26 October 2010
encyclopedic knowledge of fast-fashion prices has its downsides. it makes things very tricky indeed when shopping internationally. in copenhagen, there was this fur hat. it cost 480 kroner. i didn't buy it. because 480 kroner was something like $50 and knew this hat would retail for $10 at h+m. thus, placing my faith in globalism, i had no doubt i could find this fur hat again.
this fully attests to the intensity of my faith in fashions. a faith that has no foundation.
in paris there were these leggings. i don't exactly remember them but i know there was ruching at the ankle. and maybe they were lilac. or hot pink. or some equally hard-to-find color born of the sunset. and they were crafted from the wool of virigin lambs and there was possibly detailing with gold thread kissed by angels. these leggings, they were WONDROUS.
due to my implacable belief in my own ability to find anything on the internet and because i made the assumption that in today's global markets anything you ever see once anywhere in the world can later be found again, i did not buy these leggings. i gawped at the 45€ price tag, laboriously photographed the label, and returned them to the shelf, content in the knowledge that i would one day soon see them again, presumably at a price far south of $72. i never did.
i did this then because i had learned nothing from the jackie kennedy cookie jar.
the jackie kennedy cookie jar is the greatest thing to have ever existed in the entire history of the world. a one gallon cookie jar featuring a beautific jackie kennedy in the iconic pink chanel suit. a piece of ceramic created after the death of jfk to remind us of the idyllic times before the death of jfk- when life was good, carbohydrates had not yet been invented and cookies were so abundent that whimsical jars were needed to contain them.
the jackie kennedy cookie jar was on ebay in the fall of 2002. it cost $75 and i did not buy it. i did not even bid on it, because this was back when i was reeling in roughly $20 a shift at applebee's. back when i didn't have $75. when i didn't even have a jar's worth of cookies. at the time, the jackie kennedy cookie jar did not seem such a great loss because smugly, i assumed i would one day- in some far off future when $75 weren't such an impossibility- happen upon it again. in my naive, humble heart, i had no doubt the jackie kennedy cookie jar would one day belong to me.
eight years later- despite repeated internet searching and treks to the cookie jar specialty store on lincoln- the jackie kennedy cookie jar is not yet mine. i have never even seen it again.
yet, i have hope. because today, i found that fur hat from copenhagen at h+m for $9.95. and, as i queued up to pay for it, i couldn't help but smile and find a correlation. because this is the unfailingly optimistic way my mind works, i couldn't stop myself from thinking, oh yes, the jackie kennedy cookie jar can't be far behind...
ps. so, oline, what does the jackie kennedy cookie jar look like? you may ask. there is a picture pasted into the front of one my journals that is either missing in my home or still in memphis. one day, i assure you, you will see.
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