How long has this shirt been at T.J. Maxx?

7 Nov

Seriously guys, somebody needs to buy this shirt. It’s probably been at the Hyannis T.J. Maxx for close to three decades, and it needs a home. How did this happen? Did somebody find it in the stockroom and slap a price tag on it? Or has it been out on the floor this whole time? It was clear, on close inspection, that this shirt was actually vintage, not some misguided attempt at 1980s revival by a modern company.

Even the price tag was bizarre. I mean, the department was listed as “holiday,” and the damn thing is selling for $18.99. What the fuck? No shirt is $18.99. I’ve seen shirts for $12.99, $16.99, and $19.99, but never $18.99, and I go to T.J. Maxx ALL THE TIME.

I’m on Cape Cod visiting my parents, and my mom was totally embarrassed that I was taking pictures of this shirt.

“Why are you taking pictures of that thing? It’s ugly!” she said, backing away to the neverending line at the registers.

Because it’s ugly,Mom!” I shouted after her. “It’s like you don’t even read my blog!”

As the line snaked out even longer behind us, she laughed at my underwear purchases. “I’m going to go to therapy to find out why my daughter wants to be such a slut, and why she always has!” she said, as she paid for my neon orange garter belt.

I love my family. Even more than I love T.J. Maxx.

5 Responses to “How long has this shirt been at T.J. Maxx?”

  1. Derek November 7, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    What the hell holiday did someone design that thing for? St. Christoween’s Day?

  2. forefrontfash November 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    i feel pretty bad about the fact that its been ignored for so long

    • Kate November 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

      Maybe this will raise awareness and someone will buy it! I left it on the end of the rack after I photographed it, so it’s more visible now. At the very least, it would be a great Yankee Swap gift.

  3. blackgirlinmaine November 11, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    I swear my Grandma was wearing that back in the late 80’s early 90’s. Why they are selling it and selling it for $18.99 is mind blowing. Looks like it should be half price at Goodwill.


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