Last night I was chatting on Twitter with another lovely lawyer lady about Christmas tree skirts..and mostly, why on this green earth do they cost so much? It seems to be that if you are looking for a larger tree skirt that is devoid of sequins, sparkles or cartoon characters (all of which have a time & a place, my Christmas tree skirt not being one of them) most places are charging upwards of $75. SEVENTY. FIVE. DOLLARS. For some round fabric. Of course I could have a relatively inexpensive Christmas tree skirt if I made good on my little white lie to Heather that I’d re-purposed my wedding dress into a tree skirt, but, uh, yeah. JUST KIDDING HEATHER. I’m currently using some white and silver fabric that I’ve draped around the bottom of the tree & I’m calling it good for now, at least until Pottery Barn quits smoking crack and puts this on sale for more than 50% off.
You know what else is absurdly expensive? Razor blades. I’ve given up on my rainbow sparkles & fairy dust “made for ladies” razor and now use the same kind as B so we can just buy an economy pack of razor blades a few times a year (we’ve distinguished between them by painting the handle of mine with some fancy sparkly nail polish) but the week that I pick them up I’m grumpy the entire time. I turn into an old curmudgeon, raising my fist and shaking it at the sky at random points in the day while continually muttering “$44 for RAZOR BLADES!” while contemplating the European way of things.
To further my list of Things That Cost Too Much, I’d like to inquire as to the price of nuts. Pecans and walnuts specifically. Are they picked by baby camels and flown around in jewel encrusted boxes? No? Then why so much, grocery store? Don’t even get me started on the recent price tag on almond butter at my local grocer. $22? For the small jar? On what planet?
Bah humbug! Now excuse me while I go hide my money under my mattress and rinse out my Ziplock bags for a second use.*
*I jest, I jest.