Nordstrom had its grand opening at a Pittsburgh mall this weekend. We took a quick stroll through both levels, and I was underwhelmed. It’s not a big store by any means — you can see all corners of it from just about anywhere in the store. Oh and the prices? Wow.
They want $79 for a pair of infant blue jeans. Have they lost their minds?! I won’t pay that much for a pair of jeans for myself, let alone a baby who might wear them for a few months, if that. I don’t have anything against people who pay $79 for an adult-size pair of jeans, because at least they’re going to get a few years of use out of them, hopefully. And they’re probably not going to get poo poo on their pants. But for a baby? Please.
With Nordstrom as an anchor, other high-end retailers have opened in that section of the mall: Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Coach and Juicy Couture.
I don’t know how the new luxury retailers are going to fare, given the down economy and the fact that Pittsburgh is the 5th poorest big city. So, ah, good luck to you, Tiffany, Louis and Kate. I don’t know about other Pittsburghers, but this one ain’t going to spend $630 on an umbrella. One high gust of wind, and that thing is going to invert just as much as a $10 one from Target.
If I’m going to lounge around my apartment, I’m not going to don an ugly tracksuit that refers to myself as “her majesty.” And I’m certainly not going to pay $256 for it.
Here’s the kind of mall shopper I am: I bought three tank tops from Old Navy for $2 each and a cookie from Mrs. Fields for $1 something.
We also got a free sample of tea from some tea store.
I’m not saying that I think people should only spend a few dollars on clothes here and there, and I’m certainly not trying to be a frugality snob.
Someday, I would like some nicer, more durable clothes (though I still don’t want to ever pay full-price for any item). I don’t have much fashion sense at all — you’d know that if you saw me or my closet. Soon enough, I hope to box up my maternity wear and get some clothes that don’t say, “I still sort of look like a college student, but I’m married, have a baby, and I’ve completely given up on my appearance.” No, I don’t want to look like that.
I just don’t think I could ever justify spending that kind of money on a status symbol.