Tuesday, November 18, 2008

the new look of imminent poverty

Important foreboding back story: At the Camas Educational Foundation auction last month, my dear & darling husband lovingly purchased a shopping party for me at the delectable boutique Lily Atelier; it included two $75 gift certificates (one for the clothing area & one for the shoe section), 20% off purchases for a year, AND cocktails from our bartender friend Dave. Money toward my school district PLUS pretty clothes, shoes & drinks? The only downside seemed its being scheduled during Monday Night Football...

Fast forward to last night when I showed up to shop. Let me just say I first felt a tad out of place in my typical teacher-after school garb of jeans, cardigan & loafers, then I had a touch of angst about price tags since I am usually the ultimate Goodwill Queen and Garage Sale Maven. I'm not at all against paying for quality, or paying more for items I will wear frequently, but the first couple of sweaters I touched were dry clean only, upwards of $150 each, and made in China. While I don't begrudge other countries making a buck, I am opposed to helping support a potentially unfair work system, but that is for another post. After wandering (and drinking a bit), I managed to uncover some made in USA (and Canada & Spain, good enough) items I could not resist.

To avoid making this short story any longer, I'll cut to the chase: Pair of fancy shoes + Two smoothasbutter shirts + Pants [being hemmed] guaranteed to make me teach better + Lacy underthings - $150 certificates - 20% off = $Ican'tevenbringmyselftotellyou.

But look how pretty.


I felt very Grace Kelly all day.


If anyone snags, stains, or otherwise corrupts these babies, heads will roll.


So, if I suddenly stop writing this blog it means I've used my 20% off coupon and have been forced to take a second, possibly third, job to pay for my "bargains." Wish me luck, one way or another.

13 comments:

Stu said...

Well, at least I know what I got you for Chirstmas. :)

I'm looking forward to the purple shirt out on the town...

-Stu

Shana said...

Hot shoes: $250
Lacy underthings: $150
Buttery shirts: $400
Feeling sassy all night long: Priceless.

missburrows said...

ah, shoe porn. lovely. :)

Danielle said...

Looks like you got some good loot (regardless of price...)!!

marathon mom said...

Yummm!

Lisa Milton said...

I have shoe envy. They are gorgeous.

Mrs. G. said...

Sweet shoes, baby!

Sarcasm is just one more service I offer. said...

Don't feel bad. You deserve to treat yourself every once in awhile. :o)

i am very mary said...

And I just realized the best part about being the sole bread winner. No one can bitch about my pricy shoes.

Minnesota Matron said...

As a ValuThrift devotee who once wandered into Nordstroms -- I get this! But those SHOES. Worth every penny!

brandy101 said...

I totally get what you mean re: high price for Made-in-China.

Last summer I spplurged on a Michael Kors purse in the most awesome lemon yellow color, but when I got home, I could not ascertain WHERE it was made. I mean, I am willing to pay a few $$ for made in Italy/France/Spain for a once-per-year purse splurge, b/c I know they are made by skilled craftsmen making a good wage. So, to me, it is not a bad value. But to pay the same price, when you know it was made for pennies, then that is just a ripoff value-wise, not to mention the humanitarian guilt ;)

~Swankymama said...

WOW~ Those things look great! And those SHOES = WOWZA!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link. It was so refreshing to have you there.

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