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When Your Love Of Strange Things Goes Slightly Too Far (Or - Exactly How Many Fidget Things Does One Person Need???)
There are three shops which are dangerous for me to walk into - basically because I never manage to walk out of them empty-handed.

The shops are as follows;-

Waterstones - This Bookworm's favourite shop.  Lots of interesting books (other shops which sell books are available).  They even provide chairs to sit on as you read - all they need to do is provide drinks and snacks.

Primark - Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love this shop because of the weird and wonderful bargains you can get in it.  It is perfect for me because my idea of torture is going clothes shopping.  Seeing as I don't actually mind what I look like (as anyone who has seen me in real life will tell you) I can get bargains that most people wouldn't touch with a bargepole.  It is my favourite place for getting very cheap shoes.  As someone whose primary mode of transport is a pair of size 6 (or 7 - depending on the style of shoe) feet I don't see the point in paying a lot of money for shoes or boots.  Let's face it - I can walk through a pair of shoes costing £60.00 as quickly as I can walk through a pair of boots costing £3.00.  The minute Primark start selling those trainers with the lightup rim around the soles in adult size 6 I will be very happy.

However, the most dangerous shop for me to go into is Red5 - an updated version of "The Gadget Shop".  This is the ultimate heaven for me.  It is a haven of electronic gadgets - as well as some other strange things which don't need a power supply.  I currently appear to be addicted to those "Fidget" toys - spinners and things with buttons to press, things to slide, etc.  Although I did come out of there with something very useful for getting my revenge on traffic.

Don't worry - this isn't something which can get me into trouble.  it is a light which is currently on my bag.  The light has a motion-sensor in it so it flashes on and off as the bag moves.  This is most useful at night.

I must admit that the strangest thing I ever bought was not a gadget.  It was a pair of earrings I bought several years ago from a Dutch shop called "HEMA" - they could have been used as Christmas tree decorations or cookie cutters (they were large hollow star shapes).

Unfortunately, the shop I really used to like having a nose around in closed down a few years ago.  A Dutch shop called "Hans Textiel" was a great place to buy clothes with an "interesting" twist to them.  I remember buying a shirt which had green and white checks on it (if you remember the "Pacer" chewy sweets - it made me look a bit like the wrapper of one of them).

What is the point of going shopping if you can't have fun whilst you are at it???  Next time you go shopping try to find something unusual.

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