Against my better judgment, I decided to “browse” at the after-Christmas sales last Saturday.
Purchase #1: After a yoga class at the mega studio I’ve been featuring, I browsed through their book selection. While I’m an Iyengar devotee, I’m also curious about Yin yoga, and I was tempted by Sarah Powers’s Insight Yoga and Bernie Clark’s YinSights. When the staffer announced a 20% discount (that day only), I couldn’t resist and chose the latter.
Purchase #2: While I’m dismayed at lululemon’s burgeoning empire and beyond-trendy vibe, I found my feet stepping into one of their boutiques and my hands rifling through the sale racks. A sale. At lululemon. Unheard of. I found cropped Wonder Unders in denim Luon ($29; regular price $78) and in brown organic cotton ($49; regular price $68). Whatever I might think of lulu’s corporate strategy, their flagship styles fit perfectly.
I checked the labels. Although “Designed in Vancouver,” both were made outside North America: the cotton one in Peru, the nylon, in China (egads!). Apparently, the company simply cannot find enough garment workers in North America. Staffers assured me of non-sweatshop conditions and efforts to spread its manufacturing worldwide, not only to China.
I wanted time to mull over them, but they don’t do holds. The upshot: I got both.
Purchase #3: I recently heard about Second Yoga Jeans from fellow yogi Dhana Musil. The company is based in Montreal and they manufacture in Canada. While I love to do yoga and to wear jeans, the combination seemed incongruous, like drinking a cappuccino on a hot summer day.
Still, when I later spied them at a yoga shop, I couldn’t resist trying on a pair. Wow. Talk about stretchy. I could squat and bend and probably, well, do yoga in them. At the time, I took a pass (I have enough jeans) but last Saturday I found them at another boutique for 50% off. I hemmed and hawed.
Again, I wanted a cooling-off period but they refused to hold the pair for me. Premium denim typically costs upward of $150; at $55, these jeans were a bargain! In a minute, they were mine. (Note: Those are my jeans but not me. I don’t do heels, as I’ve discussed here.)
I suffered from a bit of buyer’s remorse later. Do I really need more yoga leggings and a pair of skinny jeans (which I regard as street clothes, not for actual yoga class)? Of course not. There’s a huge difference between “wanting” and “needing” something.
Believe it or not, I am a frugal person at heart. Earlier this month, I read Sue’s blog post about trying to control and minimize her spending during her two-month yoga study in India. I had to laugh. It reminded me of my “junior year abroad” to England way back when. There, I accounted for all (and I mean all) expenditures during my entire stay. Whether it was spring break train tickets, Sainsbury’s groceries, or a pen for 50p, I jotted the details in little notebooks. I’d never done this before (and never since). But, during that period, it gave me a sense of perspective. How much does it really cost to live as a student in England?
Well, now that I have the leggings and jeans (all “final sale only”), I’ve rationalized their admission into my closet. But I’m reminded again that spending money is tricky with me. Pleasure. Guilt. Desire. Simplicity. Cost. Value. Function. Cool. The competing interests!
The trick is to buy only what you really need or really love. If either needed or loved, cost is no question. That’s the trouble with sales. Half price means nothing if you wouldn’t need or love the thing at full price!
Image: the justified sinner