Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Today's mail bag
I'm anxiously awaiting the mail these days because I have Etsy treasures en route. I thought I'd share what came today. The new LL Bean Signature catalog. Oh, Baby, this ain't your grandfather's LL Bean. My head is still spinning. Thirty pages of the most outrageously overpriced clothes to ever come out of Freeport, Maine.
You really have to wonder what's going on here. Is this a signal that the recession is over? Are we suddenly supposed to feel flush with cash and ready to stimulate the economy? Maybe these are disguises for hedge fund managers who don't want to be recognized by the 99% on their days off.
Here's a sneak peek of what's inside.
This chap is sporting what I consider a cotton T-shirt and cargo shorts. The shirt which is cotton / poly is $69 (note that he is actually wearing two of them). The shorts are $79. Grand total...... hold on......$217 for clothes worthy of taking the trash to the curb. Note: Price excludes the belt to hold this sloppy look together. Seriously, anyone could outfit 5 scruffy teenagers and achieve the same look, probably for less.
It continues. This absolutely hideous sweater in cotton/acrylic is $119. What's with that neckline??? Cotton plaid shirt $69, jeans $69. Total.....$257 for what amounts to a thrift store aesthetic.
I suddenly feel very out of touch with reality. And to think that I've been feeling guilty about spending $55 for shirting fabric from Denver Fabrics to make four new shirts for myself! Reality check.
The best part of today's mail, by far, is the buttons to finish off the Victorian shirt. Yay!
Thank you Ann at Odd Cat Vintage Buttons for these beauties! They're very small, glass and a nice compliment to the darker tigereye cufflinks. I just hope I have a needle small enough to sew them on. The hole on the back side is incredibly small.
Time to fire up the buttonholer!