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Why I hate shopping!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I know, once again, why it is that I hate shopping, and why I am so very thankful to live in the internet age where I can just go to Amazon or some other website and get just about anything I need in the world delivered to my door step.

So my boss and I gave our presentations today and they were spectacular! Everything went great, we answered every and all questions and were extremely happy with how it went.

We finished around noon. I checked to see if I could get a flight back to FL in the dice, so I hit the gym for an early afternoon spin class (instructor was a freaking maniac....he kept doing hill climbs, one after a friggin' other)

Then I found myself with a whole afternoon free in Las Vegas, NV....hmmmm what to do?!?!

I was going to go hit the tables, but I remembered that I was in sore need of a new sportcoat or 2, so I decided to hit a few of the various shops in town to see what I could find.

I started off at Nordstrom and found a few that looked and felt OK, mostly silk/wool blends. Then off to Saks, then Nieman Marcus, then over to Caesar's to a few of the specialty shops.

Now I freely admit, I'm a pain in the ass when it comes to finding something that I like. I critique the color, the drape, the tightness in the shoulders, because I know that if I end up not liking it, it'll just stay in my closet and not get worn (I have way too many like that), so I've learned to not buy anything I don't really, really like.

So I'm in Nieman-Marcus and I spy this very cool dark copper colored sport-coat, with black herringbone pattern. "This I can wear!" I tell myself.

It fits like a glove (as a matter of fact, most everything fit great....even the "sport cut" lines.....I'm digging my V-shape), it hangs just right, looks great up close and far away....and the cashmere feels like something SWMBO would just love to cozy up to.

And it's $5,000!!

God freaking dammit! Did virgin Mongolian maidens hand-pick every fiber off their herd of goats to make this jacket! It better damn well come with a free weekend stay at the Bellagio!

I refuse to take it off though.....I'm walking around the store getting the clerk to show me what else they've got, some matching pants and shirts.....and a few other jackets because I know I'm not getting this one. Man it felt good.

And that's the way the rest of my night went. I hit the Zegna store in Caesar's forums and found a real nice travel jacket in mostly wool, with just a hint of stretchy material in there that felt great when I moved my arms. The clerk starts selling it to me with ,"yes sir, you can fly all night long and this jacket will drape like it was new!" $2995!

I find a nice light navy thing at Saks with a few lines of deep royal Blue in there....fits like a glove....$3495!

What the hell! I gave up and went in to the Apple store and almost talked myself into buying a Macbook Air.....fully loaded it would have only cost me $1300!

Needless to say, I came back to my hotel empty handed....I hate being rushed and any jacket I bought would have needed alterations (oh they were all happy to measure me up right there and ship the jacket when it was done!)

I'll stay on the lookout....I've got a few more trips out here and other parts of the country, so I'll either tone down my tastes.....or check to see what Amazon has in their men's dept! I really have to go through this again! ARRGGHHHHHH!

Have a great night Spark friends!
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    That's just freakin crazy!! That much for clothes!! And now a days they are not made to last like years ago. Good luck finding what you need/want!!
    1534 days ago
    I agree with FFK - hit the tables and win your coat! I recommend Craps.

    Has the best odds and if you start with a large enough bank roll, you can play more aggressively. My DH started with a $2000 bank roll and won $3000 in about 3 hours after teaching himself how to play on an iPhone app!

    He only played that one time for real, so can't tell you if it was fluke or not...but he has "won" over $100,000 on his iPhone app over the course of the last six months :)

    Good luck!
    1534 days ago
    Great blog! I, too, dislike shopping. I don't want temptation in my face and I really don't need anything new. I don't want to see, feel, or smell fine fabrics. Ebay is still my go-to place if I need something new. And even there one must be careful.
    1537 days ago
    I remember shopping I. Vegas with my sisters. We knew we couldn't afford most things, so we just had fu trying things on. It's not so much fn when you are actually looking for something though.
    1539 days ago
    Thank goodness I don't have to wear a suit very often. A few years ago I was in Kansas City with a group and one of the group members was so excited because some major men's wear company was having a huge sale and he bought a couple of suits that were "only" a couple thousand dollars.
    1539 days ago
    Try the second hand and consignment shops in Vegas. You can often find some interesting stuff amongst the "stuff."
    1539 days ago
    Ah yes, the 'expensive tastes' syndrome....I do believe I have that as well. LOL
    1539 days ago
    What, you don't think these are reasonable prices? Why I'll bet you $10,000. that they're worth every penny! I'll front the money from my speaker's fees, though that's not very much.....

    1539 days ago
    A department head at a company I once worked for dropped "hints" to her staff for what she felt would be a suitable (extremely expensive) Christmas gift from the staff to how well does your staff like you?

    On second thought, it didn't work out very well for her so maybe it's best not to find out if you're well loved lol.

    Hit the tables and win the $$ for your sport coat and then explain the extravagance as an a $5k coat and you will never need to buy another one. Think of all the money you'll save!
    1539 days ago
    Go visit Seoul, Korea! I bought the most awesome leather jacket in Seoul. Fits like a glove, and very soft, high quality leather. It cost me about $300USD. In fact, I'm wearing it my sparkpage profile pic! The same jacket would have cost at least double in a overpriced leather goods chain store in the US. Tailoring is super cheap, and most places can turnaround in same day (yay competition!). But I guess you'd make up the price in the plane flight over there...well, if you ever do happen to make a business trip that way!
    1539 days ago
    ROFLMAO!!!! When will you learn just not to shop??? You always come out more aggravated than you go in. Here's what I don't understand....if you're used to buying off the internet, where you can't try things on....why so picky when you can? BTW...did you EVER get new pants? OR are you still using belts, garters and string to keep the old ones up?? LOL emoticon
    1539 days ago
    You could have a rather lovely bespoke suit made for those prices! I'm the same way, though. Just naturally drawn to what usually ends up being the most expensive version of whatever. Very frustrating! Bob's suggestion of winning and spending those returns on a luxurious jacket sounds pretty great to me! That's just the sort of thing I'd want to spend gambling wins on. Or maybe go back to Nordstroms and try again. emoticon
    1540 days ago
    Keep it in mind for when you win lotto?
    1540 days ago
  • BOB240
    I know the problem.

    I go into a store... find a suit I like and telepathically I know the price tag is at the high end.

    My theory is all cloths cost the same. Then someone comes along and picks the nice ones and prices accordingly.

    Stll - make it up on the poker tables at the Ballagio. Find a $10/$20 table play tight, get position on a donkey for the blinds. Get he monre back in a few hours ;)
    1540 days ago
    It's Neiman Marcus. Whaddya expect? ;)
    1540 days ago
    There's a chain store in the UK called Primark . . .
    1540 days ago
    I agree I feel you emoticon emoticon
    1540 days ago
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