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The Hawthorne Effect


I picked up and put down this little Midwinter cake stand umpteen times yesterday. I really wanted to buy it as it's just so cute! I can picture lovely sweeties and slices of cake (albeit small slices) decorating our dining table, and it was only £3.99.

But I didn't buy it.

Very recently we've started recording every non-food and essential household item we buy, and as a consequence the Hawthorne Effect has come into play and we've been talking ourselves out of potential purchases simply because we don't want to put them in the book!

It's the wrong colour for our house anyway. 

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  1. Oh my. That is BEAUTIFUL! I love it! I have two modern cake stands and they're both rubbish: wonky, loose, poorly constructed, so I don't use them at all. Had I seen this, I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat, it's stunning! xxx

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    1. Oooh, now I'm wobbling!

      I don't know if it would be cost effective for me to buy it and post it to you (although I can if it's still there), there are a couple on ebay too.

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    2. Hehe.

      I wonder how much postage would be ... also, is it in good condition?

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    3. There's some crazing, mainly on the underside the top seemed fine, there are no chips or cracks (or at least not when I left yesterday), the handle is sturdy.

      If it's still there today I'll see if I can set it aside until tomorrow, take some more pictures and see how you feel. You just know after all this someone will have bought it!

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    4. That would be great, though as you say, it's likely been snapped up by now!

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    5. Will do, fingers crossed it's still there. I'll send you an email this evening.

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  2. I see a lot of Midwinter in the charity shops, I have never seen one of those, I am afraid it would have come home with me x

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    1. I had to sit on my hands, although Dan was useful by saying he wasn't all that keen. I'd never seen one like this before either, very sweet even without cake.

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  3. I recorded all our spending for three months, what an eye opener, we are not so quick to part with our money these days

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    1. Oooh, it's good to hear someone else did this and found it useful. We're just doing it out of interest rather than for some great purpose but I hope we get something from the exercise.

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  4. You are so strong, I don't know if I would have been able to walk past it. Well done you.

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    1. Thanks, it was quite hard to leave it behind.

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  5. I see so many things that I love but after some purging and more needed, I can't allow myself to bring anything new in.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. Had we not just done the last declutter I wouldn't have thought twice about it.

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  6. Well done, so strong!! I bid on ebay last week on a piece of my special Hornsea china. It went for 5p more than my highest bid! I keep telling myself I did not need it.

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    1. Oh no, 5p! Hopefully it will turn up again sometime.

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  7. hahhaa...you are so cute (it doesn't match my house anyway)...and very smart..this will save you lots of money by not buying even cute things.I am sooo wimpy and weak..it's so hard to pass up cuteness....

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    1. You're right, it is hard. Maybe I did treat myself to something else instead though...

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  8. Such a pretty plate, but kudos to you for resisting.

    God bless.

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  9. ooooh that plate is beautiful. Instead of cakes it could be used on a dressing table for necklaces and bracelets.
    Carolx

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    1. I did think that, although I have a lovely Withernsea dish working hard in that role already. It would look very pretty with some dainty bits and bobs on.

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  10. GO BACK AND BUY IT! If it's there, it's fate and your £4 will be doing some good. Life is sometimes too short to worry over £4 x

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    1. I love a bad influence! It had gone by the time I arrived yesterday. It wasn't about the money really, we have just had a big declutter and I love feeling unencumbered. There will be plenty more temptations!

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  11. I can see why you wanted it. Lovely. I've have done that before - pick it up, put it down, pick it up. You really want it but you know you don't "need" it. Keeping a list like that will definitely curb your impulse spending. I need to try it.

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one.

      I took my shopping list out with me yesterday and bought everything that remained on it, it was odd to have such a splurge all in one go, but it's out of the way and I don't have to go shopping again!

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