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29 February 2008 @ 11:51 am
Dave Barry Quotes...  


Martin sent me to a page with quotes from Dave Barry Does Japan, which is tied for my Favorite Book (with Good Omens). I link it here as I hope you might enjoy them, too.



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BTW, while I've got you here, can anyone tell me why sheets and bedspreads are so expensive? Sheets are usually one piece of fabric someone turned the edges over on, and bedspreads and comforters are two pieces of fabric with batting that some machine crisscross sewed. Why are sheets usually 40-80 dollars and comforters triple digits? Where do you buy yours? Even Target overprices these damn things...

 
 
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Vocabulary/Back Scritches: evil now young man!spazzychic on February 29th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so bad at Nintendo that my character, when he realizes who’s controlling him, will sometimes pull out a cartoon razor blade and slash his own wrists.

LOLZ

I love Dave Barry. :D
Frittersfritters on February 29th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's one of my favorites on that page. You can picture it...

FYI, post was edited to express my confusion on bedding...
Vocabulary/Back Scritches: brb! Robots!spazzychic on February 29th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)

The last blanket set I bought I got from Overstock.com for like $20 with shipping.

I don't know why they are so expensive either. :(
Fritters: Jay Nodding by Frittersfritters on February 29th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
If I had more money I'd do a Charles Shaw, and buck the current establishment by setting up a company that actually sold sheets and comforters at reasonable prices...
lironesslironess on March 1st, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
The amount of seamless fabric is one factor. You would not want a seam running across or down.

I once made a copy of a comforter from cheep fabric. I did save money but it took a LOT of time and the quilting was almost impossible. I had to roll the excess as tightly as I could to squeeze it through the machine. I have a regular machine though.

Also, the cheep ones that you get a bed in a bag or something wear out after a couple of years. My comforter has almost no batting. It disentigrates or something.

To make a fur comforter for a queen size bed takes about 6 yards of 60 inch fabric, so I would say it is two things, the amount of yardage and the fact that you have to have them and can't cost effectively make your own.
krystalemerges on March 1st, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
have you tried Anna's Linen's? they often wipe out the competition on prices, and for good prices on higher end, check out Tuesday Morning.

I concur on the difference between quality and price on bedding, once I have had good sheets, it is hard to sleep on cheap ones, the thread count does make a huge difference in the texture against the skin...

so that is another factor in the pricing, not only seamless large bits of fabric, but higher thread count in said fabric
Frittersfritters on March 1st, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
I haven't tried Anna's OR Tuesday Morning. I try BigLots occasionally, but usually the patterns are nausea-inducing. I'll both of those, though, thanks!
krystalemerges on March 1st, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Anna's is a bit better quality and more selection than Big Lots, and be prepared, Tuesday Morning often has the $300-500 stuff so it is still pricey when marked down, but awesome quality available...
Fritters: Ed Resting by Frittersfritters on March 1st, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
As long as it doesn't fall apart like tissue paper (we've HAD sheets that did that 0_o) I don't NOTICE quality, so paying more than 40 bucks for a comforter is folly for me. The sheets at Anna's were reasonable, though, we might get some of those.

I should look and see if TM is online, the way Anna's is...
Pharfigpharfig on March 2nd, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Quality
I guarentee that if you had a 200-thread count sheet in one hand and a 450-thread count sheet in the other hand you would notice the difference. My bed is one of the few places in my life I spend money on quality. I have 450-thread count sheets, pillowcases, and comforter cover. My pillows are down alternative with one being extra firm for side sleeping, and one firm for backsleeping. I have a down comforter and a down featherbed. I sleep like a frickin rock. It took me a while, and quite a bit of cash, to get things the way I wanted them but now everything is perfect. The only money I pay out now is maintenance. Or new sheets if I feel like a new color. I try not to do that because it IS expensive. It still makes me happy and in the end, I'm all about happy.