Retail therapy

June 15, 2010

I’ve just heard the thud of the post hitting the mat. And I can tell by the size of that thud that there is a good haul of catalogues included today. Yummy! What all those retailers don’t realise, though, is that, for me, leafing through the catalogues, or even surfing online for goods, has virtually taken the place of buying. By the time I’ve browsed a site like, say, this delicious one for lighting , or this one for furniture , I’m often all shopped out. 

 Of course, there are exceptions, but I’ve found myself, of late, ordering stuff and then sending it all straight back. Normally, I’m too idle to get to the post office to return mail order goods. Things that don’t fit, don’t suit or don’t make any sense at all end up shoved to the back of the wardrobe for all eternity. Now, however, I’m making the effort. Is the credit crunch finally catching up with me, here in Dulwich? Yikes.

Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to be sent things to review, like the multiple mobile phone charger Premier Family Charger. With two talkative girls in the house, I completely saw the point of having some sort of charger central, which would whisk away all our jumbled cords in a clever, tidy fashion. I wasn’t disappointed in this – the Family Charger is a neat gadget which sorts everything in a way I really approve of. Where it does fall down a little, though, is that it has its own long, ugly black cord, which snakes around the kitchen in place of the others. Ok, one cord is an improvement on four – but wouldn’t it have been great if you could have tidied this cord away too? I know, I know, I am impossible to please. For anyone not as bonkers to me, this is the end of your charging woes.

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  • Crystal Jigsaw June 15, 2010 at 7:59 am

    When you have stuff to review, do you have to send it back after a certain amount of time, or do you get to keep it? I know what you mean about the catalogues, I got a Christmas one a few weeks ago!

    CJ x

    • Dulwich Divorcee June 15, 2010 at 9:02 am

      Hi lovely CJ, I tend not to review things unless I can hold on to them – if I like them – as most of the stuff is for the children, and I can’t really take stuff away from them once it’s been played with a bit. Having said that, I don’t do a lot of reviews. I’m not mad about reading them on other people’s sites and I always reckon people will find them a bit boring here too. Ooooooh, Christmas catalogues! I can’t wait. Haven’t had one yet. Bring them on! xx

  • exmoorjane June 16, 2010 at 2:02 am

    I am so totally with you on the catalogue front. My favourites are Pedlars (I can even get away with not going camping after gazing at their bell tents!) and Not On The High Street (that one takes away my need for nice trinkets). Boden – fantasies of being a yummy mummy indulged and forgotten. Toast – total lifestyle transformation no longer needed. So so true.
    Glad the charger thingy worked so well… That website is really good for those of a techy persuasion – one day I’ll get round to getting a decent phone!

    • Dulwich Divorcee June 18, 2010 at 4:14 am

      I completely agree with you about Toast! I can’t imagine for one second ordering any of the clothes – none look as though they remotely fit – but love all that drifting around ancient French farmhouses clutching cups of milky coffee, what bliss. Also the White Catalogue – so pristine, so crisp, so neat ….so tragically not me. If only they had an off-White catalogue ….