OK, let’s suppose that I have a large amount of money to spend as I please at the shops. What am I going to buy and where am I going to buy it?
I used to love to window shop and fantasise about what I would buy if I had that elusive winning lottery ticket. It’s actually much harder to decide now because although there are things I would like to have nobody seems to be making them anymore.
At one time I would have said that I would spend my windfall at John Martin’s department store in Adelaide where I could have bought clothes, homewares, gifts and dolls for my collection. Most homewares these days seem to be grey, it’s hard to find clothes I really like at the shops and many modern dolls are unappealing to me. Sadly “Johnnies” has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Can I please have my shopping spree at John Martins in about 1980? Oh and I’d like to go to Toys’R’Us when the Barbie section took up two aisles and was full of dolls and outfits for them.
I do like to go to markets and it would be great to go to a market and be able to buy whatever took my fancy but I’d also need a larger house to put things in. I would love to go to a doll show where I could buy all the vintage dolls I liked. Usually I have to look at everything and then decide on one or two things I can afford to buy.
Probably the place where I would really have my shopping spree though is eBay. There I have the best chances of finding the things I love and I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to carry them home.