The world is divided into exactly two types of people.
Wearers and Savers.
Let me explain: Sometimes you buy something new, and you have to put it on within seconds of swiping your credit card. You in fact are so excited, that after paying for your new top you make a beeline for the changing room, rip off the shirt you’re already wearing (just barely managing to close the door first), and emerge wearing your just-made purchase. If you DO manage to make it home in your old clothes, there’s no question about what you’ll be putting on bright and early the next morning. If this sounds at all familiar, you’re a Wearer.
Then there’s the shopper who keeps her new purchase snug in its shopping bag for days, sometimes weeks. This person loves the having of something new as much as she likes the new thing itself. The Saver keeps the bag in the corner of a room, savoring (no pun intended) the sheer knowledge that she has something new to wear. Sometimes she might even try on her latest purchase a couple times before actually wearing it.
I’m a Saver. In fact, as I write this I have a little bundle in the corner of my bedroom containing a dress and shirt I bought in Canada, and a little brown bag with rope handles containing a ring I bought at the Bust Craftacular as my Hannukah gift to myself (no scoffing please, Hannukah is a PERFECT excuse for a little self-indulgence, as is Arbor Day, Guy Fawkes day, and myriad other holidays).
Whether you’re a Saver or a Wearer might have something to do with how you’re raised, or even your genes, my (not at all extensive) research has shown. Dad is a Saver. He holds on to a new pair of shoes, or a sweater, for weeks before wearing them. Mom, on the other hand, is a Wearer. She claims this is because her own mother made her be a Saver when she was a girl. My friend Nurse V is the same way; I have in fact met her for shopping and dinner, when she’s worn one thing for shopping, and something entirely different for dinner.
Not to get too psychological, but to me, once you open the package, a little bit of the excitement of having something new ebbs away. Once you start wearing it, after all, it’s no longer new. No?
Anyway, I want to hear from you. Are you a Saver, or are you a Wearer?