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November 27, 2007

Missing the Department Store

Holidays are supposed to be fun, right?

In time for the "shopping season," here's an essay on bygone department store culture. I'm too young to have experienced the things she discusses, of course, but even I remember that department stores (and shopping in general) were different twenty years ago.

A case in point: last week, I was in Macy's (my new default now that it took over Filene's, which in turn took the place of the G. Fox I dimmly remember from childhood), and wandered to the Intimates section to look for a few slips. I couldn't find any. I asked the young woman at the desk if they sold slips, and she just said "No," with a look that clearly said she thought I was asking for something crazy. No?? How can Macy's not sell slips? I ended up checking out in another section, and the clerk asked whether I'd found everything. I usually just say "Yes" to that question regardless, but in this case I figured I might as well mention my disappointment at the lack of slips. The clerk and her coworker, both older ladies, were stunned and appalled when I said they didn't sell them, so I felt slightly better that I wasn't the only person in the world who thought that slips were a logical thing for a department store to sell.

And, actually, if anyone knows where to buy slips, let me know...

Posted by Kat at November 27, 2007 02:42 PM

For slips, you might try Sears or maybe JC Penney's. For some reason, they seem like they might stock items like that.

Posted by: sprite at November 27, 2007 03:37 PM

They don't sell slips in department stores anymore? What the... what are you supposed to wear under a skirt? Maybe Victoria's Secret would have them. I'm trying to think if I saw any peripherally at Wal-Mart or Target.

Posted by: Jeanne B. at November 27, 2007 08:09 PM

I bought a half-slip at Target last year, and I know I've seen them from time to time at Wal Mart.

Or, definitely try Lady Grace (I think there's one in the TJ Maxx plaza across from the mall.)

Posted by: Ali at November 28, 2007 09:24 AM

I buy mine online at Penney's for just that reason!

Posted by: Courtney Guarneiri at November 28, 2007 10:01 AM

is it possible the young lady you spoke to was on crack? did the others ones check, or just believe you? because i am having a hard time buying that story. (the whippersnapper's story. not yours. that's freakin' appalling. curse you macy's!)

enjoy not being the young whippersnapper in this comment, btw. :)

Posted by: kate at November 28, 2007 02:06 PM
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