Why I Love Shopping Hauls and Why You Should, Too!
I have been doing these things called "shopping hauls" for over a year now. I am absolutely, positively addicted to watching them online, and so I joined the ranks of video bloggers by jumping in. Only problem was, I was by FAR the oldest (and I say that at the mere age of 33).
Shopping hauls have become my guilty pleasure.
I remember when I first did a shopping haul, my sister-in-law looked at me and said, "Do you mean people who shop a lot do them?" I had to laugh. Though I do love a good shopping trip, I'm not at all a shopaholic, I just genuinely love sharing my goods, my finds and my deals. As a matter of fact, "shopping hauls" have now been defined...
Shopping hauls are videos showing a shopping spree in that given area, showing products or clothing.
Yup, that's them to a "T."
So what is it about shopping hauls that get me so excited?
About 2 years ago I stumbled upon these really cool videos online showing women literally sitting in front of their webcams and showing what they had just bought. It was that simple. But what intrigued me the MOST was what they were saying about the items they bought, it was almost as if they were talking to a girlfriend... not millions of possible people. It was the psychology of shopping - why someone bought the item they did, and that just fascinated me! I couldn't believe that a simple video from a 20-something girl about her shopping trip at Macy's, Forever 21, American Eagle or Old Navy could literally SELL OUT a product! Are you kidding?
But then I got it... it's the fashionable sharing of information. And it was really, really FUN to watch. It never ceases to amaze me how excited people get over their purchases. I absolutely get that way when I find something fabulous and beautiful... I just want to share it with everyone! As a matter of fact, I usually do post a great "find" on facebook! :)
But getting back to my shopping hauls, yes... I jumped in feet first and I started going full speed with them! If I buy something, I do a shopping haul video. It has kind of become "my" thing and was even featured on Good Morning America with my hauls. This whole shopping haul thing is becoming a phenomenon!
Here's one from a TJMaxx trip...
Here's one from a Kohl's trip...
I do them for every store and even have started doing them with my boys and husband, too!
So why should you get into shopping hauls? I have 5 reasons you need to get into them!
1) They're FUN
2) You'll start to know exactly what it is you need because you're almost "justifying" your purchase to the camera.
3) You'll really begin to see your personal style emerge as you start to connect what kinds of trends and styles you tend to gravitate towards.
4) You will love the "shopping haul" community online! There's a group of us! :)
5) You get to share the deals and scores you got and help other people find them, too!
So get going with them!
And don't forget... haul it ALL right to your camera before you unpack! :)