Remember when I blogged about my dream winter coat here? Well ever since winter arrived I have been hitting up REI every week searching in desperation for another long, down jacket to get to an affordable price. (When all of them are between $250-$350 it doesn’t feel like they will ever be in price range….) REI has a unique thing where if you are a member you can shop in their “Scratch and Dent” section and get deals on returned items. REI has a 100% satisfaction policy so if you are a member you can return stuff there basically whenever you want. I love it.
I am lucky enough to have an REI about 10 minutes from my work so I hop over there frequently to see if I can pick up any sweet deals. It’s sort of funny to see some of the stuff in the Scratch and Dent and the reason why people returned it (they always have the reason why the return it so people know what was wrong with the item since the Scratch and Dent stuff aren’t returnable). There are normal things such as “it got a hole”, “the zipper broke” or “it shrunk” but there are also funny ones such as “my wife didn’t like the color”. No joke. So because some dude’s wife didn’t like the color of said jacket, somebody else is getting it for more than 50% off. Kinda weird but whatever.
After a few weeks of searching with no luck I stopped in one day to find my almost dream coat. This time it was a North Face. The North Face Metropolis to be exact. Ironic that I like the Patagonia Downtown and the North Face Metropolis? I think not. The only real difference was the lack of fur on the hood (which I was totally ok with). It was regularly $289 and it was on sale for $125. Whoa.
I tried it on about 20 times, sent my mom, Katie and Laura pictures of me wearing it and tried it on another 4 times. I have a rough time spending money…even if it’s something I need. Everyone gave me their stamp of approval and I tried it on one last time to make sure I wanted it. As I was taking it off a girl my age walked into the section where I was wearing the exact jacket I was debating over. Of course I jumped on that opportunity and asked her opinion of the jacket. She said she was in love with it and it was one of the best purchases she ever bought.
That sold me completely so off I went to pay for my new winter jacket. And here it is.
I realize we should have taken these photos outside but it was sleeting outside and nobody likes to stand outside in the sleet. Not even me in a super fabulous jacket.
And here’s my model photo…I know, I should be getting paid for this but instead I put these photos on the internet for free out of the kindness of my heart.
So what do you think? Would you give it your stamp of approval? (Even if you don’t, don’t tell me, or I might have buyer’s remorse…just kidding!)