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Going to antique shops is a fun way to spend an afternoon for any couple. You don't need to buy any antiques to make your date a success. Antiquing has grown in popularity over the years, and now there are more shops devoted to collecting items from the past. If the two of you share the same interests, it's even more fun because you can spot items both of you might want to purchase. Try your hand at haggling and do your best to get items for as cheaply as possible. Haggling is a part of the antique shopping experience, and it's sure to add a little flair to your date.
Auctions are great places to find unique items and also hidden treasures. You can probably find an auction house in or around your city or town or you an head online for virtual auctions. A good auction is one that has a variety of household items along with everything else that you can imagine. Auctions sometimes also have concession stands where you can get a bite to eat to make the entire experience more enjoyable. Roam around the auction house and see what is going up on the auction block. Give each other a set amount of money and try to find something that you like. The real excitement of an auction is the bidding process. It's so much fun to watch your spouse in the heat of the moment during a bidding war. If your spouse wants something bad enough, their animal side will come out, and a bidding war will take place.
Supporting your local bookstore is a date idea that will benefit you and other readers. Bookstores have a personality all of their own, and they are fun to go to even if you're not on a date. Go to the bookstore with the intent of buying each other a book. You probably already know what genre and authors that your spouse likes to read. Try to find at least one book that you think they will like. It will be interesting to see what your spouse chooses for you, and it will tell a lot about how much they pay attention to your reading habits.
Estate sales are well known for having a little bit of everything. An estate sale is an auction where you bid on the items that come from someone's home. You're going through every little thing to see if there's something you want. Most people accumulate quite a bit of stuff over their lifetime, which usually means there's a wide variety of items to bid on. Sometimes walking around and looking at all the stuff is the most enjoyable part of the date. Though, if you have a few bucks to spare, the bidding process can be exciting. It's also a lot of fun to watch bidding wars between different people who want the same item. After you're done with checking out what's for sale head over to grab a quick bite to eat at a nearby restaurant you've never tried and talk about the cool stuff you saw or maybe even purchased.
All throughout the year there are probably shows, expos or other events in your area that offer a wide variety of entertainment and shopping options. Car shows are popular, and so are expos that feature the latest and greatest gadgets. Going to an expo can be an all-day date that leaves you both amazed. You never walk into one of these events and come out without having your mind blown. That's the whole point of an expo, and it's why you might want to plan for additional shows to attend throughout the year.
Flea markets are where you can get deals and also find items that are impossible to buy elsewhere. An entire day can be turned into a flea market date without much effort at all. The most fun you'll ever have is to go into the flea market with a small budget and try to buy as many interesting items as possible. Another part of the fun is negotiating prices with the sellers at the flea market. The sellers are used to haggling, and many of them think it is a sport. You and your spouse can try your best to haggle different sellers and see who can get the biggest discounts.
In many cities, the weekends are hot days for garage sales. You can easily spend an entire Saturday going from garage sale to garage sale, finding all kinds of goodies. Here is a little fun thing you can do to turn going to garage sales into a date. Try to find at least one item that you think the other would like. It doesn't have to cost much; you can set a limit of a couple of dollars on the item. You'll be surprised by the items that your spouse thinks that you will like. Seeing the items your spouse chooses gives insight into what type of person they think you are.
Every household needs to go shopping. A shopping date can be to buy groceries, things for your home, or just to blow some money on yourselves. Shopping together is one of those things that couples do to learn about themselves. If you live busy lives, sometimes it's nice to do things such as shopping to connect. If you have a hard time finding the time for date nights, doing the things you have to do already can be an easy fix. Don't be in a hurry while shopping and take a look at all the things in the store that interest you. Sometimes setting a budget on how much you can spend can make the date so much more fun since it makes you look at the products and prices. If you really want to have a wild shopping date, allow each person to buy the other something. You really get to know how your spouse perceives you when you ask them to buy you something while shopping.
There are several ways you can go house shopping and which you choose depends on how much time and money you have. Cruising around looking for sale signs in front yards is an excellent way of seeing what houses are on the market. You can even go for a walk in your neighborhood and check to see if there are any houses for sale. Setting up a meeting with a realtor is more appropriate if you're more intent on buying a home. Discuss what you like and dislike about the houses to learn what your spouse's dream home is. Remember, this isn't just for serious buyers, this is a fun activity to just dream about your future together.
Do you like it when your spouse smells good? If so, a date of perfume or cologne shopping is something the two of you will love. Most stores sell both perfume and cologne, and those are the stores that you should go to. How about you take your date to the next level and shop for a scent without your spouse being by your side? If you're leery of your spouse possibly not wanting to wear the scent, check with them before you go through the checkout aisle. It will be exciting to see what scent your spouse chooses and if it's something that you can stand to have on your skin.
Pet stores are a lot of fun for many different reasons, so going to one is a great date idea. If you have a pet, then take it along with you if the store allows it. Take a walk and get some exercise along with your furry friend. If you don't have a pet, walk around the pet store and consider buying one. If you're a newly married couple, you might be surprised by what type of pet your partner chooses. Sometimes the funniest thing to do is to look around at the pets and see which one looks like your spouse. You'll both burst out laughing when you tell the other which animal you think they look like.
Turning your car buying adventure into a date isn't as far fetched as it sounds. You can go to several different dealerships and drive the vehicle of your dreams. Even if you're not in the market to buy a car, you can take one out for a test drive. An entire day can be spent doing nothing but testing out cars. Take turns testing out cars and talk about the features you like and dislike about the vehicles. Test drive a few cars that may not appeal to you immediately to see if they can change your mind. Who knows, you might find yourself enjoying driving a station wagon over an SUV.
Thrift stores often promote good causes and offer significant savings at the same time. The reason why many people shop at a thrift store is that everything is so much cheaper. So, if you want to have fun at the thrift store, give each other a budget to buy something for the other. A budget of five or ten dollars can get quite a bit of stuff at a thrift store. If you're unsure what your spouse might buy, tell them to meet you at the cash register before checking out. You might want to look over what each other picked to make sure that it's something you want. Thrift stores are also great places to find stuff from your childhood, and playing with old toys might add a little excitement to your date night.
Window shopping is a fun thing to do if you live in a city with an active downtown. Back in the day, people used to love to go window shopping to see what all the stores were selling. There are several great things about window shopping, and one of them is that it gets you plenty of exercise. Make sure you've got your smart watch or pedometer on so you get credit for all the walking you'll do. Where there are stores, there are always places to eat. Turn your window shopping date into something even more incredible by taking a break and getting a bite to eat. Put aside a little money in case you see something while window shopping that catches your eye. The stores are quite crafty, and they know what to put in their window to trigger people to come in and buy something.