We did a recent trip to Ikea. Now I know there are few people that HATE Ikea, but I am not one of them. I always have some vague idea of what I want when I go to Ikea, but no idea what I NEED, what I can't live without, until I see it. And the merchandising is done to show you what you need, in settings that look like cool places you might enjoy living in, if you were young, stylish, hip, cool. Even if you are long past those days, you get that feeling and NEED the things that make you feel that way.
I have given up on the product names at Ikea. I don't know my smmordmingle, from my nordmangle, I swear they just throw together random collections of letters and laugh as people try to pronounce them. And I really don't care.
I love shopping in kitchen shops. If I had the space there is no end to the kitchen gadgets, cookware, and tableware that I would collect. I built a house for a client one time that had a seperate room for the china and silver collection - if only I had the room - I too could collect things I would never use.
I love the farmers markets, and even just a good grocery store. One of my dreams in retirement is to be able to grocery shop 2 or 3 times a week, bringing home enough for a couple of days at a time. Freshness and selection.
Maybe shopping is my therapy.