We all know about buyer's remorse -- you lug a purchase home only to stare at it and wonder what on earth possessed you to buy it. But then there's the opposite, which I suspect we all know about too. That's where you don't buy something and very soon after, regret the decision.
Sometimes you can dash back to the store and breathe a sign of relief when you find the item of your desire is still on the shelf. But that's not an option when the item you wish you'd bought is now hundreds or even thousands of miles away because you were on vacation when you saw it. And it's not an option when the very store where you saw your goodies has gone out of business. Worse, you knew they were going out of business when you were there and you still weren't savvy enough to snap up the items on the spot.
Yes, I'm talking about myself here. There was this wonderful store called "inventory" in Titusville, Florida. It specialized in vintage items like kitchen collectibles and it was going out of business. This was a couple of years ago and while I did buy some neat things there, to this day it still irks me that I let some goodies just slip through my fingers. Like all the stuff you see here. Oh, I took pictures. But the blue daisy plates? Left them behind. The red Pyrex that I constantly covet? Amazingly, I left it on the shelf. The Pop Kola bottle (only a dollar!) that would have looked wonderful with a single flower in it? Left it behind. The milkglass mugs with the avocado-green harlequin pattern? Even though I collect vintage housewares in that 70s classic colour, I didn't buy those either.
It's not the first time I've saved my money and then regretted it, and I know I'll certainly do it again. Pop on over to my Stuff I Did Not Buy collection and have a peek -- although I confess that not every photo represents something I seriously thought about buying.
How about you? What do you wish you'd bought?