this is not a sale

40%, 50%, 70% off?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember when we were thrilled to get 10% or 20% off at any SALE, even at Christmas? So why the change? A skirt was originally priced at $200, and now it’s down to $60? Wonderful, you say? 

Not so fast, think about it.

Think back to when you bought a blazer, a blazer you may still have, it cost you more than the schmatte you can buy today at H&M, didn’t it? But you still have it, and, you love it and get compliments every time you wear it.

The blazer may even have been made in America!

But even if it wasn’t, even if it was made in Italy, it was quality.

The price of clothing has been going down for years. People today, from most demographics, shop for clothes on a weekly basis. It’s just what we do, and we can do it thanks to fast fashion.

I’ve talked about my own dilemma before, my love of fashion coupled with the scorn for fast fashion and everything that comes with it.

I’m not here to bum anyone out. I’m not here to dissuade anyone from taking advantage of the cyber Monday sales.

All I’m saying is, maybe we should be seeing more ads like this in our Cyber Monday email.




  • Melanie says:

    Free trade equals inexpensive clothing. I am sad that garment industries all over the US/Canada are gone or barely alive. I can still find fast-fashion prices with superb, lasting quality at my thrift/vintage shops, hallelujah. They don’t often have sales though. They don’t really need them. It’s shocking too that making your own clothes now is more expensive than buying them.

    • Anita Irlen says:

      There’s a bit of a rennaisance in the garment industry, here in NYC. Actually, it’s not in the garment district in Manhattan but in Brooklyn. It’s really heartening to see, but I wonder how many of these really quite wonderful young designers/small makers are going to “make it?” And yes, making ones own clothes these days is expensive. Yes, downside to free trade…

  • Haralee says:

    Quality lasts. A bit of investment and you have something that can be worn more than one season! Everyone loves a sale!

  • Mary B. says:

    Thanks for reminding us that immediate gratification has consequences.

  • Layce says:

    This is beautiful and timely. Thank you for starting this conversation.

    • Anita Irlen says:

      Thank you, it is timely. I think we need reminders like this, I do, I’m guilty of all kinds of senseless “wanting.” Wanting is not all bad, but with this blog/zine I’m just trying to strike a balance. Thanks for the comment!

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