I learned my lesson last year. I waited too long to get the grandkids Halloween costumes. I had noticed TJ Maxx’s costumes in the past, but I wasn’t in the market for them, and I didn’t know how quickly they fly out the door. I saw a rack full early in the season last year and thought I’d bring the girls back later when they’d surely mark them down. It didn’t happen. TJ Maxx carries beautiful costumes—much nicer than any I’ve seen in the party stores. I’ve gotten some nice costumes online, too, but at TJ Maxx I’m talking sumptuous.
I was there on Sunday looking for snow pants—those sell out everywhere before Christmas, so good luck if you wait until you really need them—and I noticed the costumes. There was a mom trying dresses on her kid over her clothes, grumbling that she’d been there just a few hours ago, went home to get the kid, and now half the stuff was gone. I figured it was time to strike . Got the blue dress for the older princess (not my photo, but same dress) and she doesn’t want to take it off. You can’t see the fitted sleeve or the tulle and hoop underneath, but you get the idea. Quality fabric and great construction. The younger one (again, not my photo, not my kids) got the red dress—lots of lace, tulle, the hoop, and the collar stands up if you want to be a vampire queen. She’s been parading around role playing in a believable Cockney accent. (Thank you, Harry Potter.) Okay, these were at the high end of the $20-30 range, but they’ll wear them to the Renaissance Festival and play dress up in them until they can’t get into them anymore. I think it’s a great buy. So moms and grandmas, hie thee to TJ Maxx before the rack bones are picked clean.
My second killing of the week was 2 pr of sturdy $50 snow boots at Famous Footwear for $35—2 pr! Last year I let the girls choose prettier ones, and they didn’t hold up. These are like wearing rubber tires. They have purple uppers, so the girls are happy, and they were on sale, plus buy 1, get 1 1/2 off, plus I had a 20% off coupon. Victory dance!
Third discovery in the Sunday flier—Maybelline Falsies mascara on sale. I’ve wanted to try it. Models and beauty contestants swear by Maybelline. Got the stuff home, couldn’t wait to try it. Yes! I see a difference. I got shortchanged in the eyelash department, so this is a good find.
Which brings me to my final point. Rant, really. I browse magazines and watch the paper and the Sunday fliers, but TV advertising almost never moves me. In fact, most of it offends me. Pharmaceutical ads really get my goat, and the latest one peddles a drug for people who “suffer” from “insufficient eyelashes.” Huh? You’re going to risk that list of possible side effects and let somebody apply chemicals to your eyelids for fuller eyelashes? Stick some of those false babies on for heaven’s sake!
But here’s the real reason all this bothers me. I saw a TV special recently–Sanjay Gupta or Anderson Cooper, somebody worth watching–about the shortage of life-saving cancer drugs—not the latest stuff, but the most effective proven drugs they’ve been using for years. And why? Because drug companies don’t make enough profit on them. Why produce a cheap drug that can mean the difference between life and death when you can make more profit on penis or eyelash extender?
I wonder if we can rein in some of the economic craziness we’re mired in by becoming picky picky picky consumers? How are we changing our consumer habits? Let us count the ways. Tell us more—more tips, more dependable retailers, and more changes you’ve been making. And where you draw the line.
ONE BRAVE COWBOY goes on sale around Sept 20, but I’ll draw one name from among today’s commenters for a free autographed copy of one of the earlier books in the series.