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  • I was always the last woman on the last down elevator as the store was closing.

  • Money was her drug, and spending it was her method of escaping from her life. The department stores and antique shops and French salons and auction houses, all intoxicated her. Like a drunk who doesn't care what he drinks as long as it contains alcohol, she bought without discrimination, without restraint. Later, when she took her purchases home and unwrapped them, her euphoria would evaporate and she would be left with a hangover.

  • A good buyer has two-faced eyes that see everything wrong with merchandise before it's bought, and everything right with it when it's to be sold again.

  • When you find something that you like, buy a lifetime supply. They are going to stop making it.

  • If the British are a nation of shopkeepers, Americans are a nation of shoppers.

  • There is nothing so costly as bargains.

    • Margaret Oliphant,
    • in Mrs. Harry Coghill, ed., The Autobiography and Letters of Mrs. M.O.W. Oliphant ()
  • ... the pyramids were built for pharaohs on the happy theory that they could take their stuff with them. Versailles was built for kings on the theory that they should live surrounded by the finest stuff. The Mall of America is built on the premise that we should all be able to afford this stuff. It may be a shallow culture, but it's by-God democratic. Sneer if you dare; this is something new in world history.

  • I have been to the pyramids of America. I have seen the cathedral of commerce. Our Parthenon, our Coliseum, our Chartres. I have been to the Mall of America, the world's largest shopping mall.

  • Bargaining is essential to the life of the world; but nobody has ever claimed that it is an ennobling process.

  • Shopping, true feminine felicity!

  • In most of the New York shop windows, one reads: 'Here we speak French;' 'Here we speak Spanish;' 'Here we speak German;' 'Here we speak Italian.' I suggest an improvement — 'Here we speak the Truth.'

  • Mrs. Hofmanstall's customers told her everything; there was certainly every opportunity to as shopping there was a slow business. There was time for life friendships to be built up.

  • To pile your grocery cart up high, / I find there's nothing worse / Than going through the check line / And find you have no purse.

  • One quarter of what you buy will turn out to be mistakes.

  • ... I don't let nobody shop for me. Whatever you send them for, they gonna bring what you didn't send them for. You send them for butter, they bring margarine. You send them for margarine, they bring butter. When I go, I get what I want and I don't have to go back to the store.

  • I shop therefore I am.

  • Customers must be delicately angled for at a safe distance — show yourself too much, and, like trout, they flashed away.

  • It turns out I will buy any yarn, even yarn I will never use, if the store discounts it by more than 50 percent.

  • I buy impulsively sometimes, totally forgetting what I look like and how I spend my time.

  • She was one of those women who used their charge accounts for retaliation. With each crisis in their deteriorating relationship, Grorley noted gloomily, Eunice's wardrobe had improved.

    • Hortense Calisher,
    • "A Christmas Carillon," The Collected Stories of Hortense Calisher ()
  • I've learned that expensive is the cheapest way to buy.

  • Wal-Mart is twentieth-century America in a nutshell. A modern, air-conditioned bazaar offering products from all over the world at irresistible prices. No one sits on a carpet and haggles with you only because the Grand Vizier has already read your mind and priced the things you want at the prices you want to pay.

  • ... shopping for clothes is like masturbation — everyone does it, but it isn't very interesting and therefore should be done alone, in an embarrassed fashion, and never be the topic of party conversation.

  • If it is good and I want it, they don't make it anymore.

  • It is the duty of consumers to find out under what conditions the articles they purchase are produced and distributed and to insist that these conditions shall be wholesome and consistent with a respectable existence on the part of the workers.

    • Josephine Shaw Lowell,
    • 1891, in Linda F. Golodner, "Apparel Industry Code of Conduct," in Mary E. Williams, Child Labor and Sweatshops ()
  • If shopping were an Olympic event, Bambi would be a gold medalist. In third grade, when we got our library cards, she thought we were charging the books.

  • He had a man's normal respect for shopping, which means none at all.

  • Malls are insular fantasy worlds where the relatively well-off pursue the study and acquisition of superfluous goods as a form of entertainment, in a society in which millions are in desperate need of something to eat and a safe, warm place to sleep.

  • Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another checkout line.

  • Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.