DebtKid is asking people to share the stories of their dumbest purchase ever for a chance to win his dumbest purchase ever, a DS lite. I had a hard time coming up with my dumbest purchase ever—it might be a suit I bought last summer…it was for winter wear, but I wasn’t at that job by winter. Plus, I don’t like the look. I’ve never worn it, so I’m trying to think of a way to get rid of it. I should try Craigslist. Seems like my worst purchases are often clothes.
But that also made me think of my wisest purchase ever.
It was the summer of 2003, I had just graduated from highschool and was touring Europe with my aunt and uncle from Denmark. It was one of the hottest European summers in a while, people were dying for lack of a/c.
In Venice, I developed an allergic reaction to my sunscreen. This meant that while I had to stay cool in temperatures around 100 degrees, I also had to wear long sleeves. That’s certainly a conundrum. My whole wardrobe was geared towards summer and I don’t think there was a single long-sleeved shirt in the bunch.
So we went to a store and bought this shirt:
It’s very light-weight for coolness, but it also managed to block me from being sunburned (I don’t remember what I did for my neck…maybe I let my hair down?). And very importantly, it was easy to wash every night in the bathtub or sink and then it dried by morning. So if I remember right, I wore it nearly every day for the 2 weeks we were in Italy. Back in Denmark the sun wasn’t as intense and I had a few other shirts I’d left up there because we knew Italy would be warm.
I’ve made a lot of good purchases, but this one was amazing. I still have it, because it held up nicely and it’s quite fun to wear. I’ve bought a hypoallergenic sunscreen, too. 🙂