My good friend Daniel gave me some rather bad news: He turned in his 2 week notice to Banana Republic.
I'm happy that he has decided to go back to school; even though we'll see how long that lasts. I'm happy that he has finally given up being GAP, Inc's whore. Buuuuuut, I'm shallow enough to say, I'm going to miss that discount. And the family appreciation days. And the preview of season roll-outs. And the down low know before the public does sales.
I'm going to miss the Banana. To tell the truth, some of that shit is way too expensive. $88 pants that I can get at GAP for $54. Uhm hmm. $198 gold strap shoes that I can get for...hold up, I did buy those--but with the discount, you see, it all made sense. I can't walk in there now and pay, what..retail? Oh, Hell, No. I'll have to wait for sales and with that comes the full knowledge that it may not be available in my size by that time.
With his retirement, comes the end of an era, for me and him. He was the last person I knew working at a clothing retail shop and in one of the GAP stores. Yes, I'm cheap. Yes, his discount spanned all three of those stores: Old Navy, GAP, and Banana. I'm going to miss it. A lot. He warned me to put my credit to the medal and get all that I want now. Do you know what kind of pressure that is?
It's like when you go to the mall and you have no money: everything you see, you want. When you go with $500 to blow; nothing attracts you and you end up remorsefully buying a $100 polka dotted silk poncho because it looked good on the Guess mannequin. I'm just saying.
I went into a Banana last night. Ugh--annoying; it looks like the same items they offered last summer, just another color. GAP--what the heck is wrong with you? There, they have nothing but tons of stuff on sale that's been in the store for months (lucky for you, maybe) that I already bought, oh and some ridiculously pink dotted blazer. I didn't bother with Old Navy, since I think it mirrors whatever GAP is shelling out at the time, only cheaper.
So, I'm stuck in the sea of discounts without a lifesaver, treading water for two weeks. Dead Woman Shopping.