I've always loved parties and relish in any excuse
to leave the house; quickly accepting most invitations as soon as I
Lately, a lot of the invitations I've gotten are
for "shopping parties." At first glance, I'm intrigued; wine,
snacks and shopping are all things I enjoy. However, the invitation
should say to remember to bring your credit card, because this
"party" is really a request to come over and buy stuff.
This concept is not new and dates back to the days
of Tupperware parties. I actually would attend a Tupperware party
today as none of mine have tops that fit and I
use and need plastic
Today there are parties for everything - clothes,
candles, cleaning supplies, crafts and artwork.
It is fun to get together with the ladies, drink
wine, talk about the kids and shop, but I've left those "parties"
some HUNDREDS dollars poorer. Truth be told, I never bought
anything that was so amazing that I can say it was worth
Either the atmosphere entices me or as my husband
says, "[I'm] a sucker and can't say no."
Honestly, I do feel obligated to buy something. I
think it is somewhat expected and rude not to leave with even the
smallest thing. Instead of not following proper etiquette, I am now
turning down invitations to such parties since I do not want to
feel forced to spend money.
What do you think? When it comes to shopping
parties, is it better to go but not buy anything or not go at
Beth Prystowsky is a grateful mother, wife, yoga teacher, and writer of Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom.
See more of Beth's stories here.
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