Have you ever bought an essentially 'useless' item, simply in a bid to impress guests?
If so, you're not alone. In fact, a new survey of 2,083 homeowners, conducted by www.Hillarys.co.uk, has revealed it's actually a very common habit, with the products bought ranging from alcohol and books that have never been read to fancy towels and designer fragrances.
The participants were asked about exactly what home goods they have bought to put on display, and the reason behind it.
It was found that the 10 most commonly bought and unused items were:
1. Bottles of alcohol they don’t drink - 88%
2. Books they have never read - 83%
3. Blankets/throws that aren’t used – 72%
4. Candles that are never lit – 64%
5. Designer makeup, fragrances or skincare for decoration – 59%
6. Vinyl records that they never listen to – 55%
7. Religious symbols (i.e. Buddha candle holders) even though they aren’t religious – 47%
8. Fancy towels that are hung in the bathroom but aren’t used – 44%
9. Posters of films they’ve never seen – 31%
10. ‘Display food’, such as Kilner jars of pasta or fruit bowls – 27%
This has proved to be an expensive pastime for Brits - in fact, a total of up to £928 has been spent on these items.
Tara Hall, spokesperson for www.Hillarys.co.uk, commented: "Our homes say a lot about who we are as people, so there can be some pressure to try and impress guests with a certain look or particular items that we think say something about us. However, the costs soon add up, as our figures show."