Shopping for the Perfect Piece: Do You Buy it Now or Wait it Out?

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When you need something for your home — maybe a piece of art, or a side table — what's your usual M.O.? Set aside a weekend to shop and find the best solution right now? Or wait it out long-term and invest in the perfect piece? I'm definitely a waiter. And this time, it paid off.

I finally found my bar cart. The one I've been looking for my whole adult life: simple, light and with brass-colored trimmings. I thought it was a unicorn, something I would search for forever but never really find. But I did, and it was a steal (at Target of all places).

If I was a shopper instead of a patient waiter, I would have settled for a different cart years ago. Instead, since my "unicorn" piece was something that's not a household necessity, I chose to make do with what was already in my apartment (specifically, the kitchen counter) to store bottles and bar tools for guests until the perfect cart came along. If I was missing something like dining room chairs, however, I would have been forced to find an intermediate solution.

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But I know everyone shops differently. Buy-it-now people on the other side of the fence would have seen the advantage of sourcing something they need right away. Who knows how long you'll have to "make do" in your space, so why not find the best thing right now and start living life without bottles cluttering the counter? Shoppers usually choose to find the best possible solution for their home in the immediate future, whether or not they can live without it.

So which one are you? A shopper or a waiter? Does it depend on the piece?

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