"Oniomania is another word for the urge to shop till you drop, habit of the debit, thrill of the bill. According to a pearl of ancient wisdom, we don't acquire things, things acquire us. In the case of oniomaniacs, it is perhaps the fun of acquiring things that acquires them."
This definition came to me from Wordsmith, an online "word-of-the-day" subscription service.
I didn't know there was a "formal" word for non-stop shopping until I read this. I have had a few friends who were guilty of it - and I have been known to burn up a credit card or two - but not for many years. Shopping is fun as long as you have the money to pay for your purchases, but sooner or later you realize that buying things does not automatically purchase happiness. Take children for example; I watched two of my granddaughters flit from shelf to shelf in a store at Downtown Disney. They wanted everything, and could not make a decision until they were forced to by lack of time. I am fairly certain that the items they purchased will bore them almost immediately.
Speaking of the ridiculous: there is an area in the Disney Store called the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. I would have shown the brochure if my scanner hadn't died. Here is the copy on it:
"The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is dedicated to every True Princess who ever dreamed her sneakers were glass slippers and to girls who believe it's better to twirl than walk, sing than talk and that everything goes better with sparkles. For now, she wants her own Fairy Godmother, a little sprinkling of fairy dust, and the glamourous attention every Real Disney Princess deserves. You supply the dream and we'll suply the style and magic to help you make your fairy-tale dreams come true.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Menu of Services~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Coach Makeover......$35.00 Choice of one hair style and makeup.
Crown Makeover......$45.00 Choice of one hair style, makeup, and nails.
Castle Makeover......Starting at $175.00......Crown makeover, plus your choice of child's Princess costume with accessories and a Princess Photo Shoot including an imaging package. Guests must be at least 3 years of age. All prices are before tax and subject to change.........."
Am I wrong? Or am I just a tightwad? I cannot imagine spending that much money on a child of 3-4-5, or even 10, for something that may last 3 hours. You wouldn't believe how many children we saw come out of that salon with full costume, hair, make-up and nails; even some as young as three. There was even one family with two little girls who had the full treatment. That's $350 minimum, people, without tax! It boggles my mind, especially since the parents didn't look as though they came by the money easily. I know it is wrong to judge them (and they could be independently wealthy) but at that indulgence rate - they won't have much left for college, will they?