Once upon a time (yes, I am deliberately starting this as if it is a fairy tale because it was so long ago now…) I would spend days upon days wandering through stores looking for things that took my fancy. Sometimes I would spend those days madly rushing around looking for the one thing I desperately could not find.
Nowadays, I shop every single day. When I sit down to have my coffee in the morning – I shop. When I break for morning tea – I shop. Waiting for the kids at school pick up – I shop. Instead of rushing around lost and exhausted in the maze of shopping centres though, I shop online and I could not be happier.
Every day I thank the internet Gods for online shopping where I can score everything from groceries and gifts to handmade, beautiful things I would usually have to spend hours scouring the markets for. With online shopping, the world is my shopping centre and there are no limits to what I can lust after.
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Here are four of the most practical things you didn’t know you could buy online:
1. Handmade heaven – Etsy.
Planning a celebration or just want something beautiful for your home? Be warned – you are now entering a market on an international stage. Want that gorgeous silk, hand painted scarf from a tiny little store tucked away in the markets of Turkey? Or a vintage inspired dress from the latest hip boutique in SoHo? Yep. All on Etsy. You’ve been warned.
2. Baby EVERTHING – Diapers.com.
New mums do not have time to shop, but with online shopping, everything can be squeezed in, even during the 3am feed. Becoming a new mum seven years ago was like falling down the rabbit hole of the online shopping world, and with so many overseas choices this Alice is still having a ball.
3. House stuff – Designers Guild.
Have you ever gone out shopping for Manchester and given up trying to carry everything out to your car, exhausted and flustered from the weight of it all? I know I sure have. But my sister is building a new house and in one click she had ordered all her doonas, bed linen, cushions, pillows and throws and it was all delivered straight to her new place. Even more important was that every little thing she bought from this online store was absolutely beautiful.