Sunday, November 06, 2005

Move over, Dearfoams

What a full and interesting day I've had...

We didn't go to the morning service at church - our church repeats the morning service in the evening, so tonight we decided to try it out. I slept in until 9:30 this morning instead. A glorious and lovely way to spend a Sunday morning, if you ask me.

I had loads of errands I wanted to run this afternoon. One included stopping by a "Craft Fair" where a friend of mine was selling scrapbook products. Now, several years ago I used to attend these "fairs" regularly, enjoying the wide array of handcrafted goods. Well, either my taste has changed, or the wares have - but either way - I cannot believe how much crap I saw for sale today. The popular items this year (meaning I saw them for sale at every other booth) were little crocheted dish scrubbies, beaded bracelets and necklaces, hand knitted scarves, and soy candles. Some of these were pretty - but certainly nothing I could not take the time to make on my own. Then there were the, shall we say, unique items. Those little goodies where you either say "Why didn't I think of that?" or "What the heck?" Most are not worth mentioning. But one, for sure, was the stand-out "You've GOT to be freakin' kidding" item of the day.

One booth was selling slippers. Fluffy, white slippers. From the signage, I knew there had to be something special about them. These weren't your ordinary slippers, I could tell. I stood there for a full minute, reading the sign. I can't remember what they were called exactly - something like "cloud slippers" or something ridiculous like that. The sales pitch was - you put them on and then you can dust all your hard floor surfaces - then just take them off and throw them away - sort of like a Swiffer for your feet. I'll admit - at first they sort of caught my eye and I was drawn to them, but in a strange, sort of uncomfortable way. Like when you see someone you know, but you can't place them because they're out of context. You know - you see the librarian at the grocery store and it takes you a minute to figure out where you know her from. That's what it was like with the slippers. Like - "Hmm... something about those looks familiar... "

And then it hit me.

These weren't your ordinary slippers.



You read that right.

I still can't believe it. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I'd have a hard time swallowing it. But I swear, someone was truly marketing these disturbing little treats for the feet.

If ever there was a day I wish I'd put my camera in my purse, it's today.

Then I could prove it to you.

I'm pretty sure I've gone to my last craft fair.



  1. Lorraine8:20 AM

    OK, now you are picking up Kelly's lying habits. I know you are. You have to be or my view of all that's creative and artistic in the world is completely wrong. I'm in despair.

  2. corey8:40 AM

    I am going to have to side with Cathy today...I have been doing my fair share of craft sales lately - which is not a normal for me - and at the local women's show I saw some things that actually made me label North American women as silly, plain silly. I much prefer the fair trade craft sales, because things are made somewhere else or they have a purpose or something...maxi pad slippers ?? Come on - are we so lazy that we just won't sweep our floors. I must admit I did try out those gloved duster things - I hate dusting - but I am now back to pledge and an old towel cut up.
    I do think that people are less creative nowadays and it is showing at these sales.

  3. Oh my gosh I'm TOTALLY laughing! Truth is stranger than fiction. And Lorraine, I can't believe you're chastising Cathy for picking up my lying habits, which you LOVE, may I remind you. I detest craft fairs for the very items you listed, although I have a drawer full of my own handmade crocheted washrags. xo

  4. Laughing so hard, I'm crying. Still laughing as I type... this is so funny! I read it outloud to Alyssa and she is dying. At first, she said she wanted the slippers if they were Swiffers. Then I got to the maxi pad part and she said, "Eeeewwww. MOM! That is just gross." I have to agree with her. Give me a break. I can't believe someone actually had the nerve to market those. This entry rocks! You made me laugh right out loud - I needed that today.

  5. I assure you, I am not lying. I don't have nearly the amount of creative energy it would take to come up with that idea.

    It's so sad and yet remarkably funny at the same time.

  6. Do you suppose maybe that is what you do with them when you hit my age and find some back in the dark recesses of a cupboard you didn't know you had forgotten years ago.
    What a riot, Cathy !

  7. oh my goodness that is way too funny! do people think that these would be a christmas shoppers dream? that is so a hoot! thanks for sharing

  8. All I can say is I'm absolutely sure I'm not going to open Cathy's white elephant gift this year.

  9. Now if they were Magic Erasers, then maybe...but Maxi Pads??? EWWWWWWW! You should have invited me to come along. We could have had a good chuckle!!

  10. Hey, someone actually sent me the instructions on how to make these, if you're interested!! (Just imagine the look of horror your relatives will have on their faces when they open their lovely handmade Christmas gift from you!! LOL!)


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