Monday, November 7, 2011
As a young person living in the suburbs in the early 90s, options for clothing were limited, and my shopping excursion opportunities were limited too. There was the local mall with a few chain stores popular in the 90s, the department stores, and does anyone remember Karuba? Horrible. Also, there was The Body Shop, where me and my friends would collect those "statement/slogan" t-shirts along with colourful scented soaps, bath beads and endlessly bathe ourselves in Vanilla perfume. If I was lucky, my mother would take me to the mall one suburb over that had Club Monaco (remember those logo sweatshirts?!). Plus, being young my mother wouldn't take me shopping whenever I had a whim for a new babydoll t-shirt, so I needed to be creative when let free in a retail environment.
A lot of my "shopping" trips would consist of my parents dragging my brother and I to all sorts of uninteresting stores where I would inevitably find something to incorporate into my wardrobe. I wasn't about to let a shopping excursion go unfulfilled, no matter how obtuse the store was. I would find sweaters and outerwear from Eddie Bauer, marled socks or brightly coloured accessories at Mountain Equipment Co-op, old army shirts from camping stores... hell, even museum gift shops were fair game.
When I was in New York a little while ago, doing the museum thing, I was reminded of my little covert shopping outings. The MET online store has a lot of interesting jewellery, including the Egyptian style bangles pictured above.