Have you ever found a product that you absolutely love, only to discover that it is soon discontinued? Or worse, the brand no longer even exists?
Several years ago, I saw some down camping booties at REI and commented that they looked so cozy! I was dealing with endocrine dysregulation, so my feet were always cold. When my birthday rolled around, the overpriced house-slippers were mine. That Christmas, I bought pairs for everyone in my family. Camping booties for everyone!
For years, I wore them whenever I was home. It didn’t matter if it was 30 degrees or 100 degrees outside. My feet were always tucked into their traveling sleeping bags. On a daily basis, I reminded my boyfriend that they were the best gift ever.
Over the years, dozens of feathers have escaped. By last winter, my poofy moon boots had gone flat and my toes were cold. So, I winked as I informed my boyfriend that it may be time for a new pair. I don’t remember what he gifted me last year, other than the news that Cabiniste was no longer in business and my favorite down booties were no longer in production. It was a sad day.
I desperately searched online, so I could stock up before it was too late. I saw some used and deflated booties online for upwards of $100 dollars. I had just admitted defeat when I remembered that I had gifted some of the winter miracles to family members. Perhaps they would be willing to part with them.
It turned out that my mom didn’t trust the slippery soles, so had never ever tried them on. New booties, and in my size! Hooray!
Now that I have a shiny new pair, I plan to pick apart the wilting originals, so I can (hopefully) create a pattern, buy the materials, and ensure a lifetime supply of down cabin booties. But, if the owner of Cabiniste happens to be reading, please bring back the booties!!
What about you? Has a favorite product ever been discontinued? Did the local coffee shop stop carrying your holiday flavor? Did Little Debbie’s change the recipe of your favorite treat? Did your favorite brand stop carrying your go-to work pant style? Were you as devastated as I was to learn of the news?