Not to buy anything. I think malls are so interesting, how carefully designed to encourage buying they are, how stupendously banal purchasing something from a mall is, and also the architecture. And the creation of a third sphere or whatever it's called that isn't work or home. (or school or home). But I never think to go to them, because they don't have anything there for me, but my friend had to get her phone looked at so I drove her to Capitola Mall and I really, really liked it. It was raining outside, but not in the mall. I felt like an explorer.
these are so people can see what the clothes would look like, for if they ever need to stand barefoot and immobile in a store window.