My 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.