Sunday, April 06, 2014
FAO Schwarz on $20 a Day
Kelly wanted to go to an arts-and-crafts shop she knows that has a toy section. But I figured, "Hey, we're only a few blocks from Fifth Avenue. Why not go there?"
That's how we wound up at FAO Schwarz with two screaming girls strapped into a stroller and one frustrated boy trying to find a toy that cost less than $20 (the budget we set for him). It wasn't pretty.
Turns out, few things there are under $20. Elliot immediately scoped out this stuffed giraffe that cost $994.99.
I thought forcing Elliot to check the price tags himself would teach him a good lesson about money. Instead it just taught him that we live in a city filled with hedge-fund mangers and Russian oligarchs.
These "Avatar" dolls were $800 apiece.
We wandered from section to section: magic kits, Legos, super heroes, remote-controlled cars, stuffed animals. Finally he found this Playmobil cop-and-robber set for $15.95.
The set comes with three different firearms (two handguns and a scope-mounted rifle), so it was a little violent for my tastes. But the satisfaction of completing this task — and being able to leave the store — overcame any misgivings. By the end, Alice was about to gnaw through her stroller restraints and go on a rampage through the plush-toy section.
Next time we'll probably just go to the arts-and-crafts shop.