When we pulled up to the Trolley Square shopping mall tonight I saw that my favorite clothing store was advertising 30%-50% off everything!!! The big orange liquidation signs seemed a little tacky and out of character for the store that had been offering me a diet coke upon arrival for the past 10 years. To my disappointment, I learned that Harold's is going out of business.
When it comes to clothes - I like to find a great piece and wear it over and over again until I am sick to death of it. Nothing bothers me more then clothing that only lasts one season. That is why I loved Harold's. Their clothes were trendy yet traditional and they have lasted forever. The pants were always cut just right, the fabrics never lost their shape, my sweaters didn't pile, and I never had to throw something out for being just wrong.
Not only will I miss the clothes, I will miss the memories associated with shopping there. My mom, sisters and I have marked every birthday, vacation, and Christmas with a trip to Harold's. Many special occasions have required outfits from Harold's and many of life's disappointments have lead to consolation shopping there. My husband purchased a necklace for me there for our first anniversary and it is still my favorite.
There is a lot of uncertainty about the future of our economy right now and it is really unsettling to watch a place of so much significance in my shopping life - fold. It is like saying good-bye to an old friend.