Monday, November 22, 2010

Confession: I Care About Brands

As I've been preparing for Thanksgiving, I noticed that an unfortunate number of my glasses have broken. I've got enough wine glasses, but I also want to have water on the table for my guests. I am down the three glasses, plus four or five that my roommate has with beer logos on them. Not really what I'm going for on Thanksgiving.

I had been thinking of ordering some from the Crate and Barrel Outlet, which is where I got my old ones. I love Crate and Barrel. LOVE. I liked the Otis glasses, which were $3.95 each. But before I ordered them, my sister and I were at Big Lots and saw a set of six glasses in the size I wanted for $6.99. I liked the style and obviously liked the price.

My sister was telling me to get them and I was hemming and hawing. I finally admitted that I wanted the Crate and Barrel ones, even though they were pretty similar to these. Erin pointed out, "If these were at Crate and Barrel you'd buy them. They're the same thing." And she was right. Once they're out of the box, only I will know where they came from. And though I do love C&B, I bought the Big Lots glasses. Because I do care about brands, but I've learned in  the past year that I care about making good financial choices more.

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