What is booming during the economic downturn?…

With all the doom and gloom and talk of economic downturns and depressions, it can sometimes be difficult to see the silver lining around that dark cloud. An enlightening conversation with a couple in my boutique today, along with a few other interesting titbits over the last couple of days has led me to some interesting conclusions.

I was just discussing the economy with a couple in my store that I know own there own manufacturing business and was asking them whether/how they were being affected by the downturn, he has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years now, specifically shoes, and he said that strangely enough, when the economy is stable, booming or bullish, shoe sales don’t soar, and what does sell are the staples, brown, black, sensible shoes … okay, interesting, tell me more … when the economy is in crisis, however, suddenly sales soar and not of normal colours or styles, this is red stiletto time, animal print boot time, pink sandal time, you get the idea…

Funny enough, just the other day, someone else was telling me how lipstick sales boom when the economy is in a down swing!

And from our side, I wouldn’t say that our boutique is booming, but we certainly aren’t experiencing a downturn, we are continuing to grow at a steady rate.

I find this fascinating, I suppose it’s all about priorities, sacrifices and sanity! 😀

Yes, we clever women can run the household on a budget, yes, we can make a meal to feed 6 on a shoe string, yes, we can switch the lights off and scold the family for wasting water, but NOOOOOOOO, for pity’s sake, please don’t deprive us of our shoes or lipstick, we need some inspiration, we need some little positive, delightful morsel to keep us going during these tough times, we need respite, we need …

Sex, lipstick and red stilettos!!!!!!!


  1. Marc on February 28, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Hahaha there are some essentials people just have to have

  2. Chanteuse on February 28, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Abso-bloody-lutely! 😀Thank goodness! 😀