Go ahead and tune into any one of the home shopping channels for a few minutes. It is a bit entertaining to see how excited the TV salesperson gets about ridiculous items like a bedazzled hat. These 24 hour shopping stations make it very easy for people to purchase things they don’t need.
Home shopping is convenient and definitely serves a purpose for people that are not crazy about shopping via the internet or unable to shop at traditional brick and mortar stores, but with that convenience comes the ability to easily accumulate clutter.
This story of a homebound woman is heartbreaking. She suffered a stroke and became infatuated with purchasing tons of items she didn’t need.
She couldn’t walk, but she bought shoes. She couldn’t cook, but she bought six Jack LaLanne juice machines. She rarely left home but she had two 12-foot closets stuffed with still-tagged evening wear when she passed away.
This is obviously an extreme case but QVC is a multi-billion dollar company with legions of faithful shoppers ready to shop at the drop of a bedazzled hat. The comfort that some of these people find in purchasing items is sad and a bit disturbing. If you know someone that has a shopping/hoarding problem, get them some help if at all possible.