Like many women, I have a big weakness for anything cute! Some guys share this weakness with us, but most don’t admit it! This includes cute little objects like those edamame chopstick rests above, animals, children, clothing, etc. Basically anything goes. It’s one of my biggest weaknesses and a source of where a lot of my money seems to go. My favorite cute item I have is a vinyl figure of a green cartoon bear. He’s sitting on his butt staring off with a vacant expression on his face while his hair is constantly being blown to one side.
I grew up loving Sanrio products because of their cute characters and spent a lot of money buying stationary, books, pens, figurines, and a whole slew of other things. Then Lisa Frank became really popular and I was buying that stuff up like crazy! These days I’m spending a lot less on items that are simply cute but not for any useful purpose. I still have some stuffed animals floating around that I can’t bear to part with. I also have a ton of vinyl figures that I was into a few years ago. I have so many of them that I had to make myself stop buying them! Let’s just say anything remotely cute in our apartment is all my stuff.
Well, cute stuff generally has a higher price tag. Plus it wears down my defenses and I get impulsive and want to buy it just because it’s so cute! I’ve fallen into this trap many times because I fell in love with something and it ended up being totally useless. Here’s a few things I try to do to keep myself from buying it! I’ve become much better over the years at this!
Is it functional?
When something is cute and functional, then it’s much better than just a useless object that you simply display. At least that’s what I tell myself. For instance this can apply to small bowls and chopsticks. If it’s something I will definitely be using anyway, then it’s something valid I can spend my money on. Of course, only if I need it too!
Do you really need it?
Sometimes I’ll walk into a store and see an adorable stuffed animal and have to run over to grab it. It’s always tempting to buy, but I don’t need stuffed animals. As it is, I already have quite a few. Well more than a few. I also have a ton of figurines on my shelves so I definitely don’t need more of those! It’s best to walk away and then give yourself some time to think objectively.
Am I going to like it after a week has passed?
Looking around, there are a few things I wish I hadn’t bought in the first place. Some items I still love looking at. Others were just a waste of money. That’s basically what impulse buying sometimes gets you. You end up with stuff that you don’t even like after a short time has passed.
Can you buy it for anyone else?
This is usually the method I love resorting to! If you have to buy a gift for someone anyway and think they would love what you just found, then buy it for them! You’ll get the satisfaction of buying something so cute and you’ll get to see someone enjoy it. You’ll get a lot of your gift shopping and maybe even Christmas shopping done early with this method!
Do you have a weakness for anything cute? What’s your favorite cute thing?