what's in a name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

What's in a name? Better yet, what's in name brand? Let's take clothes for example: perhaps better materials, more precise measurements, more flattering fit and even reputation. But is it always worth it to spend more money for that label?

I've certainly been this girl before. I used to hate shopping on the sale rack and sifting through the completely disorganized racks at TJ Maxx. But gone are the days of limitless shopping (or just daddy's credit card) and here-to-stay are the days of thrift stores and good friends leftovers (still love those Citizens jeans Holly!)

My heart skips a beat when I find a great label at a discount store like TJ Maxx, Rugged Wearhouse or even Goodwill. I can no longer go to Asheville, NC without finding something awesome at their Goodwill Outlet. Yes, Outlet. Its all the stuff that isn't really sorted. It just sits in bins...you dig through it (with gloves people, this place is nasty)...and then you pay based on how much your items weigh. Its like a Chinese lunch buffet, only with used clothing.

Over the summer I found the coolest vintage Patagonia fleece vest for Josh. And it was a measly $0.70. I couldn't believe it. Washed and dried the vest a couple of times and now its perfect!

So, this past weekend, my friend Holly and I decided to spend some time at the outlet. We were beginning to get a little discouraged. Where were the cute lamps? What about the designer jackets we'd seen? And then I saw it...peaking out from a particularly packed bin:


seriously, dior? at the goodwill? what?!?!?!?!
what had i found? a dress? a shirt? something fabulous please!
the vintage print was amazing...i knew i'd stumbled onto something big.

that is...i thought i'd found something amazing until holly held it up for me.

who knew that Dior made moo-moos?

No, even though I'm a recovering label-addict, I did not buy the Dior moo-moo/housecoat. Of well, better luck next time, right?


Anonymous said...

You are a very wise shopper. If you do not like something do not buy it even if it is a designer label. XO Connie

chelsea said...

tip for next time:
1. buy the moo moo
2. cut the tag out
3. throw the moo moo away
4. sew the tag in another item from wal-mart or target
5. tell all your friends how amazingly stylish you are while letting the dior tag "accidentally" poke out of your shirt/dress. oops.

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