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Opinion: Excitement over non-essential stores

PUBLISHED: 08:30 28 June 2020

Steve Allen will not be going to the newly reopened shops.

Steve Allen will not be going to the newly reopened shops.

The shops are open again. I’d celebrate but I don’t have any champagne in and I’m not going to the shops to get some. Have you seen the queues?

After months where the only shops open were the ones that sold essential items, we have finally got non-essential shops back.

Some stores reported queues of up to a mile, although most of that is because we’re two metres apart.

Isn’t it fascinating that people are more excited about buying things they don’t need?

The food shops have seen a normal level of demand but as soon as you could buy more clothes down Primark we all went crazy for it. I’m not sure why because, even if you get a nice new outfit, it’s not like you’re going anywhere.

If there is one thing I have learned during lockdown, while I’ve been at home doing comedy shows over Skype, it’s that clothing items for the lower half really are not essential.

I had thought that the weeks of only buying the things we need might have helped us break the shopping habit.

I’m not saying you should only spend money on the bare essentials – if I did that I’d never sell any tickets to those streaming comedy shows I’m doing – but I’d hoped our priorities had changed.

I thought we’d learn to value the joy of a walk in the park, being out in nature, rather than sifting through piles of clothes.

Maybe we have learned to value spending time with our loved ones, but you can have too much of a good thing.

At least a mile long queue gets you out of the house for a while.

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Steve Allen

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