We can attempt to teach the things that one might imagine the earth would teach us: silence, humility, holiness, connectedness, courtesy, beauty, celebration, giving, restoration, obligation and wildness.
David Orr from "Earth in Mind"

Mar 18, 2007

It's Just Denim and Thread... and a Few Gromets

I am sitting here wearing a new pair of jeans. I must not have bought any new ones in years because when I went looking I was shocked to see that most jeans now cost close to a hundred dollars or more. I guess you could date me by the fact that the last time I got jeans the ones at the Gap were all $36, now somehow the same pair were $78. Needless to say I was not going to spend that much money on a pair of pants that will be peed on, drooled on and spilt on.

Luckily I was at a mall (I know that sentence gives me bad feeling to even write) so I could look at a few other stores. Even the Levis store started their jeans at $80 working their way up to $175! I did not even bother at most of the other stores where I saw women in heels and stylish clothes looking through racks while their forearms were laden with various bags.

I did end up at the Macy's where I at first was horrified by $215 dollar jeans, these things were strategically "distressed" to look worn. I don't need someone else to wear out my jeans for me. In fact I plan on wearing the pair I got until they are shreds. Finally in one corner of the store I found a few brands that had some less expensive pairs. I walked out of there having spent just over $50. Hopefully the cheap jeans won't be $150 by the next time I need a new pair.


The Grocer said...

I don't know whether you guys have charity shops over there in the US but I have started buying as many of my clothes as possible second hand. I find it ridiculous how much people will throw out.

Stacey said...

We usually do get most of uour clothes at thrift stores, that's why all these new prices shocked me.