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A store for people with WAY too much money - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
A store for people with WAY too much money
I'm still snickering, though I made it out of the store without actually laughing out loud.

See, when I get depressed about my finances, I have a somewhat counterproductive habit of going to look at expensive things that I couldn't afford, and today's lunchtime jaunt was to the ever-popular Restoration Hardware, which deals in overpriced towel racks and other household sundries. At the moment, they're having their annual fall lighting sale, in which small table lamps that normally go for $170 are marked down to $120.

I noticed by the door that there was a nice display of lamps on a step-ladder that had been painted black--an actual step-ladder, the kind that opens up in a V and has a little wooden attachment at the top which you're meant to hold on to while on upper rungs--and I thought, "Aw, how cute, they're playing up their hardware fixation by putting up a ladder as a display rack! Neat thinking!"

Then I noticed the tag on the ladder. Know what it said?

"Tiered Display Shelf, $279."

I skedaddled before I broke some overpriced item while ROTFLMAO.

I feel a bit...: amused highly amused

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jiminyc From: jiminyc Date: September 19th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow...I'm glad you didn't slip on the Genuine Wood Human Mobility Assistance Unit (aka floor) on your way out of the Open Egress Structure (aka door). Imagine how much THAT would have cost!
mafdet From: mafdet Date: September 19th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I read somewhere that PT Barnum was able to get people out the door with a sign pointing "This Way To The Egress!" People thought they were going to see something weird and found themselves outside.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 19th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.T. Barnum was a trustee of my undergraduate school. I don't know why I feel compelled to share that information. ;)

And I totally believe it, even if it's not really something he did--it's something the guy would do.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: September 19th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.T. Barnum was a trustee of my undergraduate school. I don't know why I feel compelled to share that information. ;)

Trivia of the day!

Wasn't P.T. Barnum the one who said "There's a sucker born every minute?" Even if not, the fact that there are people willing to pay almost $300 for a painted stepladder certainly proves the point.
austenrowling From: austenrowling Date: September 19th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is hilarious! >.< I think I want me one of those. ROFL
webbapettigrew From: webbapettigrew Date: September 19th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
God, that place reminds me of World Over Imports.
kelleypen From: kelleypen Date: September 19th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been in that store in SLC. LOvely overpriced stuff. I love to look at the 900 TTC duvet covers and pretend I'm actually considereing buying one.
akilika From: akilika Date: September 19th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
My friend Bill likes to call those "Rich Idiot Stores". I'm not QUITE sure this would actually count, as funiture actually serves some sort of purpose, but . . . I'm 99.9% sure that anything with a "teired display shelf" like that would count. >_>;

*snickers* Really funny. :D
sreya From: sreya Date: September 19th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
See now, my reaction to those sort of places is to loudly start talking about how I could make my own by picking up the supplies at the hardware store and spending a Saturday slapping some paint around. :~P Hey, at least I don't do that at craft shows - my mother's forever embarrassing me at those by speculating aloud how to make the crafts that are being sold.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 19th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that's always fun, though less so when you're alone and people look at you weird if you start talking out loud. ;)
dramaturgy From: dramaturgy Date: September 19th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That... is so sad, yet utterly fabulous. XD
darreldoomvomit From: darreldoomvomit Date: September 19th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I 100% adore restoration hardware. It is right beside the Chapters in vancouver, beconing me in whenever i pass by. My father went crazy and bought me a giant chess pawn for christmas a few years ago, it was awesome. Useless overpriced junk/useful overpriced furnature. Yum.
fionaphoenix From: fionaphoenix Date: September 20th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Heehee! My ex-husband and his fiancee (is that the correct term for live-in girlfriend of two years with a ring?) love that store.
It makes me very happy to see our common flist-buddies making appropriate fun of their sort. :)
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: September 20th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Not everything there is expensive...I actually found a couple of reasonably-priced gifts there.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 20th, 2005 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I once bought a useful multi-purpose tool there for only eight dollars. But the silliness is more amusing.
sonetka From: sonetka Date: September 20th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, so that's what Restoration Hardware is. I've seen the place but never been inside, mostly because the name always confused me slightly - I was picturing guys in Charles II-type wigs selling claw hammers. But if it's super-pretentious, I'll have to go entertain myself one afternoon :).
danaedark From: danaedark Date: September 20th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, man, reminds me of some of the stores we have here in Asheville!
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