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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Don't "label" me. ;)

So I began a post early this morning about my recent trip to Dollywood...it was terrible (the post, not the trip), so I erased it. It was focused on the park, which was lovely, by the way, rather than on the fabulous woman behind it. I'll blame it on the fact that I tried to wake up early to get to work; it's now 1:30 in the morning, so I should be able to churn out some prime writing, ha ha. Anyway, a great part of the Dollywood experience is having the chance to walk through the Chasing Rainbows museum. Scattered amongst the fabulously tacky outfits, handwritten songs, and plethora of family mementos are wonderfully witty and passionate quotes from Dolly herself. Not only are they painted on the walls and playing over the speakers, but you can also see little handwritten notes, alive with her buxom...personality. She is quite the woman...bold, vivacious, talented, and beautiful in so many ways. Oh, what fun it would be to meet her! Someday...right, Jen? ;)

While I was on my excellent vacation (for real, it rocked) that hottie Jenarcissist emailed me a Dolly quote that I can especially relate to...

"It's hard for me to spend a huge amount on one outfit, like to go to Beverly Hills and say, 'Oh, there's a coat for $5,000.' I'd rather go to Wal-Mart and get a whole bunch of stuff, 'cause it's all gonna look the same on me. I'm gonna look cheap no matter what I wear!"

Now, I look cheap because what I wear is just that. I have nowhere close to Dolly's shopping budget. In fact, I don't have a clothes shopping budget at all. I am broke. A starving-teacher-hungry-artist-budding-entrepreneur kinda broke. I do shop at Wal-Mart. Partly because I have to and partly because I want to, no joke! But when I say I'm broke now, it in no way compares to the kind of broke I've been in the past. Which brings me to my point...even if I had the money to spend on high-dollar labels, I wouldn't. I am too aware of the value of every cent that I spend. To me, why buy one $30 shirt if I can spend time doing my favorite hobby, bargain hunting, and come home with six shirts! That darn high pricetag is definitely NOT going to make me look any hotter. Furthermore, I must add, there's not many a thing that feels better than getting a compliment on an outfit and being able to say, "Thanks; it only cost me $4.99!" Ooh, what an awesome feeling that is! Love it!

This reminds me of something funny that happened on my trip. While riding the river raft ride, a nice local woman asked me a question that I honestly didn't know how to answer: "Do you like Coach?" Apparently, they were having a great sale, and she was being very kind and letting me know...I actually do mean that nicely. I smiled, looking at her a bit puzzled. I am a people pleaser, and as much as I wanted to just say yes, I couldn't lie about it. Isn't that ridiculous? But it's who I am; it would have gone against my allegience to the clearance rack! Couldn't she just look at me, sitting there in my five-year-old blue jean board shorts, $3 clearance Target tank, and $2 Wal-Mart thongs (that's what I call flip-flops) and know that I wasn't that kind of girl? So I mumbled something along the lines of, "I'm not very familiar with the brand," and tried to change the subject. In retrospect, it would have been funny had I asked her if she had seen the adorable No Boundaries summer line that was heating up the aisles of Wally World! But of course I didn't say that; she was just being nice.

On a positive note, maybe she couldn't tell how cheap my clothes were. Could it be that labels actually don't matter as much as some may think? Is it possible that finding a good fit and staying true to your own style is more important than whose name is pressed up against your back?

Now I want to open the floor to your own thoughts on shopping...what labels can't you live without, and what draws you to them? Are you a bargain hunter like me or a label whore like the raft lady? (Again, I kid.) What's your proudest shopping moment? I'll have to ponder this myself and get back to you with my own clearance conquests; I've had so many! hee hee ;)


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4 comments:

Jenarcissist said...

I'd like to add that one of my very favorite pieces of jewelry is a necklace I got on clearance at Claire's for $4. And that I was also puzzled a bit when I read the question, "Do you like Coach?" because all I could think of at first was that old sitcom!!

Nicki said...

I'm not really into brand names at all, but neither do I really have the patience for bargain hunting (what can I say, I'm a lazy shopper, haha!) I have a few favourite stores that I visit in heavy rotation that all offer clothes for reasonable prices. If a pair of jeans is over $30 dollars, they're too expensive for me!

PoorCollegeStudent said...

I am very much into quality over quantity, but after a certain price, how much better can you get? I will spend a lot on jeans (up to $50) and I will spend over 100 on shoes ( I need support b/c of an old foot injury and most of my shoes I keep wearing forever) but most of my clothes are cheap. I am very much a jeans and t-shirt girl, but lately I've been trying really hard to buy more lady-like clothes so I have something to wear when I get a real job.

Jenarcissist said...

Nicki, I have that same $30 rule for myself! :)

For me, I'm willing to pay more for something if it's truly better than something cheaper or if it's the only thing like it. Otherwise, if I can find something suitable for less money, that's a no brainer to me. My favorite places to shop lately are Forever 21, TJ Maxx, H&M, Filene's Basement, and Ross...all reasonably priced and stuff that's just as cute as you find at higher priced stores. It seems to me that most stores, whether high-end or lower, carry about the same styles with each season, so you can almost always find something very close at a lesser price! I wish it had been so easy to be affordably fashionable when I was growing up!!

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