Today, I was on my way to Cake Hut in Nairobi West. I passed by Mr Price when I was heading to Afya Centre,and decided to kill a little time browsing through their overpriced aisles.
Now,I hate shopping. I hate going through everything,getting them,standing the in the sun if need be,never finding shoes that fit (I'm a size 8,and Bata is a lie.)...the whole process drains me. So me window shopping was a definite sign that maybe the world didn't end,but an alien ship abducted JUST me and replaced me with one of the women from Real Housewives of Atlanta. Consider this a Wanted ad for a Personal Shopper in about 3 years.
So after walking through the aisles that sell a plain-colored tee for a k and whose version of a discount is a k2,I have thus affirmed that a,I'm definitely a cheapskate ie Kenyan,and b,I will probably never shop at Mr Price. Why? Because Mr Price should be named Mr Pricey. The irony is that,it's supposedly a cheap store in SA. Well,Dorothy,this isn't Kansas OR SA. Dude! Unless there's a sale,that place is NOT a plan for my wallet and I.
Even deeper than the deep contempt I felt for the saleslady who didn't know whether they had these really cute heels in size 9 is the sense of disturbance I feel everytime I go shopping. Why is there nothing that an average person can afford? Nothing firsthand,anyway. I mean,either you go secondhand or you go bankrupt,if you're the typical Kenyan female. The firsthand stuff is too expensive or too shiny (think exhibitions). My friend bought a custom-made jacket from a Kenyan designer. It was fabulous,but it was 3k5. I am not spending 3k5 on a jacket. I'ma go buy 2 shawls for 300 next to Fire Station and get warm with that. Damn. I wish someone would open up a store that sells good stuff cheap,because I know for a fact you can have both. When I'm rich,I'm gonna open a store that does that,even if I make a loss,because people should be able to buy good quality clothes. That,and a place to eat in town with the quality and ambience of Java,the customer service of Sierra and the prices of Kenchic, because people should have a healthier alternative to fries every damn day. Come on,now. It's food. A basic need. In fact,there's a couple of things that should just be free. Like toilet paper. I have a friend who doesn't buy toilet paper. Every time she goes to a restaurant,she just takes a roll. This is not me. (disclaimer. Lol.) I actually know this girl. Is this aiding and abetting?
So yeah,sure,I'll go to Secrets and buy a bra for 5k,but it better be gold-plated and be able to drive. Shiiiii.