Clothes Make the Cheap Bastard of a Man December 31, 2007Posted by skinbad in Economics, Personal Experiences.
I know I haven’t been pulling my weight around here lately and I don’t want Michael to reduce my production bonus any further. Performance evaluations are coming soon and I’m a little concerned.
It’s been a long time since I’ve given an Innocent Bystander Endorsement, but I’m ready to bestow the honor once again.
A little background first. My wife visited two of her sisters in Indianapolis a couple of years ago. While there, they took her to a Steve & Barry’s store. She knew I was in need of some jeans and knew my size, as dutiful wives are wont to do. The jeans at the store looked OK and were seven bucks and change, so she bought a few pairs for me. The “relaxed fit” ones worked out great. The “boot cut” ones she grabbed by mistake made me look like a gay sailor (NTTAWWT) and I gave those away. Anyway, she was quite impressed with the store and when I needed some more clothes I looked for them online and found that they don’t do online sales and the closest store to Utah was in Phoenix.
In the meantime, I was in need of some basketball shoes for the occasional hardwood blood-letting known to Mormon men as “ward ball.” I read somewhere about “Starbury” athletic shoes and how NBA “star” Stephon Marbury (million dollar talent/two dollar head) had a line of shoes that were decent and inexpensive. I thought I’d try a pair and did a little checking and found that they were only sold at (drum roll) Steve & Barry’s. When I went to CA last spring for a work trip, I checked to see if any of their stores would be in the vicinity. Nope.
Fast-forward to this Christmas holiday. We loaded up the kin and went to SLC to visit my parents for a couple of days. My dad asked Evil CC if he wanted some shoes (they wear the same size). He gave my son some Starbury shoes that he had bought for walking but decided he didn’t like. It turns out they opened a store in November about five minutes from my folks’ place. I headed over and got three pairs of jeans, shoes for me and one of my daughters for $50. Total. I’m sure it’s all Chinese sweat-shop labor, but what isn’t these days? Back-to-school shopping is about as big a bite as Christmas shopping for the family. Next fall, you’ll find us at Steve & Barry’s.