The 4th of July is over. Independence Day is usually filled with a lot of noise after twilight, but this year, it was very quiet due to the almost total ban on fireworks sale. We have been experiencing severe drought in Texas, and as a result, the only fireworks allowed were the big public displays. Texans are pyromaniacs, and there are huge warehouse stores all over that only open for about 20 days out of the year (10 days before the 4th of July and before New Year's Eve). This year, all they were allowed to sell were small fireworks that don't shoot up. I'm sure the businesses were hurting pretty bad. We passed by one such store yesterday afternoon, and there were absolutely no cars in the parking lot although they had an "open" sign. I guess this is what you get when you put all your eggs in one basket. . . But I digress.
On Saturday, my son wanted to go browse in a sporting goods store, so I took him to a big box store that moved into a bigger building recently. I had not been in a retail establishment other than grocery stores in a long, long time, and boy did I get a dose of sticker shock! $24.99 for an Under Armor shirt? Good grief! WHO pays that kind of money? But you know what? The store was PACKED. I could not believe how full the parking lot was. You would think it was the week before Christmas!
I realized how much my values had changed since I was younger, when I thought nothing of buying things even if they were not marked down one bit. I can't imagine paying that kind of money for one lousy shirt! Then I was looking around children's clothing, and it was not much better. A toddler T-shirt was $16.99! Can you imagine how much clothing you could buy at a thrift store for that amount, even though they too have been raising prices? Insanity, I tell you!
I realise the economy needs consumers to purchase things to keep the economic engine going, but my days of paying full price for anything is over. I'll leave that to those people who has not seen the light of being frugal. . .