Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WHAT? WEDNESDAY: DESIGNER LABELS

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Shortly before Christmas, The Hurricane and I shopped at the outlets near St. Augustine. Just for fun, we went in the Gucci store. The prices made me laugh, but some people were buying luggage and paying thousands of dollars for it. The least expensive item in the store was a plain scarf for $150. It wasn't better made or more wonderful than a scarf that cost $15. Some people will pay for the name Gucci, though.

This used Gucci diaper bag is for sale on e-bay for $400.
Why would I pay $400 for something I might have to use to hold a poopy
diaper until I can get to a garbage can?
I think you've already figured out that I'm not impressed by Gucci. But what about you? Here's today's question: Do you like shopping for certain designer labels?

Although I'm not after Gucci, I do like Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren clothes – at the right price. I have a beautiful white Calvin Klein sweater that I bought at Macy's for less than $30. I also have some Ralph Lauren t-shirts that cost less than $10 each.

The Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren clothes are very nice and very durable, but I wouldn't pay full price for them; and I wouldn't buy them because they're named Calvin and Ralph.

On the rare occasions that I shop at Macy's, I head straight for the Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren sale racks. If I can get a well-made piece of clothing at a great price, then, yes, I'm buying. So I do like shopping for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. But I'm not out hunting for Yves St. Laurent. I know I can't afford some brands even if they're half off.

How about you: Do you like shopping for certain designer labels?


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

29 comments:

  1. I once walked into Tiffany's and asked for a Tiffany blue paper bag. They said no, I would have to buy something to get the bag. I shrugged and left the store.

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    1. I knew some people who wanted sacks from Sax. They got them. Maybe Sax is nicer than Tiffany.

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  2. I do like shopping for certain designers, but I only buy if it's on a good sale. My favorite designer? Knock Off.

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    1. That's funny. I've never tried a knock off.

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  3. Nope, but that might be because I can't afford it right now. It's possible that if I get less poor when I'm older, I might start paying attention to labels.

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    1. Do you have a Macy's in your area? They have some amazing sales.

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  4. Well I love to confess I love brands but yes I cant always afford them in full price. I look out for sales and order them normally.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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    1. I watch for sales. Clearance is one of my favorite words.

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  5. I am not a designer label type of person. Comfy is the way to go.

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    1. My Calvin and Ralph are very comfy. I won't wear anything that doesn't help me feel good.

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  6. I'm not much of a shopper and couldn't care less about labels, but when I do shop I can't convince myself to buy the cheapest item available. I also can't buy the most expensive so I usually pick from the middle towards the top of the scale.

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  7. I believe I liked the same two designers when I worked and used to shop for well made clothes. Now my preferred brand is Wrangler men's jeans.

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    1. Wrangler sounds like a good choice for desert canyon living.

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  8. I am definitely not a brand type person. When we were visiting our daughter in Italy, she gifted me with a Fendi (knock off) handbag, with the interlocked F's logo. She asked if I knew what the 2 F's stood for. I guessed, "Fran Fischer"? She said, "No--Fake Fendi!!"

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  9. i don't actively go looking for only designer bags or items but if a brand has something that i really, really like in terms of functionally, practicality, design and price, i'll go for it.

    i do have a Gucci bag. it's not one those ugly monogram types and ppl don't even know it's Gucci until they really pay a close look at the tiny label. i like it because it's light in weight and practical.

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    1. Wow! I know someone who has a Gucci bag!

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  10. Love Coach, but will always buy it at an outlet, and only the all leather stuff. Oh, and LL Bean. Need I say more?

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    1. I've never gotten anything from Coach, but a friend got a Coach wallet recently and likes it very much. He says it's a manly man kind of wallet. LL Bean stuff lasts forever.

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  11. I never like anything long enough to spend a bunch of money on it. If I find a designer deal at Goodwill, I'll snap it up. Otherwise a fancy buy for me is $25 at Cato.

    -andi

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    1. When I worked at Macy's in Illinois, eventually clothes would be around so long that they'd come up on the register as costing one cent. When that happened because a customer brought the item to the register, we'd sell it at the last price it was marked higher than one cent (we did not tell the customer that it was a one cent item). When we found such an item ourselves, we took off the tags and it went in the penny box. The penny box ended up at Goodwill. So Goodwill gets clothes from Macy's that are somewhat outdated but may have cost $100 or more originally.

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  12. Me? Shop for a particular label? Only if "IRREGULAR" is a trendy new designer...

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    1. Yes, IRREGULAR is a trendy new designer. You are a fashion maven, Susan. And welcome to duckyhood. My fishducky approved button is the only button I display on my sidebar.

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  13. Nope. Never been into fads or what was popular even when they didn't have designer labels on them like they do now. Even if I could afford to buy those crazy expensive things--I could think of much better ways to spend my money--LOL! ;)

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    1. Art supplies are much better than a handbag with a name on it.

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  14. Yes, I do go out looking for designer labels, but, you know, the shop assistants get SO cross when they see me cutting them out of the clothes and putting them in my bag. Who'd have thought? I cannot believe that diaper (nappy to me) bag.

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    1. How pissy of them. Ridiculous nappy bag, isn't it? $400! Used!

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  15. I don't shop for brand name things typically. I just have no desire to waste my money. It's not that I'm not aware of them...when my step-mom gave me a Coach purse for Christmas, I was very grateful, but no way would I have bought it for myself.

    Oh, I just realized, I do really like Life is Good t-shirts, but I'm not sure that would be considered a quality label? Their t-shirts are the softest, though!

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