Or, in which a broken bra makes me get ever-so-slightly political... bear with me, if you will.
I'm annoyed that one day after I bought the thing, washed it in an appropriate manner and wore it to run errands, the front middle portion that attaches the cups snapped leaving me with an embarrassing situation and a useless item of clothing. I tried returning it and another one that was already showing signs of coming apart at some pretty important seams, but all I received were the typical responses given in these situations. With a bad attitude, to boot. So now I was determined to mend these stupid bras and wear them proudly - bad mending stitches and all!
I think, however, there are some important lessons here. We have all realized clothing we buy off shelves in these mass-market stores are cheaply made, often at an increasingly depressing cost to other human lives. We do live in a society where something like a $20.00 bra is seen as expendable - oh well, another one snapped so I'll just go pick another one up when I get my next coupon in the mail. But that's $20.00, or $40 in this particular case of two crappy bras! The former is easily a decent lunch out with my husband and daughter, and the latter is a delightful date night dinner! I'm sure the lousy customer service on top of a lousy product made something in my head snap, but it was certainly a wake up call to the ugliness of a big retail industry I wish we could abolish.
Without belaboring the issue too much, I clearly decided to take my sewing skills and apply them in an imminently practical way and sew up my busted brassiere. And while I did it, I made sure to think about the fact that I will never buy another product from VS again and that it might actually be time to invest a little more time and effort, and money, into sourcing better-made items from companies with far better business practices. Or make my own. They'll likely last longer and I'll be less annoyed if and when I have to fix whatever might break on them.
I'm off my soap-box now and we should return soon to the regularly scheduled programming.
Until next time...