15 responses to “Open the drawer, give me the change you said would do me good”

  1. handstil

    This is so true that it makes me whine internally the whole time I’m reading it.
    Seriously, it’s low quality shit for what I STILL consider to be way overpriced crap or way too much money for something at the MALL (ew) supporting companies I despise.

    Thankfully, I have time to thrift shop on a regular basis so my need to buy clothing items retail is small if not nil.

  2. rpkrajewski

    Maybe this rotting out of the middle retail is just more pronounced in California, but yeah, going to a normal department store, or smallish local in-town store to get CLOTHES seems like quaint anachronism. And Target pretty much is the closest thing to that kind of department store — they are cheap and cheerful, so they’ve cleaned up by catering to bargain hunters and people with more money who like to save money on some things so they can buy luxury goods elsewhere.

    Some towns in rural areas still have department stores of manageable size with good prices — we went to one called Reny’s in Rockland, Maine last month and had fun picking out a few things.

    1. torgo_x

      Small towns in rural areas

      In 2002, I moved to Juneau, Alaska, which is a place big on MFAs routinely making informed decisions about their 401(k)
      plans. And people there told me “get used to ordering
      stuff thru the mail!” By which, of course, they
      meant: thru the Web, arriving in the mail.

      Even moving down to Ketchikan, where there is a Walmart,
      same deal. There are two exceptions: a “marine supply” store where you can buy, well, “foulweather gear”, but that includes raincoats and
      rainboots that you don’t need to be at sea to use; and an honest to god “general store” that’s huge, occupies both sides of the street, and where you can get proper shoes and clothes not actually redolent of the
      polymer-and-slavery mills of Chinastan.

      Otherwise, “the shops” in the downtown area have been rent-displaced
      stores that spend six months a year selling tourist tat (and TANZANITE?!) for the (increasing, ever
      >cruise-ship crowds
      ; and then simply board up
      for the other six months (i.e., moving to the Caribbean
      for the “winter” cruises there). “The shops” are squeezed by that at the same time they’re squozen by the whole web-ordering thing. Like there’s a nice, pretty, friendly
      independent bookstore in town; but adding over the past four years, I don’t think I’ve spent there even one hundredth of what I’ve spent at Amazon and Powell’s.

      So, in this general respect, Alaska is, for once, actually anticipating a national trend. i.e.,
      “get used to ordering stuff thru the mail!”.

      Also, don’t call a Walmart ever about anything. They shouldn’t even bother answering the phones there, for all the good that calling them does.

  3. maps_or_guitars

    Re: “Expotition”


    I so grew up with that word.

  4. eyeteeth

    I don’t find that to be so much the case here, but that’s probably because I live in New York City, not America.

    1. torgo_x


      I adore that I can say that I live on an island off the
      coast of America and mess with people’s minds when they
      think I mean Manhattan.

  5. springheel_jack

    I wonder if I will be still living when the last bourgeois is killed and skinned. Once I would have gloried at the sight, but now it wouldn’t mean revolution! – it would mean I’ve become a lumpenprole, along with almost everyone else, and that we’re living out what we’re pleased to call our “lives” in some kind of high-density service-sector feed lot for the truly wealthy, who rule not so much like suzerains as like the aliens in Battlefield Earth.

  6. mightywings

    Useless comment, but that is such a good song. If you have a Patagonia outlet somewhere vaguely nearby, that might be a better option. Slight miss-sewings, old years, unpopular colors, very cheap.

  7. kasheri

    This isn’t remotely the point, and yet I can’t help focusing on it. Why does Bob need a jacket and pants that fold up into their own bag? Is he in to back packing or something? Or is he just fond of wrinkles?

    1. daisyhunter

      Bob rides a bicycle everywhere. My guess is, he will keep it in his back pack for wet weather.

  8. ahhhlisaaah

    I’m offended that whenever you go into most stores, the place looks like a war zone and they never seem to have WHAT YOU NEED stocked. Irritating and a waste of time.

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