I’ll be real honest, in today’s world it’s pretty easy and convenient to just shop online, so much so that I do most of my shopping that way. However easy this process is, shopping online doesn’t always check all the boxes that shopping IRL can do.
I recently teamed up with Marshalls for a unique shopping experience – I got to shop the store with a consumer emotional and behavior expert, Peter Noel Murray Ph.D. while he interviewed me and my reactions to what I saw in the store. It was really eye opening to figure out what happens when you open yourself up to new possibilities. Additionally, I learned you can always surprise yourself with retail therapy and with additional has positive impacts on life outside of just shopping.
Fitting room diaries:
If you’re having a bad day, retail therapy can be a total help. Everything from being greeted by a friendly face when you walk in the door, to the excitement you feel when you find that one great deal can totally help turn things around. I’ve found some of my greatest treasures at Marshalls, especially in the home department! I’ve scored big with furniture, pillows, bedding and especially home decor accessories. My luck hasn’t stopped there, I’ve found a few high priced handbags for a bargain from brands I usually pay full price for.
The element of surprise can be key for a successful shopping trip and just your happiness in general. For example, did you know that 77% of women feel either happy or excited when they shake up their routine? I shook things up by perusing the beauty brands at Marshalls and was surprised by what I found. Not only is surprise important to shopping – the gift of surprise has powerful effects. Surprise is more than just a physical gift, it’s a positive emotion that creates an unmatched bond with something or someone. Once we experience surprise, our instinct is to pass it on to others and spread positivity.
Great brands and great prices are something I’ve come to expect at Marshalls in my years of shopping there – but I still find surprises around every corner when I’m shopping there. The thrill of the hunt and the excitement of a surprise is something you can only find at stores like Marshalls, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected when I walk through the doors because you truly never know what you’ll find… it’s like treasure hunting!
During my shopping experience with Dr. Murray, I also learned a few things about me as a shopper. I’m a bargain babe and I love a good deal, I’m pretty brand loyal but willing to try something new if it catches my eye, and I’m an emotional shopper who can be cheered up by a little retail therapy! While at Marshalls, I was totally surprised by the upscale beauty products at amazing prices, new brands I hadn’t ever heard of but was excited to try and some brand favorites that I never would expect to find at Marshalls
Overall, it was a fun, exciting and enlightening experience. I walked away with a cute striped skirt with pockets (from a brand that’s closed it stores but still lived on at Marshalls) that was originally $150 but mine for $15; a super soft white tee that I got for a steal and some pointed red flats for $35 (originally over $100) that I’ll wear year around. I walked out of Marshalls with two full outfits and accessories for under $200 – score!
Thanks to Marshalls for partnering on this post, all opinions are my own!