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Quotations about Shopping



I've been shopping all my life and still have nothing to wear. ~Author unknown


The woman just ahead of you at the supermarket checkout has all the delectable groceries you didn't even know they carried. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966, ©Thomas Paine McLaughlin


CONSUMER  From con, meaning to dupe, and Latin summa, highest. The Dupe who pays the highest price. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Altogether New Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz, 1914


Of all the divers brands of joy that make our journey sunny, of all the bliss without alloy, there's none like spending money. It's well to put away a wad, against the rainy weather; it's well, when hard times are abroad, to have some coins together. But when you've salted down a roll of sesterces and talents, then, to invigorate your soul, go out and blow the balance. Don't let the saving habit grow, until you are a miser; salt down a part, a portion blow — that policy's the wiser. I like to toddle to the bank and put some bones in pickle; I like to save, but I'm no crank on saving every nickel. I like to take the extra plunk, and to the mart go flying, and buy a lot of useless junk, just for the sake of buying. ~Walt Mason


The other line moves faster. ~Ettorre's Observation, in John Peers, 1,001 Logical Laws..., 1979


Shopping tip:  You can get shoes for 85¢ at the bowling alley. ~Author unknown


Man thinks more of the cigar thrown in than of the box he pays for. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Only one shopping day left 'til tomorrow. ~Author unknown


What I've found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany's. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits... If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany's, then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name. ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


Unless you live in Indonesia, there should be several malls within five miles of your home. It makes no difference whatsoever which one you go to: Under federal law, all malls in the United States must have the same 42 chain stores. ~Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping: Go Knock Yourself Out," 1981, davebarry.com


Anyone who believes that the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another checkout line. ~Gem of the Day in the "Ann Landers" column (Esther Friedman Lederer), 1990


Sale Price — What something costs when it is priced only slightly above what it is worth; also what something is priced at the day after we bought it at a higher price. ~Richard E. Turner (1937–2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. "The Mudge," from "The Curmudgeon's Short Dictionary of Modern Phrases," c.2009, sites.google.com/site/grammarmudge


And then you read an advertisement saying that somebody has removed thirty per cent from the price of their ties and socks and collars,
So although the ties and socks and collars you already have are still pretty clean,
Why you go in and order fifty dollars' worth because by spending fifty dollars you can save fifteen...
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "To Bargain, Toboggan, To-Whoo!"


One cause of poverty is too many bargains. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor


It is the bargain counter that keeps us poor. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Ninety nine is a famous number
For at the market the seller knows
In our minds it's so much softer
Than its bigger brother the dollar!
~Terri Guillemets, "99¢"


Wouldn't it be great if retail therapy was covered by health insurance. ~Author unknown


A consumer is a shopper who is sore about something. ~Harold Coffin, unverified


A Christmas shopper's complaint is one of long-standing. ~Author unknown


If the shoe fits, buy it in every color! ~Author unknown


I shop like a bull — I charge everything. ~Author unknown


Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author unknown


But it is a cold, lifeless business, when you go to the shops to buy me something which does not represent your life and talent, but a goldsmith's. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson





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