Would You Buy Your Kid a Locker Chandelier or Any of These Other Crazy Locker Accessories?Monica Bielanko
This is going to make me sound positively ancient, I know. But I stumbled upon this article in the New York Times about some of the crazy locker accessories all the “cool kids” are
buying forcing their parents to buy and I was blown away.
For instance: a $26 chandelier? I can buy one for my actual dining room for that much from Home Depot!
According to the NY Times:
At middle schools across the country, metal lockers that were long considered decorated if they had photos of friends or the teen heartthrob of the moment — Shaun Cassidy years ago, Justin Bieber today — have suddenly become the latest frontier in nesting.
Peek inside, and find lockers outfitted with miniature furry carpets, motion-sensor-equipped lamps that glow when the door opens, mirrors, decorative flowers, and magnetic wallpaper in floral and leopard-print patterns.
Click here to check out some of the outrageous stuff being marketed to tweens and teens.
I don’t understand. Wouldn’t that just get in the way of the stuff you’re supposed to keep in your locker? “It is hard to say whether retailers have merely capitalized on or actually created demand among girls for the accessories” the New York Times says. My guess? The latter.
Seriously, what’s next, locker-sized flat screen televisions? DVD players? I mean, when I was a kid I had to walk uphill both ways to get to my locker and chandeliers were something my grandma had in the dining room we only used twice a year…
What I’m saying is my locker was my locker. Sure I may have taped up a couple photos of Brad Pitt (man, I’ve loved him for half my life, at this point) or my boyfriend for that week and, of course, the obligatory photo booth shots with my best friend, but that was it. Now they’re marketing lockers like apartments. Check out this Design Your Own Locker page, for crying out loud. Also, it’s just another way to separate the kids that come from money from the rest of the pack. Ain’t no way in hell my mom was buying me locker lights or any of that crap.
To prove my point about the locker madness check out just a few things that are on the market. Seriously, would you buy your kid a chandelier or any of the other stuff you’re about to see? Am I just naive about the ways of the tweens and teens because my kids are still in diapers?