Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I Don't Need Another Coat. I Don't Need Another Coat. I Don't Need Another Coat.

One day last week when I was killing time before my shift at the Customer Service desk I stopped in at an outdoor store close to the mall.  The weather had been frigid and the sun hadn't been out for more than a week, so my first stop was the women's clothing department, where the spring weight fabrics and colors provided a welcome change to the things I've been seeing in my closet since before the holidays.  However, I knew it would be at least a month until I'd be able to wear any of those clothes, so I reluctantly left them on the shelves.

I meandered through the store, looking at things in the Hiking, Shoe, and Cycling departments that reminded me of the new season to come.  After I'd killed enough time I made my way towards the exit. Just to the right of the front door were some clearance racks that held a selection of winter gear. Even though I don't need anything, I stopped just to see what the sales were like.  As I got closer, I heard a bright ruby red jacket hanging at the front of the rack calling to me. It was quilted with curved horizontal lines, and the price tag said it was half price.

I kept telling myself I didn't need it, but I tried it on and was immediately impressed with how comfortable it was.  It was warm, but very lightweight. When I looked at the tag I discovered the jacket was designed to be a midlayer as part of a technical layering system for strenuous exertion.  I don't do a whole lot of strenuous winter exertion, and certainly didn't need a jacket for it.

But the jacket was red, and I hadn't seen the sun for almost a week.

I continued to read the label, and discoved the jacket weighed less than a pound, was wind and water resistant, and had two nice large pockets and hemcords to draw it in at the bottm.  The insulation was compressible, and it could be washed and dried at home.  It had a "lifetime warrenty".

But I already have a closet full of coats.  I didn't need another one.  I took the jacket off, hung it back on the hanger, and walked away.

I almost got to the door before I figured out that thanks to my middle aged heat fluctuations I'm often trying to shed my heavy coat while I'm driving.  If I bought a lighter weight one I wouldn't get overheated as easily; I'd certainly be a safer driver if I wasn't trying to remove my arms from the sleeves at highway speeds.  The jacket's warrenty meant I could wear it for many years.  And did I mention it was half price?

Take a look at my new jacket:


Five years ago today: New Thing #55--My Peeps

15 comments:

  1. LOVE it! And it will be very good to wear when you're out walking... safety and all that. Besides, it is waaaay cute!

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    1. I'd not thought about the safety factor...ANOTHER good reason to have bought it!

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  2. Really cute! And I like your reasoning! ha. Enjoy!

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    1. Reasoning or justification? I wonder :-)

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  3. Oh my gosh! That is gorgeous. I'm jealous! I'd love to get it for myself... and I live in Hawaii, for goodness sake!

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    1. As much as you travel I'd think you'd find a place it would come in handy.

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  4. It always was your jacket, hiding at the back of the rack until the price was reduced. Good find.

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    1. You're right...it was meant to be.

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  5. Love the color. I've been on the lookout for a new purple coat for a few years but have yet to find anything. Which probably means I do not need one. My old one will do. I would love to do as you did, just happen upon one that was on sale. I have only a few coats. Shoes. That's my weakness. Just bought two new pair a couple of weeks ago. But, they were on sale!

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    1. I used to have a lot of shoes, but my feet have changed their shape and I have trouble finding ones that fit. Now I'm down to less than a dozen pairs--but will certainly buy more when I find them. Especially if they're on sale!

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  6. well it's just beautiful and you did the right thing! They are making new clothes so much better these days, the solution is to donate the old stuff!

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    1. I go through the closet at the end of each season. If I've not worn something at all that year, out it goes!

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  7. This is why I never buy anything unless it is clearanced! Well, unless it is at the thrift store and I have plans to remake it ...

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  8. LOL nice try of walking away! I've done the same type of thing myself so I can totally relate. That and red would look fabulous on you! I say excellent buy!

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