Want To See a $9000 Tent?

April 25, 2012

I had a darling post about baby books all ready to go for today and then I saw this. Can someone explain this to me?

Or more specifically, please explain this to Andrew.

Andrew saw me looking at this and pretty much lost his mind.

As you may or may not know, I have a bit of a love/hate thing going on with Anthropologie. The love bit comes in with the fact that I love every single thing that has ever been, or currently is, or ever will be in the store. The hate bit exists because many of their items are....a wee bit excessively extreme in price.

This lovely tent is just shy of $9000.  Let's not forget the $300 shipping and handling fee. Peeps, if one of you is going to buy this, PLEASE LET ME KNOW so that I can beg, pester, cajole, plead and wear you down with the strength of my whining to be your very best BFF and to please invite me to come sit in this tent with you.

Andrew has very many thoughts on this tent:

"Why is it in the water? It's sitting in the mud."

"What happens when the tide comes in?"

"If you sit in these chairs, you'll just sink into the mud."

"If you can afford a $9000 tent, I guess you can afford to throw it in the garbage, which is what you'd be doing by letting it sit in the water like this."

"I can promise you that this did not cost $9000 to make."

This is what the inside looks like:

I don't believe that the chair, hat, sandals, drinks or table are included. Or the rug.

Just for funsies, I'd like to show you more priced-beyond-most-mortals items:

This 'Monsters of the Household Variety' book, by Ruth Ashton is $1200.

The illustrations are sewn and the book itself is apparently the size of a tiny human. I'm more willing to go with Anthro on the price of this thing because it's art, basically. As least they aren't showing a picture of it in the water!

And then this caught my eye:

'Green Couple', 2011, $998. While I appreciate this cool South African piece of folk art, and I like how they are reading a book while sitting on a purple settee, I personally would have a hard time forking over a grand for a 10 inch high ceramic.

Oh Anthro....

I think Anthropologie needs to get in touch with me and give me one of those tents or books to review and then let me have the BESTEST GIVEAWAY OF ALL TIME. Andrew would then cheerfully place the tent in the water to see how well it floats...



(Image Credits: Anthropologie.com)




21 comments:

  1. I agree with you there's some lovely stuff but to be honest you'd have to have more money than sense to cough up for some of this stuff. I'm not sure I could even justify it if I were very wealthy, I'd rather not be ripped off and donate some to charity.Rx

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    1. I could do a lot with $9k, but this stuff isn't it!....:)

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    2. well upon further reflection, IF I was a mega-katrillionaire, and had donated to all the worthy charities I would like to, and bought my 5 vacation houses all over the world, and purchased my entire new wardrobe (from Anthropologie :), THEN I might have to buy the tent.

      And then sit in it,drinking tea. While eating my Hello Kitty Laduree macarons. And everyday I would walk past it and give it a loving little pat, saying 'Good Morning $9000 tent!'

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  2. Admittedly, the tent *is* super cool... but $9,000 cool? Not so much. Andrew's comments were hilarious, by the way.

    The book is incredible and I can appreciate them charging so much for something that is essentially a work of art, as you so aptly pointed out.

    And at the risk of sounding like a rube... the little green men sculpture is rather on the ugly/creepy side to me (sorry!).

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    1. Oh I'm with ya, I think those little green people would scare me every time I passed them by (as well as being scared by the price ;)

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    2. And also upon further reflection, the odd little green people are growing on me...if I were a mega-katrillionaire, I think I might buy them too and set them inside the tent.

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    3. I just checked out the Anthroparodie site and I was cracking up when I happened upon an entry about the little green men!!! Check out the March 12 post (I can't find a way to link directly to it here).

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  3. Oh come on! I am totally buying that tent when the blog makes it's first $10,000-- oh wait, I still won't be able to pay for shipping :( And, I would probably have to live in it because Noah would think that was about the dumbest thing ever...
    No, not really. Seriously though, that book is something else-- hmmm-- wanna go halfsies on it?

    And the green dudes-- I think they're both guys-- I bet I could make that-- I'll give you a deal too, special priced-- $500!! How 'bout it?

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    1. When we win the lottery, let's buy the tent and use it as a vacation rental! We can all use it as a time share!

      I will totally buy the green dudes from you, if you make it. For 1/5th of that price. :)

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  4. Um... wow. The book is nice, but I'd be afraid to touch it, and definitely afraid to let a kiddo handle it. Pretty tent, but my car isn't worth that much! ;o)

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  5. Sarah aka Miss Watersilk4/25/12, 2:10 PM

    Melissa - you've seen http://www.anthroparodie.com/ , right?!??!

    Yeah, $9000 tents ... at least you get to keep it, right? When Joel and I were planning our wedding, we got a lot of "helpful" suggestions for cutting costs from people who had never organized a big party before. For example, have an outdoor wedding somewhere and rent a tent. Renting a tent is like ... $5k or something ridiculous. And not even as charming as the Anthropologie mud tent there.

    As Dolly Parton famously said, "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap!"

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  6. Sarah, I had not seen that site and now that I have taken a peek, I'm convinced IT IS THE GREATEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN EVER IN MY LIFE EVER! Seriously, don't we ALL need Mullet Skirts? (yes. yes we do.)

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  7. I'm confused, does the tent have a wooden floor? I've never met a tent with a wooden floor before. That seems difficult to set up and take down. Maybe that's why it's in water. Once you set it up it's not coming down, not even for high tide... and those wooden floors will never ever look the same. shame.

    Yeah, that book does look super cool! letting my children look at it would be out of the question though, hello chocolate smudged pages.

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    1. I don't know for sure but it looks from the photo that there is some kind of flooring??

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  8. It's darling, of course. But why is it in the water? I'm with Andrew on that one. I do love Anthropologie, though--and all their overpriced by lovely things. :)

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    1. You have to check out the site my friend told me about: Anthroparodie, you will laugh and laugh -- the tagline is 'Bohemia just got a lot more expensive'

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  9. UPDATE: Andrew says he looked closer and it says that the flooring is NOT included. So for $9k, you don't even get a floor! He was like, for $9k we could refloor our ENTIRE HOUSE in black walnut or something. Oh the hilarity continues...

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    1. Well, I *was* thinking about splurging on the tent... but to find out it doesn't include a floor? Forget it!

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  10. I'm with Andrew on this one - 9k for a tent? With no floor included? Give me a break, these people are crazy!

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    1. If Anthro is wanting to move into a different arena of clientele, that's cool and all, but I really don't think too many folks can remotely align themselves with this kind of price level...

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