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Playa Impulse Buys

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:53 pm

I found myself buying a six pack of lager (or what it pilsner?) because of the name, Churchkey, and the little bit of schwag--a "churchkey" (beer can opener--I love the term) with Churchkey written on it.
I always buy the weirdest stuff pre-burningman. Often with the shrug-I-can-give-it-away attitude. well, I guess that along with everything else, the event shows us at our most ourselves...
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:03 pm

What.. you mean besides the furry panties, whippets, leather whips, boots & spurs, lasers and MORE LEDs?


Gee. I dunno.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby Savannah » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:07 pm

I do this too as the event approaches. :lol: I go into a store looking for a specific thing, like a string of lights, and go into a weird fugue state and emerge an hour later with no string lights . . . but 2 pairs of fingerless gloves, several noisemakers, and 8 bags of weird craft stuff the cashier had to tally via witchcraft. Or, go in somewhere seeking a specific kind of canned beer (which I ultimately cannot find) and leave with an extra back-up bag of Chex Mix, more milk boxes than is strictly necessary, and a small tin of lobster paté I will be afraid to eat when the time comes.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby AntiM » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:20 pm

Today I went after fresh sinblock in the commissary, and came away with two bags of puffed rice crackers in new flavors (and Mio energy and tasty bites for Genius). In the package store I picked up a dozen Underground mini-bottles. Underground is an herbal liquor made here in Ogden (same folks who do Five Wives) and you can only get mini-bottles on base. I figured they would be a good gift. And I found a WindWhistle in the uniform shop, it will even blow underwater. Also a gift.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby MacGlenver » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:25 pm

I think I'm having the opposite reaction. Since I'm flying in from ATL, the reality of how much shit I impulse bought a month ago is starting to dawn on me. I gotta carry this crap on the plane! Purchases have ceased. Packing is primary concern.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby mudpuppy000 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:39 pm

I was in a home furnishing store yesterday and saw a 4 foot long shiny metal fork, spoon and knife... If they weren't $40 apiece, I probably would have bought them. :D
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby otakup0pe » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:17 pm

For me (first burn) the big impulse buys were probably a yard of orange faux fur (I think I'll be using about half of it this year) and literally every fraking battery. The rope (for hexayurt bondage) with a 1200lb working limit was possibly overkill too.

I don't consider the hundred feet of EL wire and assorted drivers to be an impulse purchase.

I consider it an investment.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby Bexx » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:36 pm

Oh man... I live this way nearly the whole year. I see shit and think, oh man.. Perfect for BM!
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby mamasharon » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:21 pm

OMG There is just no more room. If I can get the rest of the dragon in the motor home it will be completely full. If I get over the mountains with the weight it will be a miracle. Food will be the only items I can be impulsive about. Bacon, bacon, and more bacon. I fear the inspectors will not even be able to get in the motor home let alone inspect it!!! Can't wait to get dusty! Mama
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby vargaso » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:35 pm

I'm so unprepared this year, I normally do the same, go into a trance while in a store and walk about with a bunch of random shit that I somehow put together to form a coherent...something for the playa. This year? I haven't bought a goddamned thing yet. I'm sure I'll stock up on last-minute baubles and bangles this weekend.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby tahiti_treat » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:41 pm

2 cans of dolmades. I do not think I will regret this purchase.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby yurtgirl » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:14 pm

i impulsively bought 4 very colorful underwire bras today even tho i never wear underwires much less colorful in the default world. too self conscious for pasties so this is as close as i can get to letting it all hang out (with a bit of a lift that is).
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby CrispyDave » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:32 pm

Chocolate filled Twinkies.... I found them today I got 4 boxes to share...
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby skippy3k » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:18 am

My impulse this year is batteries. I keep buying batteries. Yes, they are useful, but when I finally began to pack, I found I have 3 times as many as I need. I look like a battery hoarder.

I only wish I had the same impulse with my beer purchases. I lined up my beer selection and it looked pitiful.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby DrYes » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:07 am

An ankle length faux long-haired cheetah coat with leopard print interior! Fuck yeah!
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:07 pm

Child-size unicorn jacket with sparkly wings and rainbow mane. Justified it to myself by saying it'll decorate the bike nicely.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby CrispyDave » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:09 pm

4 more lbs of Bacon today, up to 8lbs of bacon now...
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby Elorrum » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:39 pm

I almost bought another tent, because it was on sale, and it looked cool. I stopped myself, but did purchase a caribiner water bottle hanger. I seem to buy batteries whenever I see them too. I cleaned my car out and found 3 forgotten packages of batteries. Last year, I bought some swim goggles on sale. because... I dont' know, they are clear, small, and it's the dollar deals, the dollar deals. I still need to go get sodas and snacks, and toy snacks. The toy snacks are things generally from Trader Joes, that will be fun to bring out since I've never tried them, and they seem interesting.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby daft » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:27 pm

Bought at goodwill a pair of zip up high black boots in size too small for me, but someone I meet will like them
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby Turtleburp » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:33 pm

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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby Elorrum » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:36 pm

yesterday I bought a luggage handle, and latch, for a stereo I do not have time to build.
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby Finneganistan » Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:34 pm

Weird. Every time I try to impulse buy something on the playa, people just look at me funny. "Nice coat! How about ten bucks?"

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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby wasp » Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:03 pm

Savannah wrote:I do this too as the event approaches. :lol: I go into a store looking for a specific thing, like a string of lights, and go into a weird fugue state and emerge an hour later with no string lights . . . but 2 pairs of fingerless gloves, several noisemakers, and 8 bags of weird craft stuff the cashier had to tally via witchcraft.

I do this in the real world. Went into a shop to buy my daughter's second grade piano book and walked out instead with a mandolin and a banjo.

BM buying even worse... Thankfully limited by coming from a far distant land, and having to restrict my luggage loads...
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby lucky420 » Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:59 pm

mudpuppy000
I was in a home furnishing store yesterday and saw a 4 foot long shiny metal fork, spoon and knife... If they weren't $40 apiece, I probably would have bought them.


this I understand...totally 8)
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Re: Playa Impulse Buys

Postby CornMan » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:42 pm

I bought a big ol' camo net and didn't use it. I'd like to have that $100 back.
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