Betrayed: A Sparkling Love Affair with Macy's Is Over
I've been betrayed. And, no, not by my husband, which would probably be more understandable.
I've been betrayed by my favorite store.
I've had a lifetime love affair with Macy's. It started when I was 16 and started working for the union Macy's in San Rafael. I was a flyer (worked in all departments) at $8.35 an hour. The pay was astronomically good for a teenager in 1984 because the store was union, but I didn't really have union dues because I was less than even part time. I was seasonal. When I went to college, I worked the Thanksgiving holiday, the Christmas holiday, Easter/Spring Break and summer. Basically, whenever I came home from college I would work.
That started my lifetime love affair. Floating from department to department let me see all the different merchandise and deals - marked down super soft towels in domestics, funky jewelry on clearance, gorgeous fina china at a steal in tabletop. I lusted after fine crystal goblets I didn't need. Longed for dresses I would never wear. And I learned to wrap absolutely fabulously in gift wrap. To this day, that is the best skill I learned from Macy's.
All of this was well before I realized how little stuff I really want in my life. How our consumerism hurts our enviornment. I was quite a shopaholic back then, and Macy's fueled it.
Even after trimming down the stuff in my life, and trying to curb my magpie desire to acquire stuff, I still shopped at Macys though, mostly jewelry and wedding gifts. And not just any jewelry, but fine jewelry. I stayed away from the diamonds since I didn't and don't want conflict diamonds (my wedding ring is a clear sapphire). I also don't always shop there for jewelry. The mark up is fairly high, and the jewelry district is right down the street.
But I trusted Macy's. I trusted that the jewelry and gemstones were as represented. I also love the jewelry account which allows use to pay interest free for a year. So after my first trial, I bought myself a piece of jewelry from Macy's. When I made partner, I did the same. And so on. Nothing particularly elaborate, but I paid for fine jewelry over costume, in part because I wanted something to last, that would be passed to my daughter, that had some value. I certainly believed I was buying real gemstones.Continued on the next page