I have 2 perfectly good colanders. The green Tupperware I have had since the early 70's and is the one I use most of the time. I have had the other one for at least 15 years and use it most often for bringing veggies in from the garden.
But I have saw a new brushed stainless steel one that the holes are in the pattern of a leaf and I want it. Whenever I go into that store and see it, I think about what I can use it for - it is so pretty I could just leave the grapes in it after they are rinsed off instead of in a bowl. It is that good looking. Not that my family would notice because I leave the grapes in the green colander all the time. I haven't even looked at the price because that would be one step closer to buying something I don't need.
I also have completely functional measuring spoons and cups, but I have seen a sets of ceramic measuring spoons and cups. Each one is a different color. How beautiful would they be with my Fiesta dishes? Do I need them? No. Would they be practical? No. But yet, I want them.
I am always cleaning closets and drawers and getting rid of things. I am always telling Tito we don't need anything else. I always roll my eyes when he brings home one more treasure. I cringe when I go into the basement and see all the stuff we have. I have never been one who considers shopping therapy. I shop for things I need. A few years ago, Tito and I decided to not buy anything except food for 2 months. We did not think that one through - we had 3 birthdays in those 2 months - but we did it.
So why am I wanting these things so much? I really don't know. I don't think I am trying to fill some void in my life with things. I am content with my life most of the time. Maybe, I just feel like a need a little treat, a little pick me up.
But aren't you supposed to want a new dress, new shoes or jewelry? Who is tempted by kitchen utensils?