One of my aunts surprised me with $100 gift certificate to Gingham, the baby store in Spaces. What a treat!
I've never ventured into this shopping center, even though it adjoins my favorite grocery--I guess I never feel well-dressed enough. Today I put on some earrings, grabbed my hand-me-down designer bag, and set out.
The goal: to find a super-cute crib sheet to coordinate my existing baby bedding.
Gasp. The cheapest crib sheet in the store (thin cotton, mind you) was priced at $76.
I wasn't impressed with the quality or design--similar to the Amy Coe line at Target. Actually, everything was a newly produced version of flea market style (vintage cowboy art, faded chintz quilts, etc.).
I finally found a yellow matelesse coverlet and baby pillow for $70, thinking I could have it monogrammed in a contrasting color, but the owner informed me that they don't do monograms. Oops. I didn't know monograms were now declasse.
I thought about saving face by grabbing a $95 maternity tank with "Due in June" emblazoned in rhinestones across the belly, but I just couldn't make myself.
Edited to add: I had a chance to study the inventory alone today and finally picked out a super-plush sherpa blanket and a Little Giraffe towel set. The only practicality was choosing them in pale green with cream, just in case we are able to have another boy one day.
What I *did* find interesting was the Tulle-a-lu Cuddler nursing pillow (sold there for $75)--which I had bought at a thrift store this week, simply because I needed another one ($2.50). I guess there's something to be said for cruising the fancy shops for research, too!