Friday, February 3, 2012

An InVestment

The puffer vest wasn't for me. Too bulky.

I had considered the quilted hunting vest. I'm no hunter. 

I thought of passing on vests all together this winter, aside from my myriad of sweater vests, of course.

Then about two months ago I spotted this vest from Polo.

The perfect balance of warmth and style without being too bulky, without being so utilitarian.

Cotton fleece on the outside. Brushed flannel on the inside.

One problem. The price.

At $145, I knew picking up this vest would be a waiting game. Finally, the price dropped to around $85 at and I pounced.

A week later the vest came in, and buyer's remorse set in. The vest was was everything I'd hoped for, but the price was getting to me. Off to Macy's the vest returned.

Shopping at Macy's that day, I noticed that the vest wasn't carried in-store, so the only piece in stock was this one. Two weeks went by before returning to Macy's, only to see the vest on the clearance rack. I wished to find the great markdown I originally hoped for, yet the vest was now marked $115.50.

Yesterday I went back to Macy's and saw the vest yet again. This time when I saw the price, I couldn't help but grin. Markdowns, discounts and all, I repurchased my vest for $37.44. No, it's not thrift shop cheap, but I'm happy with my 74% savings.

A great investment, right?

"I went to a general store but they wouldn't let me buy anything specific." ~ Steven Wright


  1. Scott, this is an awesome post. Very, very well done.

    1. Much appreciated, YWP. My next post will be a follow-up.

  2. Dude. I cannot believe I failed to mention that I work for Macy's. I can get some friends and family coupons next time we go down that route... Try to save you something more on your next pounce.

    1. Thanks! I'd certainly appreciate it. I shop Macy's very frequently.