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  • Shamu Shops At Wal-Mart

    November 7, 2006

    I am loath to admit that much of my wardrobe comes from the Wal-Mart active wear department these days. It has come to that. Unthinkable for a gal who in her 20s once ate at the happy hour buffet for an entire month so that she could spend her entire grocery budget on a pair of Joan & David boots.

    The reason I end up buying so many of the things I wear at Wal-Mart is simple: I am there. Everyday I am there. I have a cart. I throw it in the cart. I take it home. I wear it. End of story.

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    This morning, after I donned a brand new pair of black Danskin “athletic” pants and a matching black long-sleeved top with blue and white stripes down the sleeves I was thinking that I looked as though I could pass for a person who actually works out, a person who actually deserves to be wearing so-called athletic wear. I was thinking that cheap clothes are not THAT bad. Until this:

    Sean: Hey Mom! I like your diving suit!
    Antique Mommy: My what?
    Sean: Are you going diving with Shamu?

    I looked at myself in the mirror. I did look like I was going diving with Shamu.

    Perhaps I need to rethink my Wal-Mart wardrobe.


    1. Rona says:

      Oh funny.

      November 7th, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    2. Jeff Hess says:

      Shalom Antique Mommy,

      I was very tempted to link this to a post over The Writing On The Wal, but I thought you might not appreciate the (you’ll excuse the pun) exposure.



      November 7th, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    3. Deidre says:

      How funny! I laughed out loud. Don’t you love the honesty of our children?

      November 7th, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    4. Susan says:

      People at work are now wondering why I’m laughing outloud at my computer!

      OMG, that is PRICELESS. Leave it to a child to think of that, huh?!

      November 7th, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    5. boomama says:

      As a girl who is currently sporting the solid black Danskin workout pants (cropped), I salute you. 🙂

      November 7th, 2006 at 5:09 pm

    6. Big Mama says:

      I bought some of those huge trendy sunglasses a la Nicole Richie and was feeling very stylish. I put them on as I was leaving my best friend’s house and her 3 year old looked at me and said “Oh Cooool, can I wear your goggles?”

      If you need to borrow them to go with your diving outfit, let me know.

      November 7th, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    7. Terri says:

      I remember my mother telling me how she wore clothes from K Mart so I could wear things from Parisian.

      November 7th, 2006 at 7:14 pm

    8. Antique Mommy says:

      I’m not as altruistic as your mom Terri. I wear clothes from Wal-Mart because they are just going to end up with macaroni stuck to them anyway!

      November 7th, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    9. PeanutButtersMum says:

      Why do we do this to ourselves? I too remember a time when I daren’t have worn underwear from Wally World, nevermind pants and shirts. It was against the code of my very being. Now? My wardrobe probably very much resembles yours. Sad, isn’t it?

      November 7th, 2006 at 8:11 pm

    10. Cmommy says:

      Well, first, Danskin is available at the higher-end$ stores, too. So, you don’t necessarily look like it came from Wal-Mart, lol! Second, you are fabulously fit, you pass on dessert and I would guess you were a Pilates expert.

      See, the disguise is working! :-)Chrissy

      November 7th, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    11. confused foreigner says:

      THAT is SOOO funny!
      As an aside- my Hubs and I went to Florida for our honeymoon- we got to see the Shamu show. (at least I think Shamu was in it- definately Namu, Shamu’s offspring) ANYway, we got to be the voluteers from the audience who go up and are a part of the show…. we got to feed them, and my husband got drenched from the tail splash… we didn’t get to swim with them though… good thing cuz I wasn’t wearing my Walmart diving clothes.

      November 7th, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    12. Cry it out! says:

      That’s freaking hilarious. I can almost hear the Danskin stock plummet. Or beg for fish. Whatever.

      November 7th, 2006 at 9:54 pm

    13. Pastormac's Ann says:

      LOL. How funny. Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story posted about a very similar slice of humble pie she was served today!

      I think it’s pretty impressive that he thinks you’ve diving with Shamu! He believes you can do anything!

      November 7th, 2006 at 10:07 pm

    14. Kai says:

      Well aren’t you lucky! You have your very own in-house fashion consultant! Perhaps we’ll see Sean on Season 20 of Project Runway someday!

      November 7th, 2006 at 10:45 pm

    15. Toppytiger says:

      As someone who works for Wal-Mart, please don’t rethink it until after Christmas bonuses. We like repeat customers. (j/k)

      November 8th, 2006 at 12:40 am

    16. nina says:

      Thank you! You just made me laugh at loud! Feeling a little down I thought I’d check some blogs before bed… soooo funny. goodnite fellow Walmart shopper!

      November 8th, 2006 at 2:15 am

    17. Antique Mommy says:

      Kai – I know! I’ve spawned my very own “What Not To Wear” show. That will be up lifting as the years go by.

      November 8th, 2006 at 9:27 am

    18. Goslyn says:

      Oh, too funny. Diving with shamu. At least he didn’t call YOU shamu.

      November 8th, 2006 at 10:07 am

    19. Carola says:

      You and your kid are simply AWESOME, I can

      November 8th, 2006 at 10:56 am

    20. Sarah says:

      Years ago when fleece vests were “all the rage” I got one and thought I was so hip and in to have one. It was a beautiful royal blue. My daughter — probably about Sean’s age at the time — lovingly said, “Mommy, I know you got your vest at Wal-Mart.” I hadn’t, but I was curious: “Why do you think that?”

      “Because it’s what the Wal-Mart payers (cashiers) wear.” Yes, indeed, it looked as if it should have “How may I help you?” stamped across the back. Call me deflated.

      November 9th, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    21. Christina says:

      I do the same thing. Put stuff in my cart at (you guessed it) Wal-Mart and buy it. Obviously I buy my clothes there too. I may have to rethink this now that Sean has made his own observation. It’s funny how kids see us even when we think we are looking pretty cool.

      November 11th, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    22. Kara says:

      LOL that is hilarious! I love how honest kids are!

      November 12th, 2006 at 7:43 pm

    23. Jamy says:

      Hahaha… Okay, that made me laugh! I can’t wait for my son (4) to develop that kind of sense of humor!

      August 16th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

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