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Luxury shame? Get over it

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I am not a recessionista. I cringe every time I hear that new buzz word to describe a fashionable woman who likes to shop but is on a budget because of the recession. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with shopping, whether you are buying something full-price or on sale. But a re cent Associated Press story describes a new trend called luxury shame. The article says some shoppers are asking cashiers at high-end stores to put their purchases in plain white bags. Some are even mailing their purchases home so they can walk out the store without any bags at all. That's ridiculous. I can understand hiding your purchases from your mate. Who hasn't done that? But hiding them from the rest of the world? I'm not mad at women who can afford to buy expensive items. Besides, shopping helps the economy, right? Last week I visited Sweet Repeats, a high-end consignment store in Dilworth, for the first time. A friend suggested I check out their slightly-used designer goods. While browsing, I observed two women making large purchases. The first paid $1,000 for a jacket without batting an eyelash. The second bought a designer purse for $900. Those women showed no apparent shame. In fact, they seemed happy. After all, they saved hundreds of dollars on those items. There will always be a difference between those that have it to spend and those that don't. Life goes on. In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the $300 Stuart Weitzman shoes I got on sale for $89. Does that make me a recessionista? No. But it does make me a smart shopper. LaShawnda Becoats owns a personal assistant business in Charlotte. A version of this commentary first appeared in qcitymetro.com.