Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Well, but that’s DIFFERENT!

I just bought some new t-shirts today. Actually, by “new” I mean “new to me”. SEE, I realized while doing laundry that I was short on “normal wear” shirts. It seems that if you wear the same five shirts day in and day out for months on end, they will eventually wear out and/or acquire fatal staining which renders them indecent for public wear. Who knew?!

My first thought was Café Press, because there are a few amusing shirts I’ve snickered at in the past. And then I thought about spending $16, $20, $25 per shirt and instead dodged into Goodwill for a quick tour of the racks. I got four good quality t-shirts for $11 (thicker fabric, don’t say “Salafari Family Reunion: Georgia 1997” on them) and I doubt any of them were actually worn by anyone before they fell into my greedy little hands.

Yet I was grouchy, because $11 for four thrift-store shirts is a little steep, doancha think? I mean! There’s this big thrift store (in a really nasty area of a pretty rough-n-tumble town) that sells t-shirts for fifty cents apiece, for cripes sake! $2.75 each for t-shirts, pah! Shouldn’t be any more than a buck, and that’s pushing it!!!

…grouses the woman who dropped over $200 on yarn in a spontaneous act of ‘ooooh, and this would make a gorgeous shawl and these socks would be heavenly and is that alpaca?!’…

I am a big-spending cheapskate.

Oxymoron: It’s not just a word, it’s a lifestyle.


PipneyJane said...

Oxymoron: It’s not just a word, it’s a lifestyle

You, too, huh?

I have to seriously tighten up my financial act. Been procrastinating way too long and guess the result? The credit card balances are rising. << sigh >>

- Pam (got time to contemplate this all next week.)

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Oh yes, and off we go! I howl about paying $20 for a brand new pair of jeans somewhere, but drop $75 on one - ONE - bead, without batting an eyelash. Crazy. Of course, my theory is that the bead will never wear out, get stained, or make me feel fat during PMS week. God bless rationalization.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little jealous that you have 5 t-shirts.

Science PhD Mom said...

Ooooo, five new non-stained t-shirts! I'm down to three non-stained ones--the kids have finally done in the Talbots t-shirts I bought, oh, many, many moons ago when I was young and spendthrifty with extra income and no kids.

Boy have times changed! Buwahahaha! Now I'm saying to myself, 'that's not that bad a stain, I can wear that out.' Yes, I am a cheapskate. And the thrift store pants I bought for a costume are now a part of my daily wardrobe. Go figure.

But you're right, $2.75 per shirt is highway robbery! Darn those price tags! Next time go on the 50% off day. :)

Yarnhog said...

I was going to say something clever, but Kristin's comment has me laughing so hard I can't see straight.