junk. However, I was looking for safety pins at the craft store the other day and ended up buying 100 asst. pins for $3.99. That seemed like a lot to me, but I bought them anyway, since the previous two places I looked were sold out. Then I got the idea in my head to check the dollar store. They carried 200 asst. pins for only $1. Much better! Sure, there is a lot of junk, but some true bargains, too. I think the trick is only buying what you actually think you’d use, and not get sucked into the but-it’s-only $1! trap.
So what did I buy? A box of colored staples, a package of Elmer’s glue, a roll of craft wrapping paper, and some safety pins, for the bargain price of $4. If only I could always be so successfully thrifty. 🙂