Friday, October 24, 2008

Quite the Duds

I am trying to fathom how anyone could spend $150,000 on clothes. In today’s papers Sarah Palin denied that amount, and I hope she’s right, because I just cannot wrap my mind around such a staggering number.

It makes me sick that citizens will pony up huge donations to pay for a candidate’s clothes, or, after an election, to replace the rug in the Oval Office ($30,000-50,000--replaced in EVERY new administration, Republican or Democrat), but would these same people donate as much to address world hunger or eradicate malaria??

Today I went to Wal-Mart to stock up on necessities and I actually found some adorable clothes there. Okay, I know I should consider quality over price, but these were semi-trendy clothes, and I’ll feel a lot better next season when today’s baby doll styles are out if I spent $50 rather than $1500 on them. BTW, is that whole sweatshop thing resolved, or do I need to stop buying clothes at Wal-Mart?

I’m sure Sarah Palin has a Wal-Mart in Wasilla, so if she’s reading this, I’d like to give her an idea of what I got for my $226 today: two birthday gifts, jumbo TP and paper towels, 3 bras, 3 sweaters, one trendy blazer, 5 loaves of bread, English muffins, 8 yogurts, 5 boxes of cereal, hair clips (yep, banana clips), 4 bottles of Acai juice, laundry detergent, canned food, snacks, turkey, cleaning supplies, and a few other items I can’t identify from the receipt but that seemed really important when I was there.

Now I’m not saying that Sarah Palin and other politicians must shop at Wal-Mart, Target, and thrift shops like I do, but, hello, how about giving Ann Taylor or J. Crew a try?


Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

FIVE loaves of bread??? WTH? Loaves and fishes?? Feeding a small community? That cracks me up.


Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

Angie-- Fortunately we have a basement freezer for such deals! :)

Rebecca said...

I totally agree, it's outrageous.

I love our local Target. It makes me so happy to be able to buy the kids cloths that are fun, comfortable and cheap. There is no reason for kids to have expensive cloths...they're KIDS for goodness sake.

Gretchen said...

I'm lovin this post. SO true. Maybe she just thinks that if she shopped at Walmart, it would give the Democrats one more thing to rip her to shreds about. "Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin is so unconcerned with her appearance that she will shop at discount stores just to squeeze a dime." Hello, folks. It's called being thrifty.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I have always liked to think that if I was an A List celebrity there would be a moment when the paparazzi would ask me who I was wearing, and I'd say "Ann Taylor." Then when they looked amazed, I'd say "What? I'm from DC." Because if I become an A List celebrity - I'm totally keeping my priorities straight.