NOVEMBER 23, 1988

Blast From the Past: A November Miracle

Have y’all seen that creepy Jim Carrey movie, The Number 23? Well, I don’t want to alarm anyone but I was born on May 23… May, the 5th month, 2+3=5… my half birthday is November 23… TWENTY THREE AGAIN! Coincidence? Oh definitely. I digress.

 

I kept these pantaloons on ice for nearly two months; we have a LOT of clothing, clearly. On November 23, as I pulled looks for an upcoming shoot, I decided to pop them on and take a test drive. Voila, a perfect fit to match their perfect condition. I slide my hands in the pockets to get the full effect and BOOM - A RECEIPT!

Well, well, well.

A few months ago (probably on the 23rd of something) I purchased a pair of vintage slacks that still had the original retail tags. This is always a fun find because, as a self-proclaimed ‘tag hag’, it’s exciting to get even more of a glimpse into the history of our beloved vintage pieces.

I always check the label because they are usually hilarious - CITY GIRL, TODAY’S NEWS, WILD DIVA - but to see the pricing and branding of yesteryear is next level special (at least for some nerds…)

I DIGRESS!

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My eyes scan the aged paper - purchased at Suzy Shier, Southgate Mall (lol); priced at $27.98 with a $7.00 discount (bonus); paid by cheque (!!!)… the details were darling. But tucked at the very bottom of transaction #21194 - the date.

Wouldn’t you know, the pants were purchased on NOVEMBER 23, 1988!!!

 
 
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After 30 years, these pants finally got to live their truth. On my stems. Holy shit. Half birthdays DO EXIST!

Note: Big ups to my mum for correcting my math, the original post said 20 years… what. ever. ❤️

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Caitlin Varrin