Shop Talk : Desire or essential?
Have you ever been out, seen the most amazing purse, fabulous drill, or greatest toy and just couldn't say no - even though you knew you didn't need it? It's happened to the best of us. Want versus need wins out a lot more than you know, which generally can be proven with a glance in most closets that contain must-haves with a price tag still hanging from the sleeve. My search this week was to find highly desirable items, and boy was I successful.
Oak Bluffs had some great hits on Circuit Avenue. The Lazy Frog shone with a Glow in the Dark Bocce set ($99 or $149 for the mondo version) which would be a great midsummer's evening game. The PortOPong, a beer pong table ($54.99), will make you the life of the party, anywhere, anytime (just make sure to collect keys first).
Laughing Bear always seems to guarantee that you walk out with something, especially with their current great sale on almost the entire store. Mom and I loved the Sacred Threads 100-percent wool scarf ($62) that was multi-covered and woven, which offers two different sides to the same scarf. Mom couldn't keep her eyes off the Velvet & Silk embroidery wrap with a tie ($144), that I bet will make it into her suitcase for her upcoming birthday cruise.
Phillips Hardware got me excited for the summer, with their colorful, metal wind spinner ($23.99). With their 82nd anniversary celebration (Congratulations!), they are offering 20 percent off storewide through this Saturday, which ensured I couldn't say no to the flash. Third World Trading Co. has the most amazing Rising Tides 100-percent wool wallets ($14) that are colorful and decorated with various shapes. Their Fingerless Gloves ($18) go all the way up to your elbows to guarantee a warm, comfortable fit.
In Vineyard Haven one of my favorites, the Green Room, has the fabulous KoBo pure soy candles ($35), with scents such as Peace on Earth. Oh do they make the house smell good. Off Main's wide selection of lighted silk flowers bouquets ($32) brighten any room, like my living room, and are easy to place in any vase you might have. The carved wooden ducks ($24 and up) are whimsical and colorful, and they're safe for the little ones to touch. Mix made me want to travel with their Scenic Shower Curtains ($16.95). I could travel to Paris, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, or the Brooklyn Bridge. They also offer some other unique shower scenes, as depicted by Psycho or Jaws, yikes. Whimsy, which is popular in my family, could be fulfilled with the Windup Sumo Wrestlers ($9.95/pair). A battle has begun.
Whatever you fancy, make sure you have some fun when out shopping. A smile can go a long way in brightening your day and the day for others. If you have a suggestion or have been recently swept away by a shopping desire, write to let me know. I would love to share your ideas with our readers, and they'd love it too.