I am here to return a jacket, I told myself. This is not a shopping trip, this a return-a-jacket trip.
Do you ever have to give yourself pep talks before you walk into *that one* store. For me, that store is Abercrombie & Fitch.
There will be no shopping, I told myself. No browsing. No “looking around for fun”. Looking around is NOT fun when you cannot buy anything – and YOU cannot BUY ANYTHING.
Except maybe a turtleneck sweater, because I’ve been looking for one of those. But anything else – NO.
“Hi there!” The sales girl greeted me as I walked into the store. I had my jacket-to-return in hand. “Something I can help you find?” She asked.
“Nope!” I said, gesturing to the bag in my hand. “Just have a return.” And that’s it. Just a return. No new clothes today, nope, I’m not even going to LOOK at that brown suede jacket that I can see out of the corner of my eye.
She pointed towards the back, which is where the service desk is (of course I already knew that, because I’m in here so often) and said “They can help you with that back there. Also – just to let you know,” No. Don’t listen. Whatever she says – don’t listen. “Everything in the store is buy one get one half off.”
Great. Buy one – get one half off. HALF off. So, basically, EVERYTHING in the store is 25% off. Everything. (As long as I buy more than one thing – which, let’s be real here, I probably would have anyway. <— Look at me, doing math.)
UGH. What am I doing? I’ve been in here for five seconds and already I’m trying to justify buying – not just ONE thing, but TWO? Get it together, Jenn.
I smiled politely at the girl and headed back to the service counter. I don’t need any new brown suede jackets, I have plenty of jackets at home. Not including this one that I’m returning because it didn’t fit right.
“Hello! I said to the guy behind the counter. “I just have a return.” Look at me, I wanted to say, not shopping. Even though you’re having this INCREDIBLE sale – it’s fine, I’m fine. I have willpower.
So much willpower. I don’t need to go see how much the brown suede jacket costs. I’m not thinking about wearing it when we go to San Francisco in three weeks. I have plenty of jackets that I can wear in San Francisco –
I mean, none of them are brown. Or suede. But that’s fine! I’m fine. I don’t need a new jacket, or a new scarf…
Ugh. But look at the scarves, I realized as I was standing there waiting for the guy to credit back my charge. That one is the PERFECT plaid – and I know that sounds dumb, but sometimes plaids can either go lumberjack or cheap-Burberry-knockoff…
Oh my gosh, and it’s so SOFT…
“So, that’ll be one sixty three back on your card.” He said, pulling me back into reality. Kind of. All I heard was – “You now have $163 back on your credit card that you can use to buy other things.”
NO. No. We are not buying other things. I can use that money for….. for, groceries. Or something equally boring and necessary.
“Great!” I said. “Thanks!”
Okay. I did it! I told myself. I returned the jacket, and now I should leave. I should LEAVE the store. Frugal, and minimalistic. I should not even LOOK at that leather bomber jacket with the faux fur collar…
I shouldn’t. I shouldn’t do it. I should just walk right past it and-
Aaaaand I’m looking at it.
Well, what was I supposed to do? Walk through the entire store with my eyes closed? Come on.
Curious to see which jacket I’m talking about? Check it out below, along with a few of my other favorites that I’ll be wearing this season!