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Old Navy: This Is NOT a Sweater

Old Navy SweaterMy dad is 82 years old. And his favorite thing to wear is an old cardigan my mother knitted for him — about two decades ago. The former elbows of the beloved sweater are now holes six inches in diameter. I exaggerate not.

I’ve been looking for a few months for a replacement, and they are surprisingly hard to find, but when I saw a commercial for Old Navy’s “all sweaters for the family $15 and under” sale (see one of the ads below), I thought it was a great opportunity to get him a couple of new sweaters that actually had intact elbows. So last night we went to the Old Navy located in Orem, Utah.

When I handed the cashier my first selection (pictured here), it rang up over double the stated price. I asked her about the sale — and pointed to the enormous poster on the wall a few feet away and the blinking, lighted sign with the same info hovering above the center of the floor. The response?

“Oh, this isn’t a sweater. It’s more like outerwear.”

Relieved that my selection (the “Men’s Marled Shawl-Collar Cardigan” in “Black Jack”) wasn’t underwear, I decided to purchase only the one and leave the other.

As we walked out of the store, we saw another $15 sweater sale sign from the sidewalk, that featured a number of people modeling sweaters — including a man with a button-up cardigan.

I like Old Navy, but probably won’t trust their advertising any time soon. Bah humbug.

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  • wWinning December 21, 2011, 6:09 pm

    Definitely NOT winning.

  • Dee's SmallHouseLife December 21, 2011, 7:29 pm

    Sure looks like a sweater to me!

    Hey, you probably already know how to do this..but I’ve started ‘googling’ the ‘name of the store’ and ‘coupons’ every time I buy something cuz about half the time there is an online coupon I can use.

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  • SueBee December 21, 2011, 11:51 pm

    Really? My dictionary says a sweater is “a knitted garment typically with long sleeves, worn over the upper body.”

    That looks like a sweater to me.

  • Alison Moore Smith December 22, 2011, 10:57 am

    Great minds think alike. Check out the post just before this one about online coupons. I do the same thing. 🙂

    Searching for “printable xx coupons” (with xx being the store name) can sometimes garner in-store deals. This time I couldn’t find any current, applicable coupons to stack on the deal.

  • Wowza December 22, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Can you say liar liar pants on fire?

  • Nancy December 23, 2011, 12:16 pm

    As long as your father likes it, then it’s good. I think it is really sweet of him to still ware the sweater made by his wife even though it is obviously wrecked.

  • Anna December 25, 2011, 3:42 am

    Cool thing and I wish I had the same one as I like warm woolledn sweaters and the price is very nice, at least to me.

  • Kristen Chevrier December 25, 2011, 4:42 pm

    That is pretty funny, Alison. I hope you were still able to cash in on the “happiest holidays” offer. Or was than an extra $15?

  • DiNaRa December 27, 2011, 3:43 am

    Cool sweater for sure! It was a real bargain from my point of view! I am looking forward to any sales in my area.

  • Alison Moore Smith December 27, 2011, 1:16 pm

    A little update. My dad loved the sweater. And — most important of all — he actually threw away the “holy sweater” completely on his own! 🙂

  • Alison Moore Smith December 27, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Oh, wait, I meant to say, “He loved the ‘outerwear.'”

  • cq December 29, 2011, 9:08 am

    It definitely looks like a Cardigan, In FAct In the UK its refered to as a ‘cardigan’ a ‘sweater’ as far as I am aware in its colloquial use of the term (to Brits) is an ‘Americanism’ . Hope this helps add a little to the conversational topic. (it’s a quite a neat one at that ,but then I may be a little old fashioned, I think it would great with a pair of jeans).

  • Marissa February 12, 2012, 12:25 pm

    Watch out for advertisements! It is a sweater!

  • vanessa February 16, 2012, 12:01 am

    This is really a great sweater. Your father must have loved it. I remember when someone gave me a leather jacket as a present. It was so lovely that I always wear it when I go to office. Anyways, great blog. Thank you for posting!

  • trevor March 9, 2012, 8:05 am

    It looks like a sweater to me. What else could it be?
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  • Sophia March 10, 2012, 1:50 am

    This is such a beautiful cardigan and probably you father will like it. Just sad to know that the price is not the same with the ads. But talking about your mom and dad, what a wonderful story they have. I admire their love for each other.

  • Nicole April 24, 2012, 5:27 am

    Ha ha..All sweaters are on sale except the one you are holding.

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