Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Let's Be Reasonable

This year I noticed a lovely Christmas wreath, hand-tied with blue juniper berries, red pepper berries and white tallow berries in the recent Williams-Sonoma catalogue, and as soon as I saw the picture I knew it would be perfect for our front door. And then I looked at the price. "What? $79 for a ring of greenery that will die at the end of the season? They've got to be kidding."

Fortunately, they were (though they don't know it). I found the same wreath at Land's End for $59. Better. But still highly overpriced.

To my pleasant surprise, Costco also carries this particular wreath. Only theirs is slightly bigger. Costco's price? $34. Now that's fair.

Why am I disappointed every time I see this sort of price gouging in commercialism? I know I should expect it, but it really does make me sad.


Beth said...

Hey you could probably make it yourself for half the price :)

Today I went to Costco with my mom and was a little upset to see the exact same pjs I just bought for Madeleine - about 6 dollars cheaper. And I bought 4 pairs for the winter.

Cheryl M. said...

and why do I like the pomegranate and pepperberry wreath for $159.00...huh??? I will end up using my same ole wreath...given to me by my mother-in-law after she got tired of it...I did spruce it up a bit with some cute inexpensive little birds from Michaels.

Amy Parris said...

I'm with you. Good bargain hunting.

Kristen Laurence said...

Beth, I know you're right, but then I'd want to give it away.

Oh my, Cheryl, you have expensive taste! :)

Thank you, Amy. It took a little help from Google and about ten minutes of my time.

Margaret in Minnesota said...

I love the Williams-Sonoma catalogue and I hate the Williams-Sonoma catalogue. I find that it skews my perspective on how much I should be spending on nice things...and yet, some of those kitchen tools are SO very nice.

And don't even get me started on their desserts!

I ooh and I aah and then I move on. I was at Costco last night and you're right; they have a more than adequate selection.