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I don’t know about you, but I like to shop. When I have money, when I know in my heart I shouldn’t be at any store, when I’m happy, when I’m sad–you can probably find me in a store. But there’s just so many places I’m willing to spend my dollar at because of some of my basic retail rules. Some of them include the following:

* I will never spend more than $40 on a pair of jeans.

* A hoodie, “blinged out” or not, shouldn’t cost more than $25 at the most.

* If it’s not a leather bag, I can’t spend more than $30 on it. Sorry!

I have a lot more. Call me cheap, call me anal, but this way of shopping keeps my lights on and brings something extra to my closet. It’s a shame though, because some of my former go-to stores have, in a sense, sold out. Before, they were known for their low prices and designer steals, now everytime I go in these establishments I’m giving the mean mug to a supposed sale sign (THAT ‘AINT NO SALE!). Here’s a list of a few famous stores that have gone saditty, and no, I don’t appreciate it.


Remember the days when people used to be somewhat ashamed to say they got their shoes from Payless Shoe Source? Well, I don’t know what happened, but around the new millennium, folks stopped caring about what the store supposedly stood for (being broke to some) and started caring more about what kind of shoes they had in their stores. Well, well, well. Throw a Project Runway designer in the mix, a little more demand, and now Payless has lost their damn minds. Word? $50 for some boots? I’m guessing the “less” part in the name just doesn’t mean anything anymore, huh? You might catch me in there around the time of the BOGO sale, but snooty booty Payless won’t be receiving my business on the regular.


The minute we started calling this store “Tarjai” I should have known these folks were going to start feeling themselves. I don’t mind spending a little bit more on some of their designer collaborations, but the once upscale version of Wal-Mart has got to be kidding me if they think I’m going to spend damn near $40 on a Mossimo (not to EVER be confused with Missoni) jacket when we know the button will be off within a month. And don’t even get me started on the prices for their everyday health and beauty goods. Almost $3 for cotton balls? To the dollar store!


I knew Kohls had come a long way from being the inexpensive go-to joint for clothing, home items (everything you can think of basically), when I saw the label had a segment on Entertainment Tonight. Here we go…They are no longer selling clothes for the low low, and now, they act like $60 jeans are THAT deal. You know what I could buy with $60!? Not to mention that they’ve got big name folks like Vera Wang, designer and former reality TV queen Lauren Conrad, and Jennifer Lopez pushing lines at the store. Kohls??? I don’t even know who you are anymore…


I’ve been ’bout sick of Sears since the early 2000s. A lot of the clothing they sell shrinks, rips, fades with the quickness, and the price they put on their pieces is sooooo not worth it anymore. I tried to stick with the company for as long as I could. But aside from making available pretty low-priced appliances, they’ve lost their way. Unless you’re going in for a HUGE sale, I’d go somewhere else. Not to mention that all the pants are made like those bottoms your elementary school teachers used to wear over their stomachs that gave them that funny pouch. *Shakes head*


I was never a huge fan of Rainbow stores, I just remember back in the day they had those HUGE signs you could see outside the door that could direct you to racks with clothing for $5 to $10. After buying a junior high graduation dress from their and having the beading fall off that day, I was pretty much done. But I couldn’t get mad, cause it was cheap! But one day, after being locked out of my apartment and having a job interview coming up within hours, I had to run in there and pick up whatever I could with the quickness. Imagine my disgust at finding polyester skirts selling for nearly $30 and fits only “fit” for the club costing damn near $60 for a top and bottom. I know they’re making a good name for themselves these days, but please! And why did everything I bought from there from my interview, besides a pair of earrings, shrink? Mess…

Consignment Stores

This spot goes to all the consignment stores that have become WAY too saditty and choosy when it comes to the clothing they accept, and how much they’ll pay you for it. I’ve gone in consignment stores (ever heard of Plato’s Closet?) with shoes that I know cost me good money, barely worn, only to have folks offer to pay me $8 not only for my shoes, but ALL my things. Don’t you dare circle around that store a week or two later, you’ll be disgusted to find that your shoes are now on sale to some gullible individual for $25. Word? Look, if you hope to give anything away, just do the right thing and pass it on for free via the Goodwill, don’t sell your soul, and those good pair of shoes for LESS than the price of a movie ticket today.

Old Navy

Who do they think they’re fooling with their cute and colorful commercials? Last time I got a good deal worth singing about at Old Navy, I had to fight through the clearance rack like I was on a scavenger hunt. I’ve been growing bored with the brand ever since I noticed they were trying to hard to be the Gap, and we know how they like to play crazy for some black, olive, white and tan colored fits. Charging folks an arm and a leg for trench coats that aren’t lined isn’t cute, and coats thin enough to make your bones fall apart in the Midwest is NOT cool.

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