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Possibly My Wisest Purchase Ever

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. 🙂

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RacerX March 5, 2008 at 9:29 pm

I got you beat…I bougt a Corvette when my wife was 6-month pregnant with our 2nd child…Loved the car, total money pit, sold it at a loss…that would be fine, but I still hear to this day, 10 years later about it..doh

summer March 6, 2008 at 1:57 am

dumbest purchase:palm pilot, it’s been 4 yrs since i bought one, i used it for 3 months, it’s still there in my desk. Too late for me to realize that I’m more a paper and pen gal.
wisest purchase: a car. i got a really low interest in my car when i purchased it and big downpayment (been saving for it). it helped me a lot because the local transportation is not really friendly where i live. i take good care of it and do regular maintenance to it. so far it’s 6 yrs old and still running smoothly.
another wisest purchase: front loader washer & dryer. saves me a lot from going to a laundromat. my back does not hurt because they’re taller and i don’t have to reach.

Funny about Money March 6, 2008 at 9:02 pm

What a cute blouse! (Nice crochet work in the background, too….)

In the summertime here in Arizona I live in those things. You can usually find nice voile artist’s shirt-style cover-ups in the swimsuit department. They’re great over blue jeans. So incredibly comfortable!

A broad-brimmed hat will shade the back of your neck where the shirt’s neckline doesn’t cover. Also keeps the sun out of your eyes, which is nice. 🙂

cybele March 7, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Charming blouse…and it looked great on you, too. Nice to see it again.

In the spirit of best purchase ever…in the clothes dep’t at least…a light pearl gray heather cashmere crew neck sweater. works as a sweater over a shirt or polo, can be folded to make a kind of scarf around your neck, or thrown casually over your shoulders keeps you comfy but not hot, not cold while you are doing whatever – flying/gardening/walking/playing etc – can be dressed up with a scarf or belt or necklace — or combo — to look pretty swish and classy or can go through the day disguised as an ultra-comfy sweatshirt. Doesn’t wear out, can be machine-washed on delicate and dries overnight. and it was cheap…Land’s End. Also a down vest…same idea.

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