and now for something completely different.

1 04 2010

i tire of moral dilemma week. i had a whole post half written about something vaguely instructional and semi serious, but then i realized that i don’t give a shit about being instructional and semi serious. at least today i don’t. instead, i speak of a subject far more engaging and less of a bummer, the mall. over the last 10 years, maine has been overrun with big boxes. wal*marts, targets, old navys, and best buys are springing up all over the landscape, along with the requisite gamestops, panera breads, and famous footwears that for whatever reason ALWAYS orbit around the larger stores. i think it’s weird and gross how all the towns in maine worthy of the big box blessing now look all the same. although on the other hand, i do love target.

what’s really weird, is that now that all these smaller towns in maine have their own shopping districts, nobody needs the mall. in the last 5 years or so, the maine mall has been CLEANED OUT. filenes got booted by macy’s, but the space is still empty. countless other stores have bounced in and out, changed locations, disappeared forever. the urban behavior has gone out of business and been resurrected no less than 5 times (i think that bankruptcy is their business model). the sears wing is deadsville (despite their urging, i never have quite found the softer side), especially since unattractive but very sensible shoe emporium lamey wellehan cleared out. even mcdonald’s is hitting the bricks for some mysterious reason.  i did hear a rumor that we were getting a sephora, but the flowering of the maine mall into the mall of america (that i’ve been fantasizing about ever since the H&M moved in) just isn’t happening. it’s the downturn y’all. the way people shop is changing, and it’s kind of amazing.

case and point, the new goodwill. usually, when you cut off the head of one big box, another one just sprouts right back in its place. when circuit city’s broke ass shut down last year, i don’t think anyone thought that a thrift store would or could move into that massive space complete with sky high mall area rents. but goodwill made it happen (even if their bath and st. john street locations had to be tragically sacrificed), and the results are glorious.

are you looking at that line up of gleaming hooker boots over there in the upper left? i know one person who can’t wait to see those bitches sprouting up around town. in short, the new goodwill is fucking gigantic, and presently filled with both stuff and people. the book section looks like a bookstore. a decent bookstore (although you will still find the required copies of divine secrets of the ya ya sisterhood). the racks are endless. it was hard to really take it all in because it was opening weekend, and the place was crazy mobbed like black friday, but i did manage to get a few representative snaps on the ole iphone (check em out on my flickr). when i was a kid, it was shameful to buy second hand. now, it’s almost shameful not to. i like that.

and because i like that so much, i’m going to start holding a monthly goodwill oriented giveaway. i’ll give the details in a more official way in a few days, but for now, ransack your closets shelves and cupboards, and try to find the best thing you ever bought at goodwill. you’re gonna need that.

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10 responses

1 04 2010
Winnie P.

I always say that if I somehow became rich…like by winning the lottery or something (which would be REALLY hard…harder than it already is…because I don’t play the lottery) the only thing that would change about me is that I would buy BOOTS…lots and lots of BOOTS. I would not buy cars, houses or clothes (well, maybe some clothes to go along with the BOOTS). I would buy BOOTS. Every style, every color, every heel, every height…and I’m short, too, so I can barely pull them off. But I just love them. They are hot.
Now I need a cold shower after all this BOOT talk…

1 04 2010
bessmarvin

is your next bit of fan fiction going to be about boots? i think it’s amazing. i have a similar fetish for ballet flats. although if i could drive, it would probably be for heels. regardless, i totally understand the demented shoe lust. my shoes live in perfectly symmetrical stacks in clear plastic boxes in my closet. it’s more of a shoe museum actually… although if i won the lottery, i might need to buy another house. you know, for my shoes.

1 04 2010
blackgirlinmaine

I haven’t made it to the new Goodwill yet but severak folks I know have and have posted pics and I have been floored. You know plenty o Maine ladies are going to be wearing those boots. Man, its nice to see second hand shopping go mainstream when I was a kid thrifters were undercover and having 2 parents who were Black hippies and poor it meant I was in a first name basis with thrift stores…

Sephora at the mall? That would make me very happy, when I first landed in Maine 8 years ago I couldn’t believe that MAC cosmetics weren’t sold here, it was tragic. Since buying makeup online is not fun and heading to Boston got too expensive. I wish we could get an Urban Outfitters in Maine along with Ikea but I know I am dreaming.

1 04 2010
bessmarvin

i remember destroying a girl’s reputation by telling my classmates that she got her 8th grade graduation dress at goodwill. adolescents are vicious! not exactly my proudest moment, but definitely a good indicator of how thrift shopping was viewed in the late 80s. now i see teenagers in there are the time. vintage/thrifted is a valid style choice for young people now. i wish my parents had brought me up frugal! if they had, i probably wouldn’t be such a financial mess. as for the sephora, i think your dreams will be coming true. i have it on good authority that i will open this summer. i’m so with you on the urban outfitters & ikea! we need a petition. i think we’re too far out in no mans land for ikea, but UO has a chance! i though we would never get H&M, and that dream was answered!

1 04 2010
m

I am a visual intern for Anthropologie which is a sister store to Urban Outfitters so I get a sweet discount there. However, I always end up feeling weird when I shop there because I’m not A) 19 years old and B) 78lbs. I get all paranoid and think all the choppy-cut, bleached hair, ironically large glasses-wearing employees are judging me. There are some very cute finds there still, though. I got a cute top for $16.80 last night, with discount!

Portland, Oregon doesn’t even have an H&M! Maine actually has something before another state – it’s amazing.

3 04 2010
bessmarvin

what a kick ass job! yeah, sometimes when i go into UO i feel like the store clerks are giving me the side eye and thinking “get out of here chubby, this place isn’t for you”. i tend to order things online for that reason. they do have a lot of stuff that i’m not allowed to wear, but they also often have cute meat free shoes (killer canvas pumps & t-strap flats this season). i can’t believe that evil portland doesn’t have an H&M? how did that even happen? you’ve got both more people and a better reputation. i think you might need to write them a formal letter of complaint.

1 04 2010
not kristina

It’s me isn’t it? The one waiting for hookers. It sounds like me.

1 04 2010
bessmarvin

i’m pretty sure it’s me. but there’s no way to be positive. we can wait for the hooker boot parade together. p.s. how’s your vacay? i miss you!

1 04 2010
not kristina

Me and my mom both got the stomach flu, but other than that, great! Also, the cure for the stomach flu is lots and lots of episodes of the X-Files.

3 04 2010
bessmarvin

i feel like david duchovny might be teh cure for a lot of things, even if he does apparently have a porn addiction. i don’t know about you, but i’m definitely willing to let that one slide. i’m sorry you got the stomach flu bunny! that totally sucks. come home soon, and leave your stomach flu germs in arizona.

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