Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Les Plus Bas...Prix.

After lounging around the house for most of the morning, I finally decided what to do with me mum yesterday. After much deliberation, I took her shopping. At Tati.


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Yes, Tati. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tati, I have nothing but pity for you. Tati is the gold standard for trashy bargain basement shopping stores. Oh, and they have a bridal department! Need a pair of gloves for under 2 euros? Tati has it! Need discount hair gel from Mexico? Tati has that too! Need a pair of pin-stripe pants with lace sewn onto the back pockets? Have no fear, Tati has you covered!

I guess if I were going to compare it to a store in the US it would be comparable to an “odd Lots”, or a “Family Dollar” store. (Do those even exist anymore?) But let me remind you, they have a bridal department.

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Anyway, going to Tati has kinda become our classic mom/daughter shopping tradition for when she’s in France. You see, my mom and I are absolute psycho bargain hunters. In my youth we spent entire weekends at garage sales, yard sales, the Salvation Army, Goodwill….the list goes on and on.

Anyway, check out the booty we scored yesterday:

1 pair of grey Yoga pants.
1 bucket of my favorite conditioner.
1 leave-in conditioner that smells like almonds and coconuts
1 mini zen garden
3 “designer” winter scarves
2 pairs of “shorty” underwear
1 pair of blue legwarmers
1 extra-warm wool undershirt

Total price 38.51 euros SCORE!

Feel free to share your Tati love stories and bargain scores in comments.

7 comments:

old man neill said...

blue legwarmers! you struck gold.

Gem said...

I love Tati! My favorite Tati score was a long-sleeved T-shirt. My brother is obsessed with F-1, and the official merchandise is hors de prix... like 40 Euro for a T-shirt, 120 Euro for athletic shoes. Anyway, so at Tati they had these fake F-1 T-shirts with fake racing circuits on them and checkered flags all over the place. I found one that I really liked, but there was no tag on it. I asked the saleslady how much it was, and she seemed to make a half-hearted attempt to find the actual price, but couldn't.

"How much do you think it should cost?" she asked me.

I pretended to think for a little bit, covering up my ohmygod-i-can't-believe-she's-asking-ME reaction. "How about 2 Euro?" I suggested.

"OK!" She seemed totally fine with it. I got a receipt and everything.

In conclusion: I adore Tati!

Megan said...

I looked in their bridal section when I was wedding planning. It is like they are trying to be David's Bridal but even cheaper quality- ugh. I remember the saleswoman was such a b----. It's like she didn't want me to buy one of their cheapo dresses. (don't worry, I didn't).

kwerekwere said...

my mother wouldn't be caught dead in tati. i always found that amusing, given the amount of money she spent in flea markets. my dad would take us to antwerp to watch the diamond merchants or ostend to watch the ships, while my mom and my aunt would go to lille to the hypermarkets and the flea markets.

my sister made the mistake of asking to join the women one day. to let my sister tell it, it was too comical for words. i think she became traumatised watching my mother and aunt haggle in flea markets.

The Franco Fille said...

OMG at that wedding dress!

FrancineC said...

I had a serious addiction to Tati last year but I managed to quell it! Your post however is making me yearn for a trip there. I do need conditioner......

The Liberty Belle said...

I love your blog. I've been checking it out for hints and tips to use when I travel to France in this summer.

Best wishes for a blessed and beautiful day.