1075 Retail Therapy
Silvia talks about her love of shopping as Diego ponders if she need help.
Silvia: Yeah, I know. Actually, it's a little bit of a sad story if I tell you why I have a lot of bags and shoes.
Diego: It's OK, we have time.
Silvia: Actually, I love to shop. I don't know what girl doesn't love to shop, and I love shopping and so basically how I ended up with all these shoes is because I broke up and I was sad and it was like therapy for me to go shopping.
Diego: So it was retail therapy.
Silvia: Exactly. So yeah, I just went crazy shopping. For me I don't know, I just feel good shopping, and the other thing is I like to travel a lot, and when I'm traveling then I also buy a lot of stuff. Like the handbags I have, some are traditional looking bags from Vietnam or Cambodia, Thailand.
Diego: Different countries.
Silvia: And it's so cheap. That's the thing. Sometimes I go somewhere and I see everything so cheap that I go crazy shopping.
Diego: Wow! But do you really need thirty handbags?
Silvia: I'm a girl. Of course I need thirty handbags.
Diego: Do you really need thirty five pairs of shoes?
Diego: No. That's quite interesting. Have you ever worn everything?
Diego: You haven't. OK.
Silvia: No, not yet. And actually last week, I went through ... I was walking and I saw this store had a sale and I went in and as an excuse, it was by birthday last week, so I thought, well, I'm far away from home, and no one gives me any gifts so maybe I should give myself some gifts and I almost used my credit parents credit card, and I thought oh, I will just call them and tell them like hey, happy birthday, but in the end, I ended up paying for the stuff.
Diego: OK, that's good, so you're a responsible shopoholic.
Silvia: I'm trying to control it. Actually, before last week, I spend a few months not buying anything, but I couldn't resist the sale.
Diego: But you do know that the sale sign is just cheap marketing, right?
Silvia: No, my God, it was a really good sale.
Diego: No, I think you're just ...
Silvia: No, it was a good sale.
Diego: ... a victim of good marketing.
Silvia: Maybe but still. I'm happy with what I bought so.
Diego: OK, so as long as you're happy, that's good.
I broke up and I was sad.
When we break up with someone, it means we end a relationship. Notice the samples.
- I saw my boyfriend holding hands with Linda at the mall. I broke up with him the next day .
- Inside Hollywood reported that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had broken up. Is it true?
So it was retail therapy.
'Retail therapy' is a funny idiom that suggests shopping can help us feel better when we are sad. Notice the following.
- My girlfriend broke up with me last night. I guess it’s off to Computer World for some retail therapy.
- Retail therapy works for me, but it’s expensive!
And it's so cheap. That's the thing.
The phrase ‘That’s the thing’ talks about the reason for something. Note the sample sentences.
- That’s the thing about retail therapy; it helps me to forget about my problems.
- What I don’t like about relationships is that I lose my independence. That’s the thing.
But in the end, I ended up paying for the stuff.
The phrase ‘In the end’ is another way to say ‘finally’. We often use it when we are telling a story about something that happened to us. Notice the following.
- I save a little money every month, but in the end, I just go shopping and spend it all.
- My boyfriend and I were so different. We tried really hard to stay together, but in the end, we just broke up.
I couldn't resist the sale.
When we ‘can’t resist’, it means that we can’t stop ourselves from doing something. Here are two examples of the phrase.
- The dress was way too expensive but she couldn’t resist. She had to buy it.
- I like to eat healthy foods but I can’t resist chocolate!
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