Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like... 90% Off

Every year at this time, I have a very odd little game I play. It is called, "What Christmas merchandise is left a month after Christmas that will not even sell at 90% off?" Take the lovely fur trimmed stocking above. Originally $35, but not moving at $3.50 for some strange reason. Perhaps all the Martians have already purchased their items hung by the chimney with care.

And then there is this stunning collection of Santas. A bowling Santa. A fishing Santa. And everyone's favorite: a tractor riding Santa carrying his pig.

Nothing says Merry Christmas like Santa in civilian clothes.

I am speechless at these decorations. Without words that they did not sell to frog and banana collecting Christmas customers.

And finally, these little left-over baubles. I guess those decorating with turquoise, magenta and red feathers did not shop at Hobby Lobby this year.

It occurs to me that we blame many people for the problems we are having with our economy.

I submit we consider some of the prime suspects might be the merchandise buyers.

Their punishment?

How about a metallic silver holiday decorating scheme, accented with frogs, bananas and all manner of Santas dressed for after-Christmas shennanigans...heavy on the red feathers.

Only 332 shopping days until next Christmas. You're welcome.


Craig Weeks said...

Ok, Mrs. O, that is razor sharp social commentary on the very fabric of America if ever I've seen it. I'm thinking you could be an at-large contributor to This American Life on public radio if you so desired.

My professional life gives me my own twisted view of these things. I picture a team of people huddled in a (foreign?) conference room somewhere hammering out the business plan for these "products". What is the expected ROI? What is the justification? What ridiculous assumptions is it based on? What about the sales guy pounding the pavement day after day just trying to make his quota? And at the very top some executive is making payments on his Swiss chalet with this stuff. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

P.S. How do you get these photos without being seen? Maybe you just don't care? Whatever. Keep it up.

k and c's mom said...

I shot without flash at Hobby Lobby. Where there is still an entire aisle of these goodies left.