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I feel you and your retail therapy. I’m typically not a shopper, and definitely not in-person. But when I find myself stressed out, packages mysteriously start appearing at my door. 🤔🫣

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It’s like a 2 for 1 therapy. When you buy it and again when it arrives !

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Same, same

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ETSY RETAIL THERAPY are you me? Mine has recently mostly taken the form of stained glass and the stained glass gets noticed by guests and maybe it would be far more interesting to reply with what that was therapy for especially at a couples dinner party with wine.

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Also: “unsolvable riddle of my marriage “ - love your wording on that and so relatable .

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Aug 31, 2022Liked by Carson Ellis

This made me feel better about how I deal with similar issues in a very similar way. Reading this was therapeutic.

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I’m glad ❤️

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That green seersucker dress is especially gorgeous! It's funny how kids get easier to manage alone but it doesn't seem to ever actually be easy. The resentment that accumulates feels so awful, too. Retail therapy is absolutely an excellent coping strategy.

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This post made me feel very validated and also like i might deserve a frock. Or a flyswatter. Hooray for husbands landing back at home after a month. It’s nice to miss a person.

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It truly is. And you do deserve a frock, my friend.

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Yes, Eddie Munson will likely be everywhere for Comic Con and Halloween, haha. He was a refreshing addition to Stranger Things 4, and gets bonus points for looking like what many kids' Dad's looked like in the 80s!

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He was my fave. Though my husband , who was playing D&D around that time in the Midwest , said there was no way anyone would wear D&D club shirts and advertise being a nerd at his school!

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Haha. He's probably right. Maybe that's the most far-fetched aspect of this season of Stranger Things!

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Gotta love the Duolingo Swedish universe. Jättebra!

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I don’t know what that means yet but ja!

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Just— Yes. (As my almost 13 year old would say.)

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Aug 31, 2022Liked by Carson Ellis

Literally just spent my day doing wine and retail therapy. I've been on a mental health leave from work and will be going back in a few days. Cue "I have absolutely nothing to wear... I need to cut my bangs... I feel like I have wasted all of my time" panic. Your post came just as I was checking the confirmation for a dress I ordered hahaha Thank you.

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Aug 31, 2022·edited Aug 31, 2022

Also, this is the second time the topic of tramp art frames has come up around me over the last week or so. They are incredible pieces to collect! Love.

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🙌

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Aug 31, 2022Liked by Carson Ellis

Entirely screamingly relatable (especially the parts about husband- dads who travel for work and the allure of that damn Wilsonville Target).

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Love this post and relate to all three therapies. I love it when the delivery truck pulls up and I have no idea what I recently ordered. It’s always such a fun surprise to get something I really need (or want)! I’ve been refreshing my Norwegian on Duolingo for the last year and a half, often while sipping a Shiraz. Not sure I like the redesign yet though.

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I hate the redesign!

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The best. A month! Oh my. I just did a week with the kids then took another week to recover. You’re a hero.

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Oh my, I feel you on the kiddo stuff. I've only got one (also a Milo!) and he just went back to school yesterday (1st grade!) and I wasn't even the tiniest bit sad. Aaaand my partner was here with us all summer (except for the working full-time part)... we also have a 7 month old giant puppy, so it's kinda like two 6 year olds. I should try out some etsy therapy. I need frames for art, too.

Also, I wish I could post a pic here, on the subject of tramp art, I have a very, very old stove pipe rose that my great grandma gave to me. Her grandma had been given it when she was a girl by a day laborer her father had hired to work on their farm. My nana would be almost 113 now, so this rose must be more than 150 years old.

I'm glad Colin is back and you've got backup in the parental arena! And ya know, your guy.

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Tramp Art is so fabulous. When my boys were small and my spouse was away on business for weeks at a time retail therapy was nice, as was just having m and ms and a beer for dinner occasionally ( just me, not the kids.)

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I nominate this past month as Just Holding It Together Month. Who's with me?

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All Augusts really

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I did very much enjoy getting to see a Decemberists show again so truly, truly thank you for all the extra work you had to do to help make that possible. And thanks for that gorgeous Rusalka poster design!

I put myself on a ban from buying yarn, books, and candles a couple of months ago because these are my biggest retail crutches, but it has all been A Lot and so somehow I’ve got more of all of these things. Your retail therapy strategy is so valid.

That shiny shell and that Etsy frame in particular would have caught my eye as well!

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